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School of Health and Society

Katy Jones


Katy is a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford. Prior to joining SHUSU, Katy was a Researcher at The Work Foundation, where she developed her expertise on labour markets and related policy. She has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics. Katy is currently working towards a PhD in Educational Research at Lancaster University investigating the employment and skills support offered by organisations supporting single homeless adults within the Greater Manchester area.


Katy has delivered a number of guest lectures in Social Policy and Social Work, relating to the topics of welfare, homelessness, and inequality.

Research Interests

Katy is currently working on research projects relating to welfare conditionality and homelessness. Her research interests include labour market insecurity and disadvantage, welfare policy and practice.

  • Labour markets
  • Skills/adult education
  • Homelessness
  • Welfare policy

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Member of the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group
  • Affiliate Member of the Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University


Sissons, P. and Jones, K. (in press). ‘Local industrial strategy and skills policy in England: Assessing the linkages and limitations - a case study of the Sheffield City Deal’ Local Economy

Lee, N., Sissons, P. & Jones, K. (2015). ‘The geography of wage inequality in British cities,’ Regional Studies.

Dumoulin, D. and Jones, K. (2014). Reading Counts: Why English and maths skills matter in tackling homelessness. London: St Mungo’s Broadway.

Ray, K., Sissons, P, Jones, K. & Vegeris, S. (2014). Employment, pay and poverty: An evidence review York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Sissons, P. and Jones, K. (2014). How can local skills strategies help low earners? York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Postgraduate research

  • Labour markets
  • Skills/adult education
  • Homelessness
  • Welfare policy