Dr. Mark Wilding

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton C503

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Current positions

Reader in Social & Public Policy


Mark has a strong track record of producing internationally excellent and world leading research. His work spans policy areas including employment, housing, social care, and social enterprise, and draws upon qualitative and quantitative methods. He has written more than 50 research outputs, including many peer-reviewed articles, published in highly-ranked journals. Prior to joining the University in 2014, he worked as an Assistant Professor in South Korea, where he received awards for the quality of both his research and teaching. During this time, he was International Officer of the Seoul Association for Public Administration and on the editorial team of the journal ‘Korean Society and Public Administration’. His national and international research profile has led to posts of External Examiner at the International University of Japan, and the universities of Brighton and Chester.

He is Programme Leader of the Higher Apprenticeship in Housing Policy and Practice. This role requires drawing on knowledge and networks established through research projects to inform programme development and delivery in accordance with Industry Collaboration Zone principles. He has led and contributed to numerous research and evaluation projects. Along with work for charities and local government, he has conducted research for the Welsh Government; Department of Work and Pensions; Oxfam; the Korean National Assembly Budget Office; the Big Lottery Fund; and the Economic and Social Research Council. A key factor which underlies this work is improving the standards of professional practice, which Mark aims to continue to develop through future national and international research projects.

Areas of research

Social Policy, Policy Transfer, Comparative Social and Public Policy, Employment, Housing


I have taught on 28 separate modules to date, including 9 at postgraduate level. These have fed into social policy and public administration programmes in the UK and South Korea. I am Programme Leader for the Housing Policy and Practice programme (Higher Apprenticeship). I also currently lead the MSc Social Policy module 'Social Policy: Ideology, Theory & Practice', and the BSc Social Policy module 'Citizenship & Welfare'. I strongly believe in research-informed teaching and draw on my own research experiences where possible. I am external examiner of the BSc (Hons.) Social Policy and Practice programme at the University of Brighton.

Teaching Interests

  • Comparative policy analysis
  • Public policy
  • Welfare
  • Employment
  • Housing

Research Interests

Selected Recent Projects
  • 2017: “Welsh Government, “Evaluation of Homelessness Services for Adults Leaving the Secure Estate”, for the Welsh Government (PI: Madoc-Jones, I.)
  • 2017: “Evaluation of Salford Crisis Support”, for Salford CAB.
  • 2016: “Evaluation of the DWP and Oxfam Livelihoods Training Project”, for the DWP and Oxfam Cymru (PI: Scullion, S.)
  • 2016: “Evaluation of Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014”, for the Welsh Government (PI: Ahmed, A.)
  • 2016: “Meeting the Housing Needs of Ex-Services Personnel in Tameside”, for Tameside MBC.
  • 2012: “Overseas Public Corporation Management Agency Research”, for the Korean National Assembly Budget Office (PI: Park, S.)

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD Labour Studies (from University of Manchester)
  • MA Economic and Social Studies (Labour Studies) (from University of Manchester)
  • BA (hons.) Politics (from Liverpool John Moores University)


  • HEA Fellow

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

I currently supervise PhD and Masters by Research projects on CSR; employment and mobilities; social inclusion of people with disabilities; and health care in Saudi Arabia.

I would be happy to supervise postgraduate research projects relating to comparative policy analysis (particularly East Asia); work and welfare; housing; public sector reform; voluntary sector and social enterprise