Stuart Connor has over 20 years’ experience of teaching and researching with individuals and organisations in a range of policy and practice settings. In books published to date, 'Social Policy for Social Welfare professionals', co-authored with Graeme Simpson, and 'What's Your Problem? Making Sense of Social Problems and the Policy Process', a recurrent theme is to not only understand the impact that policies have on people's lives, but to also explore how people can and should have an impact on policies. This is reflected in Stuart’s current programme of work researching the future of social welfare and the nature and role of utopias in policy and practice. This work includes three inter-related strands, namely:
Past Futures - identifying and reviewing conceptions and representations of the future. This includes examining work from a range of disciplines, where the emphasis is on highlighting the diversity of realisations, pre-occupations, anticipations and orientations as to what the future is, will and should be.
Current Futures – identifying and exploring how the future is reflected, realised and determined in everyday actions, practices and policies. Particular emphasis is on revealing whose future is being determined and related judgements regarding agency and the good society.
Future Practices – Supporting the capacity of individuals, groups and organisation to identify probable, possible and desirable futures in order to help prepare, negotiate and mind the future.