Mr Stuart Connor

Reader in Social Welfare

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323004 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Areas of expertise: Social Policy


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.


  • Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Birmingham (2007 – 2015)
  • Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Wolverhampton (2004- 2007)
  • Research Fellow, University of Wolverhampton (2003 – 2004)
  • Research Assistant, University of Wolverhampton (2002 – 2003)
  • Policy Officer, Sandwell Health Authority (2001 – 2002)
  • Lecturer in Health Studies (1997 – 2000)



Journals (include web links if applicable)

  • Connor, S (2012) Using frames and making claims: the use of multimodal assessments and the student as producer agenda. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences (ELiSS). 4(3).
  • Connor, S. (2011) Structure and Agency: a debate for community development? Community Development Journal. (suppl 2): ii1--ii15 doi:10.1093/cdj/bsr006
  • Rowlingson, K. and Connor, S. (2010) The ‘Deserving’ Rich? Inequality, Morality and Social Policy. Journal of Social Policy. 40(4): doi:10.1017/S0047279410000668
  • Connor, S. (2010) Promoting ‘Employ ability’: The changing subject of welfare reform in the UK. Critical Discourse Studies, 7(1): 41-53.
  • Connor, S. (2010) The Myth of Community? Concept: The Journal of Community Education and Practice Theory. Vol.1 No.3 winter.
  • Connor, S. (2007) We’re Onto You: a critical examination of the Department for Work and Pensions’ ‘Targeting Benefit Fraud’ campaign. Critical Social Policy. 27(2): 231-252.

Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)

  • Connor, S (2013) What's Your Problem? Making sense of social problems and the policy process. St Albans: Critical Publishing.
  • Simpson, G. & Connor, S. (2011) Social Policy for Social Welfare Professionals. Bristol: Policy Press.

Chapters in Books

  • Connor, S. and Huggins, R. (2010) The Technology and the Artefacts of Social Control –
  • Monitoring Criminal and Anti-Social Behaviour Through and In Media Cultures. In,
  • Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 15, Social Control: Informal, Legal
  • and Medical, Edited by James Chriss. Cambridge, MA, Emerald.