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 is a Reader in Social Welfare at the University of Wolverhampton. With a background in policy analysis, in books published to date, 'Social Policy for Social Welfare professionals', co-authored with Graeme Simpson, and 'What's Your Problem?, 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 and future practices. This is reflected in the work of the Future methods group that examines the role of futures in policy and practice and the role of policy and practice in creating futures. Faced with an uncertain, contested but ultimately shared future, the group explores the concepts, tools and perspectives available for a future minded form of research that can inform policy and deepen an understanding of probable, possible and preferable futures. As part of the group, the Dial 481 project works with individuals, groups and institutions to bring future orientated approaches to life on real projects in order to inform and support future debates, policies and practices.


PhD – Manchester Metropolitan University (1997)

PGCE - Further and Higher Education Teaching and Learning Certificate, Manchester Metropolitan University. (1998)


Connor, S. (2017) An examination of independent fiscal councils and their orientation to the future and policy making, European Journal of Futures Research. DOI: 10.1007/s40309-017-0124-6

Connor, S. (2017) (A)Political Futures: The rationale, form and function of independent fiscal councils in policy making, Futures of a Complex World, 12–13 June 2017, Conference Proceedings, Turku, Finland.

Connor, S. (2017) Global Megatrends and the Black Country. Dial481 project / University of Wolverhampton

Connor, S (2013) What's Your Problem? Making sense of social problems and the policy process. St Albans: Critical Publishing.

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).

Simpson, G. & Connor, S. (2011) Social Policy for Social Welfare Professionals. Bristol: Policy Press.

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. 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.

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.Publications