Staff Profile: Dr Steve Iafrati

Dr Steve IafratiFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences

‌School‌

School of Social, Historical and Political Studies (SSHiPS)‌‌‌

Role

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Social Policy‌

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323471

Email: s.iafrati@wlv.ac.uk

Address:            

University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
Nursery  Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1AD

Biography

I initially undertook a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Economics at the University of Wolverhampton, where I developed an interest in the distribution of resources and rewards in society. 

I then went on to complete my PhD, which was a study of regeneration in the West Midlands and looked in particular at the issues of social exclusion, political economy and stability/crisis.

After my PhD, I left the university to work initially in the voluntary sector and subsequently for a local authority in the field of neighbourhood management. Working with a range of agencies to address areas of concernment in priority neighbourhoods, I led on developing action plans, monitoring and commissioning research.

In early 2008, I returned to the University of Wolverhampton as a senior lecturer in social policy, where I teach across a range of modules. 

My main areas of interest relate to poverty and social exclusion as well as the ways in which welfare is funded and delivered, this includes the role of government intervention.

In addition to lecturing, I have just completed supervision of a PhD, I sit on the faculty research committee and I have delivered training sessions to local authority community development workers. 

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and as a member of the Social Policy Association, I have presented papers at the annual conference.

Academic qualifications

  • PGCE (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education)
  • PhD Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Economics

Teaching interests

  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Community and Neighbourhood Policy
  • Economic base of welfare
  • Participation in policy making

Professional body membership and roles

Social Policy Association Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Recent and ongoing research has included the following.

  • Research for Heart of England’s “Communities Uncovered” research and report to identify key priorities in West Midlands for charitable giving – externally funded contract research
  • Higher Education Innovation Fund grant to work with Wolverhampton City Council researching youth unemployment, September 2016
  • Policing the threat: ‘Implied hate crime’, homophobia and behaviour change, British Journal of Community Justice, Winter 2016
  • The sustainability of food bank provision: What happens when demand outstrips supply?, Research Highlights, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24(3), October 2016
  • Refugee families are facing new upheaval and uncertainty when granted asylum, Professional Social Work, July/August 2016
  • Refugee families are facing new upheaval and uncertainty when granted asylum, research featured in British Association of Social Workers news section, June 2016
  • Awarded small grant from British Academy/Leverhulme to research food banks and their sustainability, March 2016
  • Awarded small grant from Social Policy Association to organise a Policy Round Table event examining policy responses to food banks in the Black Country, February 2016
  • Commissioned by Wolverhampton City Inclusion Board to research on potential impact of introducing Universal Credit to Wolverhampton, November 2015
  • Research project with Wolverhampton City Council and Wolverhampton Citizens’ Advice Bureau examining changes in food bank demand in Wolverhampton, Autumn 2015
  • Where’s there a Waitrose you don’t get homophobia, conference paper at Social Policy Association conference, Belfast, July 2015
  • Research with Summit House investigating the presence and impact of hate crime in Dudley, September 2014 onwards (with funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office) – research subsequently led to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office funding an officer at Summit House to develop strategies and plans to address the issues raised.
  • Redefining poverty in an age of austerity and welfare retrenchment, Conference Paper at Social Policy Association annual conference, July 2014
  • Research investigating the presence and impact of hate crime in Dudley, September 2014 onwards
  • ‘Redefining poverty in an age of austerity and welfare retrenchment’, Conference Paper at Social Policy Association annual conference, July 2014
  • September 2013 – January 2014 ‘Caste in Britain’ research commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in order to inform the inclusion of caste within the Equality Act 2010.  Research led by Dr Meena Dhanda University of Wolverhampton and including academics from other universities
  • Creating a legacy of long-term indebtedness: The toxic impact of payday loans in Wolverhampton, Conference Paper at Social Policy Association annual conference, July 2013
  • March 2013, Research on social and economic change in former New Deal for Communities area for St Peter’s parish, Braunstone, Leicester 
  • June 2013, Social Return on Investment research with Birmingham Drug and Alcohol Addiction Team and production of a final report detailing their contribution towards budget savings in other service provision areas.
  • 2012: Member of advisory group for ‘Benefits Stigma in Britain’ research commissioned by Elizabeth Finn Foundation and carried out by the University of Kent
  • October 2012: Analysis of data from Wolverhampton City Council’s citywide ‘community hubs’ consultation and production of a final report for councillors
  • July 2012 & March 2014, Training Sandwell MBC Community Development Workers on national policy and its local impact
  • January 2012, receipt of grant award from Social Policy Association to organise conference of community development workers across the Black Country
  • Future threats and opportunities for the voluntary sector, Community Development Sandwell, December 2011
  • Replacing public provision with volunteering: New uncertainties for deprived neighbourhoods Conference Paper at Future Cities 2011, December 2011
  • Big Society: A new role for the voluntary sector and the potential for new inequalities Conference Paper at Social Policy Association Annual Conference, July 2011

Selected publications

  • 'The sustainability of food bank provision: What happens when demand outstrips supply?', Research Highlights, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, forthcoming
  • 'Policing the threat: 'Implied hate crime’, homophobia and behaviour change', British Journal of Community Justice, forthcoming
  • 'The investment and regenerative value of addiction treatment', Drugs and Alcohol Today, 15 (1), March 2015
  • ‘Creating a legacy of long-term indebtedness: The toxic impact of payday loans in Wolverhampton’, Social Policy Review 26, July 2014
  • Dhanda, M., Mosse, D., Waughray, A., Keane, D., Green, R., Iafrati, S. and Mundy, J. K. (2014) ‘Caste in Britain: Experts’ Seminar and Stakeholder Workshop’ Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report no. 92.  Manchester: Equality and Humans Rights Commission