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Professor Steve Fothergill

Job title: 
Professor, MA, BPhil

Phone 0114 225 3073
Email: natsec@ccc-alliance.org.uk

Steve Fothergill has been a professor within CRESR since 1992. An economist by background, he is an experienced researcher with a track record extending back more than thirty years at a number of academic institutions and a national and international reputation.

Most of Steve's work has been within the field of urban and regional development, particularly in the UK context, including studies of cities, rural areas, coalfields and seaside towns. Over the last decade his work (with Christina Beatty) on hidden unemployment and incapacity benefits has proved particularly influential. He has led numerous research projects for a wide range of clients, and is the author or co-author of five books and more than 100 articles and reports. He has worked closely with government, MPs, the EU and local authorities.

Outside academia, Steve Fothergill is the director of the Industrial Communities Alliance, the association of local authorities in Britain's older industrial areas, in which capacity he leads the lobbying for economic, social and environmental regeneration. For many years previously he was director of the Coalfield Communities Campaign and played a key role in the regeneration of Britain's former mining areas.

Research interests

Steve's research interests include

  • urban and regional economic analysis
  • regional policy
  • business and industry
  • Europe
  • labour markets
  • joblessness
  • local area studies
  • energy policy
  • benefits system
  • regeneration
  • tourism.

Recent research projects

2014-2015 HEIF Public Engagement in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University.

2014 Seaside Towns in the Age of Austerity, British Destinations/Welsh Government/BACTA.

2014 The Local Impact of Welfare Reform in Wales, Industrial Communities Alliance for Wales.

2014 The Local Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland, Scottish Parliament.

2012 The coastal communities of South East England, various local authorities.

2011 The statistical bias against unitary counties, Durham County Council.

2010-2011 Living in caravans, East Lindsey District Council.

2010-2011 Tackling worklessness in Britain's weaker local economies, National Worklessness Forum and local partners.

2009-10 The British seaside tourist industry, British Resorts and Destinations Association (BRADA) and local partners.

2009-10 England's smaller seaside towns, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Communities and Local Government (CLG) and Commission for Rural Communities (CRC).

Selected reports/books

Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2017) Industrial Strategy and the Regions: The shortcomings of a narrow sectoral focus. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2016) The Impact on Scotland of the New Welfare Reforms. Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2016) The uneven impact of welfare reform. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2016) Jobs, Welfare and Austerity: How the destruction of industrial Britain casts a shadow over present-day public finances. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2015) The Impact of Welfare Reform on the Scottish Labour Market. An Exploratory Analysis. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2015) The Cumulative Impact of Welfare Reform on Households in Scotland. Edinburgh: The Scottish Parliament.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2014) The impact of welfare reform on communities and households in Sheffield. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2014) The impact of welfare reform in the Valleys. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Forthergill, S. and Gore, T. (2014) Seaside Towns in the Age of Austerity. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Duncan, K., Fothergill, S. and McLean, S. (2013) The Role of Health Interventions in Reducing Incapacity Claimant Numbers. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2013) The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland. Belfast: NICVA.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2013) Hitting the Poorest Places Hardest: The local and regional impact of welfare reform. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fothergill, S. and Gore, T. (2013) The Implications for Employment of the Shift to High-Value Manufacturing. London: Government Office for Science.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Gore, T. (2012) The real level of unemployment 2012. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2011)Incapacity benefit reform: the local, regional and national impact. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2011) Tackling Worklessness in Wales. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Powell, R. with Scott, S. (2011) The Caravan Communities of the Lincolnshire Coast. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Wilson, I. (2011) England's Smaller Seaside Towns: a benchmarking study. London: CLG.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2010) Tackling Worklessness in Britain's Weaker Local Economies. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Wilson, I. (2010) The Seaside Tourist Industry in England and Wales: employment, economic output, location and trends. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Houston, D., Powell, R. and Sissons, P. (2009) Women on Incapacity Benefits. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Platts-Fowler, D. (2009) Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Claimants: a new assessment. London: DWP.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Wilson, I. (2009) Seaside Towns in Wales: A Benchmarking Study. Visit Wales.

Crisp, R., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Platts-Fowler, D. (2009) Sheffield Worklessness Study: The characteristics, aspirations and skill needs of Incapacity Benefit claimants and Lone Parents on benefit.  Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, S., Fothergill, S. et al. (2007, 2008) Incapacity Benefit case studies (eight local reports). Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Wilson, I. (2008) England's Seaside Towns: a benchmarking study. London: CLG.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2007) The Real Level of Unemployment 2007. Sheffield: CRESR.

Gore, T., Fothergill, S. et al. (2007) Coalfields and their neighbouring cities. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Fothergill, S. (2006) Not the Green Paper: the reform of Incapacity Benefit. London: SCOPE.

Alcock, P., Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Macmillan, R. and Yeandle, S. (2003) Work to Welfare: how men become detached from the labour market. Cambridge University Press.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2003) The Seaside Economy. Sheffield: CRESR.

Academic publications

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2011) Prospects for worklessness in Britain's weaker local economies. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3, pp. 1-17.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Houston, D. and Powell, R. (2010) Bringing Incapacity Benefit numbers down: to what extent do women need a different approach? Policy Studies, 32, pp. 143-162.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Houston, D., Powell, R. and Sissons, P. (2009) A gendered theory of employment, unemployment and sickness. Environment and Planning C, 27, pp. 958-974.

Fothergill, S. and Wilson, I. (2007) A million off Incapacity Benefit: how achievable is Labour's target. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 31, pp. 1007-1024.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., and Powell, R. (2006) Twenty years on: has the economy of the UK coalfields recovered. Environment and Planning A, 39, pp. 1654-1675.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2005) The diversion from 'unemployment' to 'sickness' across British regions and districts. Regional Studies, 39, pp. 837-854.

Fothergill, S. (2005) A new regional policy for Britain. Regional Studies, 39 (5), pp. 659-667.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2004) Economic change and the labour market in Britain's seaside towns. Regional Studies, 38, pp. 461-480.

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Key clients

Blackpool Council
Department for Work and Pensions
East Lindsey District Council
East Midlands Observatory
East of England Government Office
Economic and Social Research Council
English Partnerships
Housing Corporation
Industrial Communities Alliance (Wales)
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