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Professor Del Roy Fletcher

Job title: 
Professor of Labour Market Studies, BSc (Hons) MSoc Sc

Phone 0114 225 3487
E-mail d.r.fletcher@shu.ac.uk

Del Roy Fletcher is a professor of labour market studies at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. He has extensive experience of research exploring the difficulties faced by severely disadvantaged groups in the labour market and the evaluation of pilot programmes. In respect of the former, he is an acknowledged national expert on ethicality and ethicacy offender employment issues. He has, for example, directed a landmark study into the problems experienced by those with a criminal record in the labour market and the first ever review of offender enterprise support in England. He is currently directing SHUs input into a major ESRC funded five year study exploring the of welfare conditionality. In addition to key informant interviews and focus groups the study comprises qualitative longitudinal research in ten case study towns and cities in England and Scotland with 481 welfare recipients drawn from nine priority groups including ex-offenders.

Del has directed several national evaluations of labour market pilot programmes including the Jobseekers Mandatory Activity, Working Neighbourhoods Pilot, the New Deal Innovation Fund (rounds one, two and three) and the National Development Programme. He was part of the team responsible for evaluating the City Strategy and is currently evaluating Talent Match, an initiative designed to tackle high levels of youth unemployment, for the Big Lottery Fund. Del is also directing the West Yorkshire Finding Independence Pilot Evaluation which seeks to provide a joined-up approach to those with multiple and complex needs. He has authored 28 academic publications including 24 articles in national peer-reviewed academic journals.

Research interests

Del's research interests include

  • the role and impact of welfare conditionality
  • UK welfare reform and its impact on deprived individuals and communities
  • worklessness and labour market disadvantage
  • offenders in the post-industrial labour market
  • evaluation of labour market pilot programmes.

Current research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

2014-2020 West Yorkshire Finding Independence Evaluation, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Director.

2013-2018 Evaluation of Talent Match, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Member of research team.

2013-2018 Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change: Understanding the Role and Impact of Welfare Conditionality, ESRC. Role: Co-Investigator.

Selected research reports

Fletcher, D. (2018) Sanctions, support and behaviour change: The experiences of offenders. Accessed at: www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk

Fletcher, D. (2017) West Yorkshire Finding Independence Evaluation. Annual Report. Access at: https://wy-fi.org.uk/research

Fletcher, D. (2016) Welfare Conditionality and Offenders: Findings from Wave One Interviews. Accessed at: www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk 

Fletcher, D. (2016) Context Briefing: Offenders. Accessed at: www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk

Crisp, R., Green, A. and Fletcher, D.R. (2014) Talent Match Case Study Theme Report: Partnership Working and Development. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R (2013) Conditionality Review: Offenders. Sheffield: ESRC.

Fletcher, D.R. (2013) Talent Match Evidence Review. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. et al (2012) Qualitative study of offender employment review: final report. Research Report No 784. London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Fletcher, D.R et al (2012) Review of ETE support for female prisoners: final report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. and Batty, E. (2012) Offender Peer Interventions: What do we know? Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. and Dalgleish, K. (2012) An Evaluation of the Personal Effectiveness and Employability through the Arts project. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. (2011) Nottingham City Strategy Pathfinder, Local Evaluation. Sheffield: Nottinghamshire City and County ESB.

Fletcher, D.R. (2010) Review of Offender Financial Capability Support: Key Messages. Sheffield: Financial Inclusion Services (Yorkshire).

Fletcher, D.R. (2010) Evaluation of FISY Financial Inclusion Project: Offender Element. Sheffield: Financial Inclusion Services (Yorkshire).

Fletcher, D.R. (2010) The Role of Local Infrastructure Organisations in supporting the efforts of the Voluntary Sector to Reduce Re-offending. Sheffield: NAVCA.

Fletcher, D.R., Gore, T., Macmillan, R., Beatty, C. and Pearson, S. (2009) Qualitative Evaluation of the Jobseeker Mandatory Activity (JMA). Research Paper No. 553.London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Green, A., Adam, D. and Hasluck, C. (2009) Evaluation of City Strategy.London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Crisp, R. and Fletcher, D.R. (2008) A Comparative Review of Workfare Programmes in the United States, Canada and Australia. Sheffield: Department for Work and Pensions.

Fletcher, D.R., Gore, T., Reeve, K. and Robinson, D. (2008) Social Housing and Worklessness: Qualitative Research Findings. Research Report No 521. London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Fletcher, D.R., Gore, T., Reeve, K. and Robinson, D. (2008) Social Housing and Worklessness: Key Policy Messages. Research Report No 482. London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Fletcher, D.R. (2006) Review and Evaluation of Yorkshire Forward's Construction Training in Prisons Project at HMP Lindholme. Interim Report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. (2006) Evaluation of Working Neighbourhoods Pilot: Report on Phase 3 Pilot Case studies. Sheffield Department for Work and Pensions.

Fletcher, D.R. et al (2005) Evaluation of Working Neighbourhoods Pilot: Report on Phase 2 Pilot Case Studies. Sheffield: Department of Work and Pensions.

Fletcher, D.R. (2005) Review and Evaluation of Yorkshire Forward's Construction Training in Prisons Project at HMP Lindholme. Initial Review and Good Practice Guide. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. (2004) Reducing Re-offending: The Enterprise Option.A report to the Small Business Service URN 04/568. Sheffield: Small Business Service.

Fletcher, D.R. (2004) Evaluation of the Bradford Capacity Building Pilot. A Final Report to the Department for Work and Pensions. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. (2004) District Manager Discretionary Fund: Good Practice Guide. Sheffield: Jobcentre Plus.

Fletcher, D.R. (2003) Evaluation of the Yorkshire Prisons ETE Scheme. A report to SOVA. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. (2003) Evaluation of the New Deal Innovation Fund Round Three Projects. Second Summary Report to the Department for Work and Pensions. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. (2002) Evaluation of the New Deal Innovation Fund Round Three Projects. First Summary Report to the Department for Work and Pensions. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Fletcher, D.R. et al (2001) Recruiting and employing offenders. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Work and Opportunity Series No. 27.York: York Publishing Services.

Fletcher, D.R. (2001) Evaluation of the New Deal Innovation Fund- Rounds One and Two. Employment Service Report Ref: ESR86. Sheffield: Department of Work and Pensions.

Academic publications

Fletcher, D.R. and Flint, J. (forthcoming) Welfare conditionality and social marginality: the folly of the tutelary state? Critical Social Policy.

Fletcher, D.R. and Wright, S. (2017) A hand up or a slap down? Criminalising benefit claimants in Britain via strategies of surveillance, sanctions and deterrence. Critical Social Policy. DOI: 10.1177/0261018317726622

Fletcher, D.R., Flint, J., Batty, E. and McNeill, J. (2016) Gamers or victims of the system? Welfare reform, cynical manipulation and vulnerability. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24 (2), pp. 171-185.

Fletcher, D.R. (2015) Workfare - a blast from the past? Contemporary work conditionality for the unemployed in historical perspective. Social Policy and Society, 14 (3), pp. 329-339.

Fletcher, D.R. (2013) The governance of social marginality in the UK: Towards the centaur state? British Journal of Community Justice, 11 (1), pp. 19-34.

Fletcher, D.R. (2011) Welfare reform, Jobcentre Plus and the street-level bureaucracy: towards inconsistent and discriminatory welfare for severely disadvantaged groups? Social Policy and Society, 10 (4), pp. 111-114.

Fletcher, D.R (2011) The development of working prisons: transforming inmates from the Lumpenproletariat to the contingent workforce? British Journal of Community Justice, 9 (1/2), pp. 111-125.

Fletcher, D.R. (2010) The Workless Class? Economic transformation, informal work and male working class identity. Social Policy and Society, 9, (3), pp. 325-336.

Fletcher, D.R. (2010) How do we make prisons places of work and learning? A CRESR think piece. People, Place and Policy, 4 (1), pp. 1-13.

Fletcher, D.R. (2009) Social Tenants, Attachment to Place and Work in the Post-industrial Labour Market: Underlining the Limits of Housing-based Explanations of Labour Immobility? Housing Studies, 24 (6), pp. 775-791.

Fletcher, D.R. (2009) Offenders, the changing nature of work and prison-based vocational training. Skills in England 2008.

Fletcher, D.R. (2008) Employment and disconnection: cultures of worklessness in neighbourhoods, In: Flint, J. and Robinson, D. (Eds) Community cohesion in crisis? New Dimensions of diversity and difference. Bristol, Policy Press.

Fletcher, D.R. (2008) Tackling concentrations of worklessness: highlighting the limits of work-focused organisational cultures in the UK. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26, pp. 563-587.

Fletcher, D.R. (2008) Offenders in the post-industrial labour market: from the underclass to the undercaste? Policy and Politics, 36 (2), pp. 283-297.

Fletcher, D.R (2007) Offenders in the post-industrial labour market: lubricating the revolving door? People, Place and Policy, 1 (2).

Fletcher, D.R. (2007) A culture of worklessness? Historical insights from the Manor and Park area of Sheffield. Policy and Politics, 36 (2), pp. 65-85.

Fletcher, D.R. (2005) Providing enterprise support for offenders: realising new opportunities or reinforcing old inequalities? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 23 (5), pp. 715-731.

Fletcher, D.R. (2004) Demand-led programmes: challenging labour market inequalities or reinforcing them? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 22 (1), pp. 115-128.

Fletcher, D.R. (2004) Employers, recruitment and offenders: the emergence of a new challenge for policy makers? British Journal of Community Justice, 2 (1), pp. 13-24.

Fletcher, D.R. (2003) Employers, recruitment and offenders: underlining the limits of work-focused welfare? Policy and Politics, 31 (4), pp. 497-510.

Fletcher, D.R. (2002) The Police Act and the recruitment of offenders: towards the limits of social exclusion? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 20 (5), pp. 757-773.

Fletcher, D.R. (2001) Ex-offenders, the labour market and the new public administration. Public Administration, 79 (4), pp. 871-891.

Fletcher, D.R et al (2001) Recruiting and employing offenders. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Work and Opportunity Series No 27.

PhD Supervision

Del  is currently director of studies for two PhDs. The topics currently supervised are

  • The experiences of vulnerable women at the intersection of tje welfare and criminal justice system (student: Larissa Povery)
  • The use of emotional labour by the claimant unemployed to eschew undesirable activation and retain benefits (student: Jamie Redman)

He would welcome discussion in supervising students around following the areas

  • Welfare Reform
  • welfare conditionality and offenders

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Key clients

Department for Work and Pensions
Energy Saving Trust
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Small Business Service
SOVA
Yorkshire Forward
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