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Dr. Steve Cunningham

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA318

+44 (0) 1772 89 3476

SCunningham2@uclan.ac.uk

Steve is the subject leader for the Social Policy Combined Honours Programme. He teaches on a range of courses, from Year 0 to Masters level and is involved in the supervision of a number of PhD candidates. His specific areas of interest are welfare history, poverty and social security, the sociology of welfare, asylum and immigration policy, child labour and children’s rights.

Full Profile

Qualifications

Ph.D. Child Labour in Britain 1900-1973, University of Central Lancashire, 2000.

BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 1993

Publications

Books

Cunningham, J. & Cunningham S. (2008) Sociology and Social Work,East Exeter, Learning Matters

More publications

Research

Steve's main areas of current research interest are:

(a) Child labour in Britain

(b) Child labour in a global context

(c) Sociology of welfare

(d) Children’s rights and child activism

(e) Children’s rights and asylum policy

Until relatively recently, Steve's research had focused on the development of child labour policy in Britain. In May 2000 he was awarded his PhD, Child Labour in Britain 1900 – 1973, in this area. The PhD documented the concerns that have influenced thinking on this subject, and drew attention to the different actors and agencies involved in shaping the policy process. In particular, the research highlighted the development of a ‘public order’ conception of child labour within the Home Office, and the recalcitrant role Home Office civil servants played in frustrating progressive child labour reform

More recently, Steve's research has focused on the emerging ‘children’s rights’ debate. In the UK context, it has analysed the causes of the periodic outbreaks of child ‘activism’ and the impact of asylum policy on the welfare of refugee children. He has also recently completed a jointly authored textbook, entitled Sociology and Social Work and is in the process of completing another jointly authored book, Social Policy and Social Work.

Steve also supervises a number of PhD candidates. Recent and current areas of supervision include the poor law, child trafficking and the funding/employment of undergraduate students.

Teaching

Steve teaches on a range of courses, from Year 0 to Masters level and is involved in the supervision of a number of PhD candidates. His specific areas of interest are welfare history, poverty and social security, the sociology of welfare, asylum and immigration policy, child labour and children’s rights.