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Staff Biography

[Photo: Kerris Cooper] Dr Kerris COOPER
Research Fellow

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Kerris is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her research has focused on poverty and inequality in the UK, including the relationship between poverty and child and adult outcomes across a range of domains. Her thesis explored the relationship between poverty, maternal mental health and parenting. Kerris’ more recent work has evaluated to what extent social policies have managed to reduce inequalities including in the areas of social security, employment and physical safety.

Research Interests:
  • The relationship between poverty and child development
  • The relationship between poverty and adult well-being
  • The relationship between economic hardship, maternal mental health and parenting
  • Social security policies and welfare reform
  • The role of social policies in exacerbating or alleviating inequalities
  • Unequal risks of violence, including by gender, age and ethnicity
Current Research Projects: Selected Publications: STICERD/CASE Publications:
  • The National Living Wage and falling earnings inequality
    Kerris Cooper, Abigail McKnight, March 2020
    Paper No' CB 38: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Physical safety and Security: Policies, spending and outcomes 2015-2020
    Kerris Cooper, Nicola Lacey, August 2019
    Paper No' SPDORP05: Read Abstract | Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • What does Brexit mean for social policy in the UK? An exploration of the potential consequences of the 2016 referendum for public services, inequalities and social rights
    Kerris Cooper, Isabel Shutes, Kitty Stewart, February 2019
    Paper No' SPDORP03: Read Abstract | Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • City-region devolution in England
    Kerris Cooper, Ceri Hughes, Ruth Lupton, Sian Peake-Jones, November 2018
    Paper No' SPDORP02: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • CASE Annual Report 2017
    Kerris Cooper, Abigail McKnight, May 2018
    Paper No' CASEreport 117: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Does Money Affect Children's Outcomes? An update
    Kerris Cooper, Kitty Stewart, July 2017
    Paper No' CASE/203: Full paper (pdf)

  • CASE Annual Report 2016
    Kerris Cooper, Kitty Stewart, March 2017
    Paper No' CASEreport 112: Full paper (pdf)

  • Does money in adulthood affect adult outcomes?
    Kerris Cooper, Kitty Stewart, December 2015
    Paper No' CASEreport 096: Read Abstract | Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Does money affect children's outcomes?
    Kerris Cooper, Kitty Stewart, October 2013
    Paper No' CASEreport 080: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)