Dr Adam Whitworth


Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

Professor Adam Whitworth is an expert in the design and analysis of employment support interventions to support people to move into, stay in and progress in employment. He has particular expertise in issues around work-health, IPS, quasi-market forms and effects, local integration, and policy analysis. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and policy reports.

An applied scholar by nature, his work combines theoretical and empirical analysis and relates to key priorities and challenges amongst policy stakeholders and programmes. He has supported the design and mobilisation of large scale employment interventions in central and regional government in the UK context, including the world's largest IPS trial. 

He serves on the Editorial Board of Social Policy & Administration and is a member of the Social Policy Association. Prior to joining Strathclyde in 2021 he worked at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. He holds an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (First Class), MSc and DPhil in Comparative Social Policy all from the University of Oxford.


DPhil (2007) University of Oxford: 'Work, care and social inclusion: lone motherhood under New Labour'

MSc Comparative Social Policy (2003) University of Oxford

MA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (First Class) (2001) St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford


Homopositivity across Europe : predictors, pathways, and moderators
Whitworth Adam, Moretti Angelo
Archives of Sexual Behavior, pp. 1-11 (2023)
Spatial creaming and parking? The case of the UK Work Programme
Whitworth A
Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy Vol 14, pp. 135-152 (2021)
Estimating the uncertainty of a small area estimator based on a microsimulation approach
Moretti Angelo, Whitworth Adam
Sociological Methods and Research (2021)
Policy geographies revisited
Whitworth Adam
People, Place and Policy Vol 14, pp. 249-261 (2020)
Programme form and service user well-being : linking theory and evidence
Whitworth Adam, Carter Eleanor
Social Policy and Administration Vol 54, pp. 844-858 (2020)
Development and evaluation of an optimal composite estimator in spatial microsimulation small area estimation
Moretti Angelo, Whitworth Adam
Geographical Analysis Vol 52, pp. 351-370 (2020)

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Research interests

Research Interests:

  • employment support policy
  • labour market activation
  • quasi-market forms and effects
  • policy design and governance
  • Individual Placement and Support (IPS)
  • work and health
  • labour market precarity
  • socio-spatial inequality
  • comparative social policy
  • policy evaluation
  • small area estimation


Evaluation of WDP's Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Into Work Service
Whitworth, Adam (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Investigation of the Mental Health and Employment Partnership (MHEP) social impact bonds within the Life Chances Fund.
Whitworth, Adam (Principal Investigator)
21-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023

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Work, Employment and Organisation
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