Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Andrea Wigfield

Associate Professor in Social Policy, Director of the Care-Connect: The Social Care Innovation Hub, Deputy Director (CIRCLE),

Andrea has strong networks in both academia and with external stakeholders in the public, private and voluntary sectors and has built a range of research partnerships. She has been awarded research funding of over £1.5 million and has published over 40 books, chapters, articles, and reports, and has worked on more than 50 externally funded projects. Prior to working at the University of Leeds, Andrea was Director of an independent research company, the Policy Evaluation Group (2002-11). She was responsible for developing a measurement framework for good relations for the Equality and Human Rights Commission between 2009 and 2010.

Research Interests

Andrea Wigfield is a leading researcher on social exclusion and marginalised communities and on evaluating the effectiveness of support services to promote social inclusion. She is particularly interested in Good Relations and its significance across and within the equality strands, and in different urban and rural spaces. Her research focuses on involving those being researched in the research process and on carrying out academically rigorous, evidence based research which is policy driven and leads to impact and change.


Andrea has a wide range of teaching experience, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, primarily in social research methods, gender and applied sociology/social policy. Andrea currently supervises level three undergraduate and Masters dissertation students.

PhD Supervision

Current PhD Supervision

Daisy Payne ‘Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the Labour Market: An Intersectional Approach 2013 -2016 (joint supervision with Dr Lisa Buckner), University of Leeds

Jenny Read, ‘The role of voluntary agencies in enabling carers to combine work and care for carers: a case study of the design, implementation and impact of the CReate project’, 2013 -2016 (joint supervision with Prof. Sue Yeandle), University of Leeds

Alessandro Modanesi, ‘How the caring roles of Italian women change over time: the transition of Italian women from the role of caregivers to the role of care managers’ 2013-2016, (joint supervision with Dr Shirley Tate), University of Leeds

Gillian Mooney – ‘New Media, Class Identities and Representation’, (joint supervision with Dr Kirsteen Patton).

Drew Dalton – ‘Agesism, stigma and the issues faced by HIV+ older people when searching for (and meeting) sexual partners and intimate partnerships’ (part-time), supervised by Teela Sanders and Andrea Wigfield.

Key Publications

Recent publications

WIGFIELD. A., Wright, K., Burtney, E. and  Buddery, D. (2013), Assisted Living Technology in Social Care: workforce development implications, Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol 7. No 4: 204-218.

Selected by the journal’s Editorial Team as the Outstanding Paper of 2013

WIGFIELD, A. and Turner, R. (2013), The development of the Good Relations Measurement Framework in Britain: a template for experiential social measurement’, Social Indicators Research, Vol.114, No.2:655-686.

Turner, R,  and WIGFIELD, A. (2013) ‘Blackpool: a miner’s daughter reflects on her first visit in 1930’, North West Labour History, Vol 38;16-18.

WIGFIELD, A. and Turner, R. (2012), South Asian women and the labour market in the UK: attitudes, barriers, solutions’, Journal of Community Positive Practices, Vol. 4, pp. 642-667.

Yeandle, S. and WIGFIELD, A. (eds.) (2012) Training and Supporting Carers: national evaluation of ‘Caring with Confidence’, Leeds: CIRCLE, University of Leeds, pp. 98.

Yeandle, S. and WIGFIELD, A. (eds.) (2011),  New Approaches to Supporting Carers’ Health and Well-being: evidence from the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites programme, Leeds: CIRCLE, University of Leeds, pp. 135.

WIGFIELD, A. and Turner, R. (2010) Good Relations Measurement Framework, Equality and Human Rights Commission,  http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publications/our-research/research-reports/research-reports-51/) (report No. 60).

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