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The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report (2016)
Report
Graham, H., Egdell, V., McQuaid, R., & Raeside, R. (2016). The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report. Edinburgh: Scottish Government

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ongoing welfare changes on a range of working age households in Scotland. The study consisted of four interview sweeps over a three year period (2013-16). Interviews in Sweep 4 sought to establi... Read More about The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report.

Strategic human resource development: towards a conceptual framework to understand its contribution to dynamic capabilities (2016)
Journal Article
Garavan, T., Shanahan, V., Carbery, R., & Watson, S. (2016). Strategic human resource development: towards a conceptual framework to understand its contribution to dynamic capabilities. Human Resource Development International, 19(4), 289-306. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2016.1169765

Dynamic capabilities have assumed major importance in the strategy and human resource management literatures. However, discussion of their contribution to strategic human resource development (SHRD) is nascent. We introduce the concept of ‘dynamic... Read More about Strategic human resource development: towards a conceptual framework to understand its contribution to dynamic capabilities.

Third sector experiences of work programme delivery (2016)
Journal Article
Egdell, V., Dutton, M., & McQuaid, R. W. (2016). Third sector experiences of work programme delivery. Journal of Social Policy, 45(4), 729-746. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279416000271

This paper explores the organisational experiences of governmental policy change and implementation on the third sector. Using a four-year longitudinal study of 13 third sector organisations (TSOs) it provides evidence based on the experiences of, an... Read More about Third sector experiences of work programme delivery.

Local worlds of coordinated activation policy. (2016)
Book Chapter
Zimmermann, K., Fuertes, V., & Aurich-Beerheide, P. (2016). Local worlds of coordinated activation policy. In M. Heidenreich, & D. Rice (Eds.), Integrating social and employment policies in europe: active inclusion and challenges for local welfare governa

In Chapter 11 on local worlds of coordinated activation in Europe, Katharina Zimmermann, Vanesa Fuertes and Patrizia Aurich-Beerheide shed light on the role of the local level as a generic actor in the organization of activation. The authors apply a... Read More about Local worlds of coordinated activation policy..

Personalized activation policies for the long-term unemployed: the role of local governance in the UK. (2016)
Book Chapter
Fuertes, V., & McQuaid, R. (2016). Personalized activation policies for the long-term unemployed: the role of local governance in the UK. In M. Heidenreich, & D. Rice (Eds.), Integrating social and employment policies in europe: active inclusion and chall

In Chapter 5 on the UK, Vanesa Fuertes and Ronald McQuaid study how coordinated activation policies, which have been a core part of the UK welfare state since at least the 1990s, are implemented locally. Although service coordination is officially ac... Read More about Personalized activation policies for the long-term unemployed: the role of local governance in the UK..

Employer demands from business graduates (2016)
Journal Article
McMurray, S., Dutton, M., McQuaid, R. W., & Richard, A. (2016). Employer demands from business graduates. Education and Training, 58(1), 112-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/et-02-2014-0017

This paper reports on research carried out with employers to determine demand for graduate business and management skills in the Scottish workforce. The research found that the factors which were most important to employers when recruiting graduates... Read More about Employer demands from business graduates.

Personalization and street-level practice in activation: the case of the UK's work programme. (2015)
Journal Article
Fuertes, V., & Lindsay, C. (2016). Personalization and street-level practice in activation: the case of the UK's work programme. Public Administration, 94(2), 526-541. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12234

This article discusses factors shaping street-level caseworkers' role in the ‘personalization’ of activation for people with employability and health-related barriers to work. Rice's (2013) micro-institutionalist framework understands street-level bu... Read More about Personalization and street-level practice in activation: the case of the UK's work programme..

Understanding the policy assumptions made in youth employment activation from a capability approach. (2015)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Egdell, V., Raeside, R., & Graham, H. (2015, July). Understanding the policy assumptions made in youth employment activation from a capability approach. Paper presented at Inequality in the 21st Century

Youth unemployment is a major government concern for countries across Europe. In the UK, in the final quarter of 2013, the unemployment rate for those aged 16-24 years stood at 20%; whereas the unemployment rate for those aged 25-64 years was only 5%... Read More about Understanding the policy assumptions made in youth employment activation from a capability approach..

Act now or miss your gender targets. (2015)
Newspaper / Magazine
Dutton, M. (2015). Act now or miss your gender targets. [The Scotsman]

VOLUNTARY approach is not enough if Nicola Sturgeon’s ambition of boardroom 50:50 by 2020 is to be realised, says Dr Matthew Dutton.

Introduction to the Case Studies (2015)
Book Chapter
Bifulco, L., Egdell, V., & McQuaid, R. (2015). Introduction to the Case Studies. In Facing trajectories from school to work – Towards a capability-friendly Youth Policy in Europe, 201-207. Springer Verlag

Operationalisation of the Capability Approach (2015)
Book Chapter
Chiappero-Martinetti, E., Egdell, V., Hollywood, E., & McQuaid, R. (2015). Operationalisation of the Capability Approach. In Facing trajectories from school to work – Towards a capability-friendly Youth Policy in Europe, 115-139. BMC. https://doi.org/1

The holistic and multilayered structure offered by the Capability Approach makes this theoretical framework particularly suitable for conceptualising and contextualising complex socioeconomic phenomena. However, several challenging issues on how to o... Read More about Operationalisation of the Capability Approach.