Mr Iain Hardie

  • Research Assistant (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)


Iain joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in March 2021. He is a Research Assistant currently working on the ESRC-funded SPARC (Social Practices in Alcohol Research Collaboration) project, a quantitative social science/epidemiological project on stability and change in British drinking culture. This involves analysis of complex repeat cross-sectional market research drinking diary data, and exploring the effects of external events such as policy and the COVID-19 pandemic on drinking habits. 

Prior to joining the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Iain studied Economics at the University of Aberdeen (2012-2016) before doing an MSc in Social Research Methods at the University of Dundee (2016-17). Iain moved to Glasgow in 2017 to undertake an ESRC-funded PhD based in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, which he completed in July 2021. His PhD research examined the impact of the Universal Credit welfare reform on housing insecurity in the UK via fixed effects panel designs and difference-in-differences analysis, drawing upon panel data from a range of administrative and survey datasets. 


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Research interests

  • Quantitative Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Welfare Reform: Universal Credit, Conditionality and Benefit Sanctions
  • Alcohol Policy
  • Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Drinking Practices


Selected publications

Hardie, I. (2021) The impact of Universal Credit rollout on housing security: an analysis of landlord repossession rates in English local authorities. Journal of Social Policy, 50(2), pp. 225-246. (doi: 10.1017/S0047279420000021)

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