Dr James Kaufman

  • Tutor (Urban Studies)

email: James.Kaufman@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 104, 25 Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RS


James Kaufman is a Tutor in Social and Public Policy based in Urban Studies. James has a BA (hons) in Philosophy from Newcastle University, and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the LSE. He gained his PhD in Social Policy from the University of Glasgow in 2018 with an ethnographic study of labour market activation and welfare conditionality, funded by the ESRC Welfare Conditionality project. In 2018-2019 he was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. 

Research interests

James's research interests include street-level bureaucracy, the ethnography of the state, and the state in everyday life. He has a policy interest in social security, unemployment, and precarious employment. He is also interested in the consequences of different governance and managerial regimes for the practice and experience of 'street-level' public service work. 


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  • Conditionality, activation, and welfare-to-work: Street-level perspectives on policy and practice. ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2018-2019.



  • Foundations of the Welfare State
  • Perspectives on Public Policy
  • Policy, Politics, & Power
  • Understanding Public Policy
  • Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences