Dr Sarah Weakley

  • Research and Knowledge Exchange Lead (Social Sciences College Research Administration)

Biography

Dr Weakley joined the University of Glasgow in October 2018 as a Research and Impact Officer at Policy Scotland a research and knowledge exchange unit in the College of Social Sciences. 

Sarah's current research focuses on poverty, inequality, the social security system and youth transitions. She also contributes to collaborative research projects on the voluntary sector and place-based approaches to community development. Her work primarily uses quantitative methods but also collaborates with mixed method teams. She works as a quantiative specialist in the Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland research and evaluation team.

Sarah also serves as a knowledge exchange lead for Policy Scotland, working with Policy Scotland colleagues to deliver KE projects such as the COVID-19 Urgently Needed Insights project, the More Different Futures Housing Network, and The UofG Third Sector Knowledge Exchange Collaborative. In all KE activities the unit aims to foster co-operation between academics, practitioners and policymakers, and pool this collective expertise in order to flesh out new initiatives, test the effectiveness of interventions, generate better evidence and engage a wide variety of audiences.

In November 2020 she was appointed as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee for the duration of their inquiry into welfare policy in Scotland, a post undertaken alongside Dr Hayley Bennett at the University of Edinburgh. 

Biography

Sarah completed her PhD in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh in July 2019. Her PhD is entitled, 'Young people’s transitions to economic independence and the role of government assistance: evidence from the US and the UK’.

This research investigated, using longitudinal survey data, the implications of poverty-reduction policies, implemented via government transfers, on a low-income young person's ability to become economically independent in early- to mid-adulthood in the US and UK. 

During her PhD she served as a Research Associate for What Works Scotland, leading a survey of community planning officials and also served as a quantitative research assistant for a Leverhulme-funded project investigating public understanding of health inequalities. 

She has a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Rhetoric from Washington State University. Before moving to Scotland she held posts in the US federal government and third sector organisations. 

 

Research interests

  • Welfare reform and social security policy 
  • Youth transtions and labour market policy for young people
  • Place-based policies for community development
  • Third/Voluntary Sector and addressing inequalities
  • Engagement between the academic, public and third sectors 

Publications

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Number of items: 27.

2021

Bynner, C. , McBride, M. and Weakley, S. (2021) COVID-19 pandemic: the essential role of the voluntary sector in emergency response and resilience planning. Voluntary Sector Review, (doi: 10.1332/204080521X16220328777643) (Early Online Publication)

Weakley, S. and Waite, D. (2021) Academic Knowledge Brokering in Local Policy Spaces: Negotiating and Implementing Dynamic Idea Types. Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference 2021, 28 Jun - 02 Jul 2021.

Cullingworth, J., Karlsson-Brown, P. and Weakley, S. (2021) The Collaborative: our work in Phase 1 and building on our successes. [Website]

Weakley, S. (2021) Getting Research Heard and Used: Understanding and Achieving Policy Influence. Scotland's Third Sector Research Forum Conference: Researching Well - Good Practice and Ethics in Third Sector Research, 17 Feb 2021.

Weakley, S. (2021) The COVID-19 Crisis and Universal Credit in Glasgow: January 2021. Working Paper. Policy Scotland.

2020

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The impact of COVID-19 on families, children and young people in South Lanarkshire. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Ward, S. , McBride, M., Bynner, C. , Weakley, S. and McLean, J. (2020) Developing a capabilities wellbeing framework with children, young people and stakeholders: Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Chapman, C. , Ehren, M., Montecinos, C. and Weakley, S. (2020) COVID-19: Do we Need to Redefine the Priorities for School Inspections? Documentation. University of Glasgow.

Karlsson, P. S. and Weakley, S. (2020) Universities as Knowledge Brokers for the Local Third Sector. International Social Innovation Research Conference, 1-3 Sept 2020.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The Impact of COVID-19 on Families, Children and Young People in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Weakley, S. (2020) The COVID-19 Crisis and Universal Credit in Glasgow: September 2020. Working Paper. Policy Scotland.

Weakley, S. (2020) Youth unemployment and job insecurity in Europe: problems, risk factors and policies Edited by Bjørn Hvinden, Christer Hyggen, Mi Ah Schoyen and Tomáš Sirovátka Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019. ISBN: 978788118880; £95 (Hbk). Social Policy and Administration, 54(5), pp. 860-861. (doi: 10.1111/spol.12635)[Book Review]

Weakley, S. (2020) The family welfare source and inequality in liberal welfare states: evidence from cohort studies. In: Rees, J., Pomati, M. and Heins, E. (eds.) Social Policy Review 32: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2020. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781447341666

Karlsson, P. S. and Weakley, S. (2020) Reflection on the Idea Formation and Execution Stages of a University-Third Sector Knowledge Exchange Project. ANSER-ARES Virtual Conference, 3-5 June 2020.

Weakley, S. and Waite, D. (2020) The COVID-19 Crisis and Universal Credit in Glasgow. Working Paper. Policy Scotland.

2019

Weakley, S. (2019) The Family Home as a Safety Net: Impacts on Economic Outcomes Beyond the Youth Period. Journal of Youth Studies Conference, Newcastle, Australia, 02-04 Dec 2019.

Chapman, C. , Drever, A., McBride, M., Orr, C. and Weakley, S. (2019) Leading place-based interventions to improve outcomes in low socio-economic settings. In: Townsend, T. (ed.) Instructional Leadership and Leadership for Learning in Schools: Understanding Theories of Leading. Series: Palgrave studies on leadership and learning in teacher education. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 379-400. ISBN 9783030237356 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-23736-3_15)

Weakley, S. (2019) The Family Welfare Source and Inequality in Liberal Welfare States: Evidence From Cohort Studies. Social Policy Association Conference 2019, Durham, UK, 09-10 Jul 2019.

2018

Weakley, S. and Escobar, O. (2018) Community Planning after the Community Empowerment Act: The Second Survey of Community Planning Officials in Scotland. Project Report. What Works Scotland.

Escobar, O., Gibb, K. , Eltanani, M. K. and Weakley, S. (2018) Community Planning Officials Survey: Understanding the Everyday Work of Local Participatory Governance in Scotland. Project Report. What Works Scotland.

2012

Weakley, S. (2012) The relevance of regionalism in Washington, DC. Policy Perspectives, 19, pp. 59-73. (doi: 10.4079/pp.v19i0.10426)

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Number of items: 27.

Articles

Bynner, C. , McBride, M. and Weakley, S. (2021) COVID-19 pandemic: the essential role of the voluntary sector in emergency response and resilience planning. Voluntary Sector Review, (doi: 10.1332/204080521X16220328777643) (Early Online Publication)

Weakley, S. (2012) The relevance of regionalism in Washington, DC. Policy Perspectives, 19, pp. 59-73. (doi: 10.4079/pp.v19i0.10426)

Book Sections

Weakley, S. (2020) The family welfare source and inequality in liberal welfare states: evidence from cohort studies. In: Rees, J., Pomati, M. and Heins, E. (eds.) Social Policy Review 32: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2020. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781447341666

Chapman, C. , Drever, A., McBride, M., Orr, C. and Weakley, S. (2019) Leading place-based interventions to improve outcomes in low socio-economic settings. In: Townsend, T. (ed.) Instructional Leadership and Leadership for Learning in Schools: Understanding Theories of Leading. Series: Palgrave studies on leadership and learning in teacher education. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 379-400. ISBN 9783030237356 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-23736-3_15)

Book Reviews

Weakley, S. (2020) Youth unemployment and job insecurity in Europe: problems, risk factors and policies Edited by Bjørn Hvinden, Christer Hyggen, Mi Ah Schoyen and Tomáš Sirovátka Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019. ISBN: 978788118880; £95 (Hbk). Social Policy and Administration, 54(5), pp. 860-861. (doi: 10.1111/spol.12635)[Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Weakley, S. (2021) The COVID-19 Crisis and Universal Credit in Glasgow: January 2021. Working Paper. Policy Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The impact of COVID-19 on families, children and young people in South Lanarkshire. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Ward, S. , McBride, M., Bynner, C. , Weakley, S. and McLean, J. (2020) Developing a capabilities wellbeing framework with children, young people and stakeholders: Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Chapman, C. , Ehren, M., Montecinos, C. and Weakley, S. (2020) COVID-19: Do we Need to Redefine the Priorities for School Inspections? Documentation. University of Glasgow.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The Impact of COVID-19 on Families, Children and Young People in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Weakley, S. (2020) The COVID-19 Crisis and Universal Credit in Glasgow: September 2020. Working Paper. Policy Scotland.

Weakley, S. and Waite, D. (2020) The COVID-19 Crisis and Universal Credit in Glasgow. Working Paper. Policy Scotland.

Weakley, S. and Escobar, O. (2018) Community Planning after the Community Empowerment Act: The Second Survey of Community Planning Officials in Scotland. Project Report. What Works Scotland.

Escobar, O., Gibb, K. , Eltanani, M. K. and Weakley, S. (2018) Community Planning Officials Survey: Understanding the Everyday Work of Local Participatory Governance in Scotland. Project Report. What Works Scotland.

Conference or Workshop Item

Weakley, S. and Waite, D. (2021) Academic Knowledge Brokering in Local Policy Spaces: Negotiating and Implementing Dynamic Idea Types. Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference 2021, 28 Jun - 02 Jul 2021.

Weakley, S. (2021) Getting Research Heard and Used: Understanding and Achieving Policy Influence. Scotland's Third Sector Research Forum Conference: Researching Well - Good Practice and Ethics in Third Sector Research, 17 Feb 2021.

Karlsson, P. S. and Weakley, S. (2020) Universities as Knowledge Brokers for the Local Third Sector. International Social Innovation Research Conference, 1-3 Sept 2020.

Karlsson, P. S. and Weakley, S. (2020) Reflection on the Idea Formation and Execution Stages of a University-Third Sector Knowledge Exchange Project. ANSER-ARES Virtual Conference, 3-5 June 2020.

Weakley, S. (2019) The Family Home as a Safety Net: Impacts on Economic Outcomes Beyond the Youth Period. Journal of Youth Studies Conference, Newcastle, Australia, 02-04 Dec 2019.

Weakley, S. (2019) The Family Welfare Source and Inequality in Liberal Welfare States: Evidence From Cohort Studies. Social Policy Association Conference 2019, Durham, UK, 09-10 Jul 2019.

Website

Cullingworth, J., Karlsson-Brown, P. and Weakley, S. (2021) The Collaborative: our work in Phase 1 and building on our successes. [Website]

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Teaching

  • Youth Policy and Welfare (Undergraduate Honours)