Institute for Social Renewal

Staff Profile

Dr Mel Steer

Research Fellow


My research interests concern social justice, reducing poverty, disadvantage and inequality to improve life chances and outcomes across the life course. I am interested in realist approaches and case based research, intersectionality, class and social inequality, austerity, low pay, welfare reform and pathways to health and social inequality, including influences within and between geographies and communities, across generations and key life transitions that may affect health and wellbeing outcomes. My research concerns reflect my focus on cross-cutting social policy issues across sociology, criminology and place and I have experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research. My interests are characterised by an emphasis on policy-relevant research to improve social outcomes. 

Before undertaking my PhD, I worked as Senior Research Officer for the Home Office (Crime and Community Safety), in research and policy roles for local government and the third sector, as well as in housing management roles for local authorities and housing associations. I completed a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training, and as well as teaching in a higher education setting, gained experience teaching functional English skills to adults in the community and at a prison in the north east. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.