Stuart's research interests include developing and exploring the use of critical social semiotic approaches in the analysis of contemporary social policy and practice. This work includes examining the role of Governments, trade unions, NGOs, social movements and community practitioners in the fabrication of 'social problems' and attempts to legitimate and challenge particular policy responses.
Simpson, G and Connor, S (2011), Social Policy for Welfare Professionals. Tools for understanding, analysis and engagement. Bristol: Policy Press.
Connor, S (2012) Using frames and making claims: the use of multimodel assessments and the student as producer agenda. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences (ELiSS). 4(3).
Connor, S (2011), Structure and Agency: a debate for community development? Community Development Journal. (suppl 2): ii1-ii15 doi:10.1093/cdj/bsr006.
Rowlingson, K and Connor, S (2010) The 'Deserving Rich? Inequality, Morality and Social Policy. Journal of Social Policy. 40(4): doi:10.1017/S0047279410000668.
Connor, S (2010) Promoting 'Employability': The changing subject of welfare reform in the UK. Critical Discourse Studies, 7(1): 41-53.
Connor, S (2010) The Myth of Community? Concept: The Journal of Community Education and Practice Theory, Vol. 1 No. 3 Winter.
Chapters in books
Connor, S and Huggins, R (2010) The Technology and the Artefacts of Social Control - Monitoring Criminal and Anti-Social Behaviour Through and in Media Cultures. In, Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 15, Social Control: Informal, Legal and Medical, edited by James Chriss. Cambridge, MA, Emerald.
Rowlingson, K, Connor, S and Orton, M (2010), Evidence to the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector. London: Hutton Fair Pay Review.