Steve McKay

Research Associate

Steve McKay is Distinguished Professor in Social Research at the University of Lincoln's School of Political and Social Sciences. 

Within TSRC, Steve works on issues surrounding the economic impact of the sector, and the workforce & workplaces within the sector. In recent times he has looked at the workforce employed within the sector, their characteristics and contribution. He recently conducted the cost-benefit analysis (social return on investment) for the evaluation of 'v', the organisation providing grants for youth volunteering opportunities.

Steve has also worked closely with Skills-Third Sector and NCVO to produce research on the voluntary sector workforce.

He has a wide range of research interests covering inequality, employment, social security, wealth and the balance between state, family and self-provision (such as in pensions and child support).


Steve has been active in social research for over twenty years. He worked at Birmingham during 2007-2013, and has previously worked for IFS, PSI and at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Loughborough. He has particular expertise in the secondary analysis of complex datasets, though his work has included qualitative and mixed-method designs. From April 2013 he has moved to the University of Lincoln.


  • BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics, University of Oxford.
  • PhD, University of Bristol

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