Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. Her research interests focus on poverty and inequality, charitable food provision, and austerity, with a particular focus on stigma.


  • PhD Human Geography, Durham University (2012)
  • MA Social Research Methods (Social Policy), Durham University (2009)
  • BA Sociology, Durham University (2007)


Kayleigh currently convenes the following modules:

  • Introduction to Social Policy (UG year 1)
  • Poverty, Wealth and Inequality (MA)

Postgraduate supervision

Kayleigh supervises several students including:

  • Chloe Alexander, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • Kate Haddow, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, Teesside University

Other activities

  • Member of Social Policy Association
  • Trustee of Independent Food Aid Network
  • Member of Oxfam UK Poverty Policy Advisory Group
  • Member of Trussell Trust ‘State of Hunger’ Advisory Board


Recent publications


Garthwaite, K 2016, Hunger Pains: Life inside foodbank Britain. Bristol, Policy Press.


Garthwaite, K & Bambra, C 2018, '‘It's like being in Tattooville’: An ethnographic study of territorial stigma and health in a post-industrial town in the North East of England', Health & Place, vol. 54, pp. 229-235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.10.005

Geiger, BB, Garthwaite, K, Warren, J & Bambra, C 2017, 'Assessing work disability for social security benefits: international models for the direct assessment of work capacity', Disability and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1366556

Garthwaite, K & Bambra, C 2017, '“How the other half live”: Lay perspectives on health inequalities in an age of austerity', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 187, pp. 268-275. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.021

Garthwaite, K 2017, '‘I feel I'm Giving Something Back to Society’: Constructing the ‘Active Citizen’ and Responsibilising Foodbank Use', Social Policy and Society, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 283-292. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000543

Garthwaite, K 2016, 'Stigma, shame and 'people like us': an ethnographic study of foodbank use in the UK', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 277-289. https://doi.org/10.1332/175982716X14721954314922

Garthwaite, K, Smith, K, Bambra, C & Pearce, J 2015, 'Desperately seeking reductions in health inequalities: perspectives of UK researchers on past, present and future directions in health inequalities research', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 459-478.

Garthwaite, K, Bambra, C & Collins, P 2015, 'Food for thought: An ethnographic study of negotiating ill health and food insecurity in a UK foodbank', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 132, pp. 38-44.

Garthwaite, K 2015, '‘Keeping meself to meself’: How Social Networks Can Influence Narratives of Stigma and Identity for Long-term Sickness Benefits Recipients', Social Policy and Administration, pp. 199–212.

Garthwaite, K 2015, 'Becoming incapacitated? Long-term sickness benefit recipients and the construction of stigma and identity narratives', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12168

Garthwaite, K 2014, 'Fear of the Brown Envelope: Exploring Welfare Reform with Long-Term Sickness Benefits Recipients', Social Policy and Administration, pp. 782–798.

Garthwaite, K, Warren, J & Bambra, C 2014, 'After Atos Healthcare: is the Employment and Support Allowance fit for purpose and does the Work Capability Assessment have a future?', Disability & Society, pp. 1319-1323 .

Garthwaite, K, Bambra, C, Warren, J, Kasim, A & Greig, G 2014, 'Shifting the goalposts: a longitudinal mixed-methods study of the health of long-term Incapacity Benefit recipients during a period of substantial change to the UK social security system.', Journal of Social Policy, pp. 311-330.

Review article

Cairns, J, Warren, J, Garthwaite, K, Greig, G & Bambra, C 2015, 'Go slow: an umbrella review of the effects of 20 mph zones and limits on health and health inequalities', Journal of Public Health, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 515-520. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdu067

Warren, J, Garthwaite, K & Bambra, C 2015, 'Help for heroes? Evaluating a case management programme for ex-service personnel in the United Kingdom', Perspectives in Public Health, vol. 135, no. 1, pp. 37-42. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913914555747

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