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Kevin Farnsworth

Reader in International Social Policy, University of York

I joined the University of York in September 2014. Prior to that I was senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield and I’ve held visiting Professorships at the University of Toronto and Carleton University, Canada. I have published widely on business and public policy, corporate power, corporate welfare and economic crisis and welfare states.

My research interests centre on three key areas:

1) The relative power and influence of business and labour on governments, especially with regard to social and public policy;
2) The economic crisis and welfare states;
3) corporate welfare (state assistance to corporations) and its relationship with social welfare within various welfare systems.

My current work includes a book on British Corporate Welfare and two further books on the impact of austerity politics on welfare states (with Zoe Irving):

Farnsworth, K. Corporate Welfare Versus Social Welfare London: Palgrave. 240 pages. 2012

Farnsworth K. and Irving, Z. (eds) (2015) Social Policy in Times of Austerity: Global Economic Crisis and the New Politics of Welfare, Bristol, The Policy Press, pp.185, 2015

Farnsworth, K. (2015) The British Corporate Welfare State Sheffield: SPERI.

Farnsworth, K. and Fooks, G. (2015) “Corporate Taxation, Corporate Power, and Corporate Harm” Howard Journal of Law, Special issue on corporate harm. 54, 1. 25-41 2015


  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer, Social Policy, University of York
  • 2010–2014
    Senior Lecturer, Social Policy, University of Sheffield


  • 2000 
    University of Bath, PhD