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. http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2015/07/08/speri-paper-british-corporate-welfare-state/
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