Daniel is a social policy researcher with interests in UK and European welfare state research. He is chiefly interested in public attitudes to the welfare state, subjective wellbeing and social policy, the sociology of work and unemployment and basic income. His ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Stirling was a study of how active labour market programmes (ALMPs) interact with the health and wellbeing of unemployed people. His research mostly utilises quantitative social surveys.
In addition to his position at Edge Hill, Daniel is a Research Associate with the social democratic think-tank Policy Network. In 2015 he was the co-author of the report The Social Reality of Europe After the Crisis and in 2017 he co-wrote The Case Against Universal Basic Income.
Prior to joining Edge Hill, Daniel was a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of the West of Scotland. He completed his MSc in Applied Social Research (Stirling) in 2011. Before this he completed an MSc in Social Policy (London School of Economics) and BA in History (University College London).
PhD, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Stirling, 2016
MSc, Applied Social Research, University of Stirling, 2011
MSc, Social Policy, London School of Economics, 2009
BA, History, University College London, 2008
SPY1105 Understanding Social Concepts (Module Leader)
SPY1104 Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare (Module Leader)
SPY2127 Work-Based Learning and Employability (Module Leader)
SPY2139 Self-Directed Learning (Module Leader)
Public attitudes to the welfare state
Subjective wellbeing and social policy
Unemployment, health and wellbeing
Active labour market programmes
The politics of welfare reform
Sage, D. (2018), The Quiet Revolution? The Labour Party and Welfare Conditionality, The Political Quarterly, Early View.
Sage, D. (2018), Unemployment, Wellbeing and the Power of the Work Ethic: Implications for Social Policy, Critical Social Policy. OnlineFirst.
Sage, D. (2017), Reversing the Negative Experience of Unemployment: A Mediating Role for Social Policies?, Social Policy and Administration. (Early View).
Murphy, T., and Sage, D. (2015). Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: A Small Survey of Academics. Australian Universities Review, 57(2): 31-36.
Sage, D. (2015). Do Active Labour Market Policies Promote the Subjective Well-Being, Health and Social Capital of the Unemployed? Evidence from the UK, Social Indicators Research, 124(2): 319-337.
Sage, D. (2015). Do Active Labour Market Policies Promote the Subjective Well-Being of the Unemployed? Evidence from the UK National Well-Being Programme, Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5): 1281-1298.
Murphy, T., and Sage, D. (2014). Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: A Media Analysis. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36(6): 603-615.
Sage, D. (2014). The Scottish National Party: Transition to Power (Book Review), Regional and Federal Studies, 24(4): 532-533.
Sage, D. (2013). Are More Equal Societies the Most Cohesive?, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 33(1/2): 4-20.
Sage, D. (2013). Activation, Health and Well-Being: Neglected Dimensions?, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 33(1/2): 4-20.
Sage, D. (2012). A Challenge to Liberalism? The Communitarianism of the Big Society and Blue Labour, Critical Social Policy, 32(3): 365-382.
Sage, D. (2012). Fair Conditions and Fair Consequences? Exploring New Labour, Welfare Contractualism and Social Attitudes, Social Policy and Society, 11(3): 359-373.
Sage, D. and Diamond, P. (2017), Europe’s New Social Reality: The Case Against Universal Basic Income,London: Policy Network.
Sage, D. (2016). Young People at Risk: Challenges and Policy Options for the UK, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Diamond, P., Liddle, R. and Sage, D. (2015). The Social Reality of Europe After the Crisis, London: Policy Network.
Baumberg, B., Bell, K. and Gaffney, D. with Deacon, R., Hood, C. and Sage, D. (2012). Benefits Stigma in Britain, London:Turn2Us.
Sage, D. (2018), Chapter 10. Well-Being and the Welfare State, in Greve, B. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State: Second Edition, Oxford: Routledge.