Associate Fellow
Leeds University Business School

David was awarded a grant from the Digit Innovation Fund 2020 on Digitalisation of employment services: a comparative case study of the UK and Australia.


I received my PhD from Leeds Beckett University in 2018 – my thesis focussed on youth-targeted active labour market policies under the 2010-15 UK Coalition government. Since then, I have worked on a number of research projects about social security and employment programmes at the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) at Leeds University Business School. I am currently a full-time researcher on the ESRC-funded Covid Rapid Response Welfare at a (Social) Distance project which investigates experiences of the social security system since COVID-19. I am a member of the Social Policy Association and a fellow of the HEA.

Research interests
  • Active labour market policy
  • Contracted-out and devolved employment programmes
  • Social security
Working papers

Robertshaw, D. “Lost in Categorisation: the ongoing challenge of employment subsidies” (under review, JSP)

Robertshaw, D. (2016) “Restructuring the UK Labour Market through Disciplinary Employment Services”. Paper delivered as part of the panel discussion “Capitalism at the ‘Frontier” at International Political Economy Group of the BISA Conference, Leeds Beckett University, 14th- 15th October.

Robertshaw, D. (2016) “Since the Workfare Row” … Contesting the Coalition’s Welfare Reforms (2010-2015) – Paper delivered at Work, Employment and Society Conference, Leeds University, 6th- 8th September.

Robertshaw, D. (2013) “What Kind of Incentives do ‘Wage Incentives’ create?” – Paper delivered at Work, Employment and Society Conference, Warwick University, 3rd – 5th September.

Policy publications

Edmiston, D, Gibbons, A. and Robertshaw, D. (forthcoming) “What can local responses to COVID-19 tell us about the potential and challenges for devolved ‘welfare’?”, GMPA.

5 successful awards of the Digit Innovation Fund

31 July 2020

The Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) is pleased to announce the outcome of the 1st round of the Digit Innovation Fund.