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Professor McVicar’s research interests include: program evaluation and welfare reform; disability, unemployment and inactivity; education, peer effects and substance use; non-standard employment, and sequence analysis of labour market data.

He is currently working on peer effects in education, VET reform, the links between homelessness and substance use, the impacts of zero hours contracts on workers, and disability benefits, among other things.

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Professor McVicar is willing to consider supervising research students in any of the following areas:

  • Peer effects in education
  • VET reform
  • The links between homelessness and substance use
  • The impacts of zero hours contracts on workers
  • Disability benefits
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Alumni: where are they now?

John Moriarty

PhD title: On Adolescent Cannabis Use

Years of Study: 2012 - 2015
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast

Ursula Smyth

PhD title: On NHS Waiting Times

Years of Study: 2006 - 2014
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: HM Treasury

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