Ruth Patrick

Dr Ruth Patrick

Lecturer in Social Policy, University of York


Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @ruthpatrick0

Research interests

Ruth's research focuses on participatory approaches to exploring lived experiences of poverty and social security receipt.


Ruth leads the Covid Realities research programme, which is working in partnership with parents and carers and a team of researchers at the universities of York and Birmingham along with Child Poverty Action Group to document life on a low-income during the pandemic. She is also researching the impact of the two-child limit and benefit cap on larger families, and working in collaboration with Universal Credit claimants in Northern Ireland to develop the first ever co-produced guide to the benefit. Ruth is the author of For Whose Benefit: The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform (Policy Press, 2017).