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This page lists my academic writing (peer-reviewed journal articles, other academic publications, and submitted/unpublished work), presentations, and non-academic writing. [Updated September 2017].

Links to the published versions (and where I'm allowed by copyright, to an open access version) are included below. If you can't get hold of these for any reason, then just get in touch and I'm happy to pass them on. You can also see citations and follow me at my Google Scholar profile, or follow me at Finally, my ORCID is 0000-0003-0341-3532.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

In future I'm trying to ensure that this website contains the code I used to run statistical analyses, having been persuaded by Jeremy Freese (free version here) that reproducibility and transparency should be standard in social research. Some of my earliest work, though, pre-dates this commitment to open-ness.

  1. Benefit ‘Myths’? The Accuracy and Inaccuracy of Public Beliefs about the Benefits System (Geiger 2017). Social Policy & Administration, in press. The pre-print (originally submitted) version is available here, which is also the same as the working paper from the LSE Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion available here. The web appendices and web tables - plus two of the datasets used - are available in a .zip file here.
  2. Assessing work disability for social security benefits: international models for the direct assessment of work capacity (Geiger, Garthwaite, Warren & Bambra 2017). Disability and Rehabilitation, in press. The paper is open access for anyone to download from the journal website.
  3. Benefits conditionality for disabled people: stylised facts from a review of international evidence and practice (Geiger 2017). Journal of Poverty & Social Justice, 25(2):107-128. The paper is open access for anyone to download from the journal website. The Web Appendices are available here.
  4. Did food insecurity rise across Europe after the 2008 crisis? An analysis across welfare regimes (Davis & Geiger, 2017). Social Policy & Society, 16(3):343-360. An open-access version of the post-print is available here. My co-author Owen Davis chatted about the research on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed.
  5. Corporate social responsibility and conflicts of interest in the alcohol and gambling industries: a post-political discourse? (Geiger & Cuzzocrea, 2017). British Journal of Sociology, 68(2):254-272. An open-access pre-print (before peer review) version is available here.
  6. Pathways of Paid Work, Care Provision, and Volunteering in Later Careers: Activity Substitution or Extension? (van der Horst, Vickerstaff, Lain, Clark, and Geiger, In Press). Work, Aging and Retirement. An open access version of this publication is available here.
  7. Beyond 'mythbusting': how to respond to myths and perceived undeservingness in the British benefits system (Geiger & Meueleman 2016). Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24(3):291-306. An open-access pre-print (before peer review) version is available here.
  8. Can alcohol make you happy? A subjective wellbeing approach (Geiger & MacKerron 2016). Social Science & Medicine, 156(May):184-191. I wrote a piece on The Conversation on this, and it was picked up in a variety of media sources including the Daily Mail and Washington Post. George's Mappiness data is too disclosive to share, but here you find the BCS Stata code, the web appendices, and the unformatted but peer-reviewed version of the paper.
  9. (My surname changed at this point from 'Baumberg' to 'Geiger').

  10. The stigma of claiming benefits: a quantitative study (Baumberg 2016). Journal of Social Policy, 45(2):181-189. The final version of the paper is available here, and you can also download the web appendices and the data + Stata code.
  11. Disability prevalence and disability-related employment gaps in the UK 1998-2012: Different trends in different surveys? (Baumberg, Jones & Wass 2015). Social Science & Medicine, 141:72-81. This publication is open-access. This is a collaborative project that's still ongoing, so unfortunately I can't yet share the code. I blogged about the results here, while Vicki blogged about it over at The Conversation.
  12. From Impairment to Incapacity - Educational Inequalities in Disabled People's Ability to Work (Baumberg 2015). Social Policy & Administration, 49(2):182-198. The initial submission (before peer review) is available here, and I blogged about the paper on OpenPop.
  13. Fit-for-work - or work fit for disabled people? The role of changing job demands and control in incapacity claims (Baumberg, 2014). Journal of Social Policy, 43(2):289-310. Full version available here.
    • The supplementary material (web appendices and Stata code for the analyses in this paper) are available here. I wanted to share the Stata code even though it's quite complex to follow; if you have any questions, then please get in touch.
  14. Adjusting for unrecorded consumption in survey and per capita sales data: Quantification of impact on gender- and age-specific alcohol-attributable fractions for oral and pharyngeal cancers in Great Britain (Meier, Meng, Holmes, Baumberg, Purshouse, Hill-McManus, and Brennan, 2013). Alcohol & Alcoholism, 48(2):241-249.
  15. Three Ways to Defend Social Security in Britain (Baumberg 2012). Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20:149-61. Full version available here.
    • The web appendices are available here.
  16. Communicating Alcohol Narratives: Creating a Healthier Relationship with Alcohol (Anderson, Bitarello, Baumberg, Jarl & Stuckler 2011). Journal of Health Communication, 16:27-36.
  17. World Trade Law and a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control [peer-reviewed editorial] (Baumberg 2010). Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64:473-4. Full version available here.
  18. How Will Alcohol Sales in the UK Be Affected If Drinkers Follow Government Guidelines? (Baumberg 2009). Alcohol & Alcoholism, 44(5):523-528. Full version available here.
  19. Trade and health: How World Trade Organisation (WTO) law affects alcohol and public health (Baumberg and Anderson 2008). Addiction, 103:1952-1958. Full version available here.
  20. Health, alcohol and EU law: understanding the impact of European single market law on alcohol policies (Baumberg and Anderson 2008). European Journal of Public Health, 18(4):392-398. Full version available here.
  21. The global economic burden of alcohol: a review and some suggestions (Baumberg 2006). Drug and Alcohol Review, 25(6):537-552. Full version available here.

Other academic publications

  1. Introduction to the special issue on 'Disability and Conditional Social Security Benefits (Geiger 2017). This is the introduction to the special issue that includes my own paper on benefits conditionality above, as well as several other really interesting articles. A blog post summarising the editorial is available here.
  2. Tax avoidance and benefit manipulation: Views on its morality and prevalence (Geiger, Reeves & de Vries 2017). In Clery, Curtice, and Harding (eds.), British Social Attitudes 34, London: NatCen. We wrote two blog posts on the release of the report, one on the main findings of the chapter, the other on the sharp softening of attitudes towards benefit claimants.
  3. Benefit ‘Myths’? The accuracy and inaccuracy of public beliefs about the benefits system (Baumberg 2016). CASEpaper 199, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). This has since been published in the journal Social Policy & Administration, see above for details.
  4. Job Quality and the Self-employed: Is It Still Better to Work for Yourself? (Baumberg and Meager 2015). Ch6 in Felstead, Gallie & Green (eds.), Unequal Britain at Work, Oxford: Oxford University Press. A version of this was published by my co-author in the International Review of Entrepreneurship.
  5. Corporate Social Responsibility (Baumberg et al 2015). ALICE RAP Deliverable 11.2 - Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe: Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP). Also available here.
  6. Rethinking the Work Capability Assessment (Baumberg, Warren, Garthwaite and Bambra 2015). London: Demos.
  7. Disability, long-term conditions and poverty (MacInnes, Tinson, Horgan, Baumberg and Gaffney 2014). London: New Policy Institue, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This was covered by the Disability News Service 18/7/2014.
  8. Benefits and the cost of living: Pressures on the cost of living and attitudes to benefit claiming (Baumberg 2014). In: British Social Attitudes: the 31st Report (ed. Park,A, Bryson,C and Curtice,J). London: NatCen Social Research. I blogged about this at LSE Politics & Policy.
  9. Addicts' share of alcohol and tobacco expenditures (Baumberg 2014). Report 1 in Disley et al (2014), Addiction Revenues: ALICE RAP Deliverable 11.2 - Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe: Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP). Also available here.
  10. Dismantling the barriers to social mobility (Gaffney and Baumberg 2014). London: Trades Union Congress (TUC). This was a very small project resulting in a pamphlet (Touchstone Extra Pamphlet #12); one of my main contributions was looking at public attitudes to mobility, and while this was cut from the final report for space reasons, I blogged about the results here.
  11. Benefits stigma in Britain (Baumberg, Bell and Gaffney 2012). London: Elizabeth Finn Care/Turn2us.The web appendices are available here.
  12. How many qualitative interviews are enough? I contributed to this publication by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), edited by Sarah Elsie Baker & Rosalind Edwards, and including some big names in qualitative research (as well as other early career people like me). It has now been downloaded over 100,000 times (!).
  13. The role of increasing job strain in deteriorating fitness-for-work and rising incapacity benefit receipt (Baumberg 2011). PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This thesis was (jointly) awarded the Richard Titmuss prize for the best thesis in Social Policy at LSE in 2011/12. The web appendices are are available here.
  14. Self-reported fitness-for-work in Britain: trends and implications (Baumberg 2011). In Vickerstaff,S; Phillipson,C; and Wilkie, R (eds), Work, Health and Well-being: The challenges of managing health at work. Policy Press.
    • The methodological web appendices to this chapter are available for download here
  15. Cost benefit analyses of alcohol policy - a primer (Anderson and Baumberg 2010). Prepared for the SMART (Standardizing Measurement of Alcohol-Related Troubles) project.
  16. Best practice in estimating the costs of alcohol - Recommendations for future studies (Baumberg 2010). Copenhagen: World Health Organisation - Regional Office for Europe.
  17. Economic impacts of alcohol pricing policy options in the UK (Hunt, Rabinovich and Baumberg 2010). Cambridge: RAND Europe for the Home Office. A 2011 version is available from the RAND website
  18. The European strategy on alcohol: a landmark and a lesson [non peer-reviewed editorial] (Baumberg and Anderson 2007). Alcohol and Alcoholism, 42(1):1-2.
  19. Alcohol: Price, Policy and Public Health (SHAAP 2007). Report on the Findings of the Expert Workshop on Price convened by SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
  20. Alcohol in Europe: A Public Health Perspective (Anderson and Baumberg 2006). London: Institute of Alcohol Studies for the European Commission.
  21. The value of alcohol policies: A review of the likely economic costs and benefits of policies to reduce alcohol-related harm on the global level (Baumberg 2006). Paper commissioned by the World Health Organisation for the WHO Expert Committee on Alcohol Problems.
  22. Stakeholders' views of alcohol policy (Anderson and Baumberg 2006). Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Other Drugs (English Supplement), 6:393:414.
  23. Alcohol in Europe: Health, social and economic impact (Anderson and Baumberg 2006). Eurohealth 12(2):17-20.

Book review of 'Corporate Social Responsibility and the Welfare State' (Brejning 2012). Social Policy and Administration, 47(7):850-852.

Book review of 'Understanding Disability Policy' (Roulstone & Prideaux 2011). Disability & Society. 28(3):427-428.

A new resource for secondary analysis of alcohol: the UK Alcohol Data Map [news and notes] (Baumberg and Bennetts 2008). Addiction, 103:1053.

Alcohol policy: who should sit at the table? [letter] (Anderson and Baumberg 2007). Addiction, 102:335-6.

Non-academic writing

You can find my postings on Inequalities here - between Sep 2010 and June 2014, I've posted there over 100 times. Aside from these, I've written:

  1. Sharp softening of attitudes to benefit claimants, reveals new data (with Aaron Reeves & Rob de Vries), NatCen blog, 28/6/2017.
  2. Tax avoidance and benefit manipulation: a double standard? (first-authored by Aaron Reeves, also with Rob de Vries), NatCen blog, 28/6/2017.
  3. Does drink really make you happy?, The Conversation, 27/6/2016.
  4. Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?, LSE Politics & Policy blog, 3/6/2016.
  5. Written evidence to the UK Parliament Work and Pensions Select Committe Disability Employment Gap Inquiry (with Victoria Wass and Melanie Wass), 11/5/2016.
  6. The strong but declining support for pensioner benefits (with Peter Taylor-Gooby), LSE Politics & Policy blog, 26/3/2015.
  7. The inequality of incapacity, OpenPop, 17/8/2015.
  8. What is incapacity? Demos Quarterly, Issue #3 (Summer 2014), published 18/7/2014.
  9. Attitudes to benefits are not as negative as they seem. This appeared on The Conversation to accompany the release of the British Social Attitudes chapter, above, on 17/6/2014.
  10. Perceived social mobility: do we think that money buys success?, with Declan Gaffney. This appeared on the LSE Politics & Policy blog with the title, 'Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox', 12/5/2014. Declan also wrote a further post on the TUC Social Mobility report (above) for the TUC's Toucstone blog.
  11. Read between the lines: confronting the myths about the benefits system, a 'mythbusting' with Kate Bell and Declan Gaffney for the charities Elizabeth Finn Care/Turn2us. Related versions include our earlier version for Red Pepper (version with footnotes), and a version produced by the trade union think-tank Class based on both of these. Note that I'm currently reflecting on the idea of 'myths', so my views are developing in this area - watch this space...
  12. Benefit cuts, welfare reform and inequality, in 'The Coalition Government and income inequality', One Society 2012.
  13. Has the Labour party's approach to sick and disabled people shifted?, with Kaliya Franklin & Declan Gaffney, LabourList, 17/5/2012.
  14. Labour's failings on disability, Left Foot Forward, 13/1/2012.
  15. Let's all be open about what we earn, the Guardian's Comment is Free blog, 3/12/2010.
  16. Should we defend the middle-class welfare state?, Left Foot Forward, 7/10/2010.

Unpublished papers and rejections of now-published papers

Inspired by this wonderful blog post, I think it's important to reveal the inevitable, yet still-painful failures involved in publishing academic papers. (Bearing in mind the critiques of this kind of thing, I should make clear that I'm not saying academic publication is a pure meritocracy that rewards effort - just that it inevitably involves failure!). So in this section I list the rejections that occurred for the papers above before they were published, and (even more painfully), the papers that never made it... (These are available to anyone that wants them on request, but are mainly destined to sit unread on my computer). This will doubtlessly seem strange to many people, but let me know if the post inspires you to do the same!

  1. Benefit ‘Myths’? The Accuracy and Inaccuracy of Public Beliefs about the Benefits System (Baumberg). This was desk rejected by the British Journal of Political Science before being accepted by Social Policy & Administration 2017.
  2. Can alcohol (policies) make you happy? A critique of the consumer surplus approach, and an empirical alternative (Baumberg & Mackerron). Rejected by Addiction (after R&R, 2015) - for reasons that I really didn't agree with - before being published by Social Science & Medicine 2016.
  3. Does the alcohol industry have a real economic motive to behave 'responsibly'? A critical investigation of the motives for Corporate Social Responsibility according to CSR professionals (Baumberg). Rejected by Social Science & Medicine (after R&R, 2010), before eventually becoming subsumed in British Journal of Sociology 2016.
  4. Convenient truths: An empirical investigation of moral perceptions of 'alcohol industry' employees, and the implications for theories of moral decision-making (Baumberg). Rejected by Journal of Business Ethics (2009).
  5. Contradictions in the desire to work past pension age: 'Third Age work', flexibility, and the later working agenda (Baumberg). Rejected by Social Policy & Administration (2008).
  6. Alcohol in the economy: The costs and benefits of alcohol and the alcohol trade (Baumberg & Anderson). Rejected by a Special Issue of Addiction (2007).

I keep wondering whether I should publish rejection letters or not - inspired by Granovetter - but it's not clear if this will simply antagonise editors/reviewers...

There's also one paper on which I'm a minor author that was rejected before being published - but as my co-authors don't list their rejections, I won't provide any further details here. There are also funding bids that have been rejected: an ESRC/MRC Post-Doc Fellowship (2009), a bid as a co-applicant in 2010 (parts of which were funded in the broader ESRC/MRC project led by Sarah Vickerstaff 2014-2016), and a bid as a co-applicant in 2013 (for an ESRC Centre for Research on Social Security (CRoSS) led by Prof Karen Rowlingson, which was shortlisted but ultimately not funded).


Aside from the presentations below, I have also co-organised an early career event in 2012 on disability research and welfare reform. The event was co-organised with Ruth Patrick, supported by the Social Policy Association, and had a great keynote by Prof Paul Gregg.

  1. The disability employment penalty: towards an estimate we can (possibly) trust. Presentation to the Nordic Network on Disability Research conference, Bergen, 7/5/2015.
  2. What is 'incapacity'? An international review of incapacity assessment in the benefits system. Presentation to the Nordic Network on Disability Research conference, Bergen, 7/5/2015.
  3. What is 'incapacity'? An international review of incapacity assessment in the benefits system. Presentation to workshop on 'Worklessness and Health Inequalities: Research, policy and practice perspectives', Durham, within the ESRC Seminar Series Revitalising the Health Equity Agenda (ESRC ES/M003027/1), 25/6/2015.
  4. Disability, long term conditions and poverty. Invited presentation (with Declan Gaffney, presenting findings from MacInnes et al 2014, above) to Disability Rights UK (DRUK)/Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) conference, 'Affordable: An economy that includes disabled people', 15/12/2014.
  5. What is 'incapacity'? The policy implications of bad theory. Invited presentation to 'Work, Health and Wellbeing workshop' sponsored by Public Health England, Manchester 10/11/2014.
  6. INVITED LECTURE: What's the Point of Social Science? Invited public presentation for the Queens' Anniversary Prize Lecture at the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of York, 18/3/2014. Available via YouTube.
  7. Research at the edge of politics: Blogging about Inequalities. Presentation to the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of York, 5/11/2003.
  8. 'You know people who do it': How the media and interpersonal contact influence perceptions of benefit fraud. Presentation to the ESPAnet (European Social Policy network) confernece, Poznan 5-7/9/2013. The full conference paper is available on request.
  9. How much social security do we want?. Presentation to a CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) seminar, LSE, 11/7/2013.
  10. Stigma, disability benefits & austerity in Britain. Presentation to the Social Policy Association conference, Sheffield, 9/7/2013, within a symposium I organised alongside Elaine Chase and Dan Heap.
  11. How far can Corporate Social Responsibility reduce alcohol-related harm?. Presentation to the Kettil Bruun Society international alcohol conference, Kampala, Uganda 6/6/2013. The full conference paper is available on request.
  12. Does alcohol policy make us unhappy? An empirical study of valuing alcohol-related happiness for cost-benefit analysis . Presentation to the Kettil Bruun Society international alcohol conference, Kampala, Uganda 6/6/2013. The full conference paper is available on request.
  13. Negotiating Conflict of Interest: Discourses of CSR in the addictive industries in Europe, and their implications for public health (Baumberg & Cuzzocrea). Presentation to the Global Public Health Unit, University of Edinburgh, 17/5/2013.
  14. Benefits, politicians & the media: escaping the vicious circle. Presentation to a Demos seminar, 17/4/2013.
  15. Benefits stigma in Britain (Baumberg, Bell & Gaffney). Presentation in the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), LSE seminar series, 13/3/2013.
  16. INVITED LECTURE: Statistical Catfights and The Spirit Level (Baumberg & de Vries). Invited debate alongside Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett to the Radical Statistics conference, 23/2/2013, York. Video and slides of the debate are available from Radstats or YouTube.
  17. From Impairment to Incapacity: A qualitative study of the link between working conditions, employer behaviour and incapacity benefit claims. Presentation to the Is work fit for disabled people? A CeDR symposium, Lancaster 10-11/7/2012
  18. Later Working and the Changing Nature of Work. Presentation to the Rethinking Retirement ESRC Seminar Series, Manchester, 4/11/2011. A video of me waving my hands around while talking about the presentation is available via the same link.
  19. Fit-for-work, or work fit for disabled people? Changing working conditions and incapacity in Britain. Invited presentation at White Rose seminar, York, 30/3/2012.
  20. Bad jobs and Incapacity Benefits. Presentation to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), London, 20/11/2011.
  21. From bad jobs to incapacity benefits: the role of working conditions and employability. Presentation to the Social Policy Association (SPA) conference, Lincoln 5/7/2011.
  22. Is declining fitness-for-work in Britain due to deteriorating job demands and control? Presentation to the American Psychological Association's Work, Stress, and Health Conference, Orlando, Florida, 22/5/2011..
  23. The need for an overarching 'theory of inequalities' in Sociology and Social Policy. Presentation to the British Sociological Association Postgraduate Symposium on Inequality, Milton Keynes, 6/5/2011.
  24. Deteriorating working conditions and rising incapacity benefits: is there a connection? Presentation to the British Sociological Association (BSA) conference, London, 8/4/2011.
  25. Why has reported fitness-for-work deteriorated since the 1980s? Presentation to the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of York, 25/1/2011.
  26. Co-producing welfare-to-work? Separating good from bad co-production in services for the unemployed/disabled. Presentation to Coprodnet conference, Manchester, 3/11/10.
  27. Do high-strain jobs increase the chances of health-related job loss? Paper presented at the Social Policy Association conference, Lincoln, 6/7/2010
  28. Fitness-for-work and incapacity benefit receipt: the role of job strain. Presentation to Dame Carol Black (National Director for Health and Work), London, 8/7/2010.
  29. Fitness-to-work, job strain, and retirement. Paper presented at 'Understanding Ageing' (organised by the CEntre for Longitudinal Studies), , Oxford, 15/4/2010
  30. Work, retirement, incapacity: Working conditions, and the later working agenda. Presentation to the TAEN (Third Age Employment Network) / LSE seminar on older workers, London, 1/2/2010.
  31. The economic harm caused by alcohol. Presentation at the EU Presidency 'Expert Conference on Alcohol and Health', Stockholm, 22/9/2009.
  32. Should researchers make policy recommendations at all? Paper presented at the Social Policy Association conference, Edinburgh, 30/6/2009
  33. Should researchers make policy recommendations at all? Paper presented at 'Informing Public Policy: New Agendas for Social Research' (organised by NatCen-LSE), London 23/4/2009
  34. Against evidence-based policy: over-claiming social research and undermining effective policy. Paper presented at the Social Policy Association conference, Edinburgh, 25/6/2008
  35. Evidence for alcohol policy: What it can offer, and what it shows. Presentation to the 3rd European Association of Addiction Therapy conference, Vienna 10/9/2007
  36. Cutting through the costs: The real cost of binge-drinking in the UK. Presentation to the 'Promoting Responsible Drinking: Reducing the Harm Caused by Alcohol' conference organised by Neil Stewart Associates, London, 31/1/2007
  37. Alcohol policies and the economy of Europe. Presentation to the Eurocare 'Bridging the Gap' conference, Helsinki, 20/11/2006
  38. Inequalities, young people and alcohol in Europe - an overview. Presentation to the Alcohol Policy Development Group of the European Presidency at the Presidency 'Tackling Health Inequalities' summit, London 17/10/2005


I'm currently on the England national advisory group of DRILL, the editorial board of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, and sit on the Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics Early Career Expert Review Group. From 2009-2012 I was an associate editor for the journal Addiction, and from 2012-2015 I was on the Executive of the Social Policy Association. I've peer-reviewed for the MRC, ESRC, Journal of Social Policy, Social Science & Medicine, Addiction, Alcohol & Alcoholism, Contemporary Drug Problems and Drug and Alcohol Review; and I've acted as a (nominally) paid reviewer for the UK Department of Work and Pensions, the Department of Health, and the Alcohol Education & Research Council (AERC).

A more detailed CV - including positions, qualifications, a list of grants, skills/experience (teaching, research and other), and references - is available on request.