Morag Treanor is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. She is an academic, social researcher and quantitative data analyst with 15+ years’ experience of working across the private, voluntary and public sectors. The primary focus of her work is child poverty – its measurement, causes, consequences, mitigation and prevention. Her work spans academic research and publications, applied social research for public and voluntary bodies and statistical analysis of large-scale datasets.
She is presently conducting longitudinal qualitative research with families affected by Welfare Reform with the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland called the Early Warning System. Her research has led to high impact work with a wide range of local and national partners, such as:
local authorities and community planning partnerships on preventing and mitigating child poverty at the local level;
the Educational Institute for Scotland (EIS) on the costs of the school day and children’s participation and experience within schools and education for those on a low income. The EIS and CPAG recently produced a short film on the costs of the school day in collaboration with Morag called ‘School Costs‘;
NHS Health Scotland with whom Morag devised an online learning module called ‘Child Poverty, Health and Wellbeing’. This module is being used with new health sector workers in Scotland, eg health visitors and nurses, and it is hoped to expand it to all public sector workers, eg probationer teachers.
Morag is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and for the City of Edinburgh Council's group on Child Poverty.
Morag is new to the University of Stirling in 2017. She previously taught Social Policy and Statistics at the University of Edinburgh as part of its innovative Q-Step programme.
Morag's research uses longitudinal methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to explore the impacts of poverty and persistently low income on children's social, emotional and behavioural outcomes and educational experiences. Her research is also concerned with the impact of family, peer and social relations on child wellbeing for children living in low income families. Her quantitative research uses birth cohort data, mainly the Growing Up in Scotland study, as well as the Millennium Cohort Study data and Understanding Society.
Treanor MC (2018) Income poverty, material deprivation and lone parenthood (Forthcoming). In: Nieuwenhuis R, Maldonado L (ed.). The Triple Bind of Single-Parent Families: Resources, employment and policies to improve wellbeing, Bristol: Policy Press.
Treanor MC (2017) Can we put the poverty of aspirations myth to bed now?. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Kelly L (ed.). CRFR Research briefing, 91. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.
Treanor MC (2017) Together Scotland Blog, 31/05/2017. Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights). Available at: https://togetherscotland.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/suii-seminar-4-measuring-the-progress-of-childrens-rights-in-scotland/
Treanor MC (2016) Glasgow Centre for Population Health Blog, 09/06/2016. Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Available at: http://www.gcph.co.uk/latest/blogs/642_addressing_vulnerability_by_putting_cash_in_mums_pockets
Treanor MC, Naven L & Egan J (2016) A 'pockets' approach to addressing financial vulnerability. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Glasgow Centre for Population Health. CRFR Research briefing, 83. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.
Treanor MC (2016) Financial vulnerability, mothers' emotional distress and child wellbeing. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. CRFR Research briefing, 81. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.
Treanor MC (2014) Centre for Research on Families and Relationships blogspot, 22/10/2014. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Available at: http://crfrblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/routes-out-of-poverty-education-and.html