Morag Gillespie is a senior research fellow at the Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Glasgow School for Business and Society. She is a member of WiSE and also works with Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health. She has a long history of working with voluntary and community groups, including delivering and managing social, welfare and legal rights advice services in a variety of voluntary sector settings.
Her main research interests are: poverty and inequality; and poverty, financial inclusion and health. Her current projects centre on mapping microcredit in Scotland, gender work and training, welfare reforms in the UK and destitution and asylum. Her research is mainly qualitative, with a focus on including and involving groups who are often excluded from research and decision making. This includes an interest in participatory and peer approaches to research.
Her teaching relates mainly to poverty and equalities issues and participatory approaches to research, including: short courses ‘Economics for Equality’ and ‘Researching Poverty in Communities’; and she is a member of the programme team on GCU's new MSc Citizenship and Human Rights) and MSc International Development.
Morag has been sole or joint lead on projects generating over £0.3 million and has contributed to a wide range of other projects, working with academic and non-academic partners and for a wide range of funders including the Scottish Government, Friends Provident Foundation, NHS, Oxfam, Unison and a range of local authorities and voluntary organisations. Current and recent research projects include: Accounting for gender in the Modern Apprenticeship Programme in Scotland (A McKay Lead, ESRC funded project); Mapping Microcredit in Scotland; Destitution and Asylum in Scotland (Refugee Survival Trust and others); Pregnancy and Maternity Review (Scottish Government); Reporting on the Gender Pay Gap in Scotland (Close the Gap).