Kane works with EBS on day-to-day research aspects of the Taylor Bennett Foundation (TBF) project. Kane is also a PhD student in Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. His interests are social networks and social capital; employment, stratification and inequalities, digital skills and literacy.
Kane’s previous experience includes an impact case-study for Skills Development Scotland, focusing upon Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland (2016-2017). Applying an employment and equalities framework to primary datasets, the programme investigates pay gaps and their drivers (socio-cultural indicators). Outputs of the project have included workshops, formation of the Equalities Action group, a socio-economic impact assessment which feeds into the next Equality Mainstreaming Report (2019).
Publications, Working Papers, Presentations/Workshops
• Westwood, J., Needham, K., and Watson, I. (2016) ‘Review of Social Work Future Skills’. Scottish Social Services Council: SSSC Review of Social Work Education. Available < http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications?task=document.viewdoc&id=3197> 18/08/17.
• Needham, K. (2017) ‘Career Management Online – Social Capital and Inequality’. Social Surveys and Social Statistics Research Group: Social Stratification Research Seminar, 7th-8th September 2017, University of Edinburgh.
• Needham, K. (2017) ‘Online Social Networking and Employment: An Uneven Distribution of Outcomes’. Social Surveys and Social Statistics Research Group: All Hands Seminar Day, 17th June 2017, University of Stirling.
• Needham, K. (2017) ‘The ‘bots are Coming? Botnet Presence Online – Academic and Political Considerations’. Faculty of Social Sciences Doctoral Conference, 9th June 2017, University of Stirling.
• Needham, K., Westwood, J., Matthews, P., and Gibson, G. (2016; poster) ‘POSM: Professionalism on Online Social Media’. Learning and Teaching Conference, 20th April 2016, University of Stirling.
• Westwood, J., and Needham, K. (2016) ‘Future Skills in Social Work Education – Findings’ - SSSC Review of Social Work Education: Sector engagement event, 23rd March 2016, Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow.
• Needham, K., and Mowbray, J. (2016) ‘Social Networking and Career Management Skills’. Skills Development Scotland Careers Guidance Research Symposium, 16th March 2016, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh.