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.