The SPA’s activities are co-ordinated by an elected Executive Committee. All members of the SPA are eligible to stand and elections for the Executive Committee are held at the AGM during SPA’s Annual Conference. The SPA is committed to promoting the discipline of Social Policy and representing its members’ interests. If you would like to discuss a particular issue with the SPA Executive or are interested in joining the Executive then please contact the relevant Executive member below.
Karen Rowlingson is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and member of the REF sub panel for UoA 20: social work and social policy. Karen’s research interests include: wealth and the wealthy; financial inclusion; the moral economy of inequality; inter-generational relationships and inequalities; and the social security and tax systems.
Ruth Lister, Baroness Lister of Burtersett
University of Loughborough
Baroness Lister (CBE, FAcSS) is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and her work is largely focused on poverty and citizenship. In both cases this has embraced theoretical, conceptual, empirical and policy analysis and has involved a strong gender dimension.
She received the SPA Lifetime Association award in 2010. She was appointed to the House of Lords as a Life Peer in 2011, where she sits as a member of the Labour Party.
University of Edinburgh
Markus joined University of Edinburgh in 2019 as Senior Lecturer in Global and International Social Policy. He has also taught at Ulster University (2013-2019) and LSE (2011-2013).
Markus' research interests include the role of civil society organisations in social policy design and delivery, and the social policy of the populist rightist parties in Europe.
University of Salford
Anya Ahmed is Professor of Social Science at the University of Salford, UK, and the Head of Social Policy at the School of Health and Society. She has led a range of externally funded research projects examining the experiences of less heard communities. Anya is currently leading the Post Implementation Evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Legislation and the Salford BME Dementia study.
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University of Wolverhampton
As well as lecturing at the University of Wolverhampton, Steve's research interests focus on how specific groups in neighbourhoods experience poverty and/or are able to engage with services.
His research is mainly carried out within localities and often in partnership with voluntary and public sector organisations; recent examples include food banks, hate crime, drug treatment services and caste discrimination.
University of Birmingham
Lee joined Birmingham's Department of Social Policy and Social Work in September 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Policy.
His principal research interests include poverty, inequality and asset-based welfare, youth policy, the mixed economy of welfare and alternative forms of welfare provision. His current research focuses on the themes of resistance to austerity and the dominance of neo-liberal economics by applying the social theory of time to policy analysis.
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University of Sheffield
Liam Foster is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sheffield.
His current research interests centre on pensions and pension systems, funeral provision, and theories of ageing. His research has tended to focus on inequality, poverty and social exclusion, especially in relation to gender and age. Liam is on the Teaching and Learning Committee and has a particular interest in teaching quantitative methods.
He is the co-editor of Social Policy & Society.
University of Edinburgh
Elke Heins is Lecturer in Social Policy and Deputy Director (Research) of the Graduate School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her principle research area is comparative and European social policy. She is particularly interested in labour market and unemployment policy as well as well as the politics of health and wellbeing. She is currently one of the co-editors of Social Policy Review.
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Rod Hick is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University and Co-editor of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (with Dr Gill Main, University of Leeds).
His primary research interests are the conceptualisation, measurement and analysis of poverty, social security, and the capability approach.
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University of Sheffield
Majella is a reader in Social Policy and research aims to understand how the processes and outcomes of globalisation affect citizenship, with ongoing research projects around migration, transnationalism and citizenship, with the present economic crisis and austerity in Europe being a particular focus.
She is the co-editor of Social Policy & Society and an elected editorial member of the Journal of Social Policy.
University of Stirling
Dr McCall is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing at the University of Stirling. Her work has included extensive research on the role of front-line workers, users and volunteers and the policy process and the integration of health and housing. This has included exploring front-line worker discretion, interpretations, activities and actions and bridging the gap between policy and practice. Dr McCall has a broad portfolio of social science teaching and research with the University of Stirling. Key interests and publications include work on housing and ageing, volunteering, devolution, poverty, stigma, inequality, gender, urban society, museums and the cultural sector.
University of Bath
Theo works in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath where he lectures and conducts research in comparative and European social policy.
His research interests include the political economy of familistic welfare regimes, migration and welfare, the politics and impact of austerity policies and the changing governance of social welfare in Europe and, more recently, in Latin America.
University of York
Enrico is Lecturer in Public and Social Policy at the University of York. His current research interests are in self-employment (and the wider context of changing wage-labour conditions and social protection systems), in public service reform (with a focus on the ideational underpinnings of reform trends), and in the crisis of liberal democracy (notably with respect to the principle of popular sovereignty).
University of York
Antonios is a Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy at the University of York. Antonios completed his PhD at the University of Bath and his dissertation focused on the comparative governance of pension funds. His current research interests centre on the political economy of familistic welfare regimes, debt and asset-based welfare, comparative research methods, the politics and impact of austerity policies and the changing socio-economic governance in Europe.
University of Edinburgh
Ellen is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Social Studies of Health and Medicine in the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, and an Associate Director of SKAPE, the Centre for Science, Knowledge & Policy at Edinburgh.
Her research interests are in citizen participation in public services; the voluntary and community sector; critical approaches to evidence-based policy; and interpretive policy analysis.
Editor of Journal of Social PolicyJan.Eichhorn@ed.ac.uk
Jan Eichhorn is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on challenging orthodox economic assumptions in social policy and on understanding how people engage politically to affect changes. In addition to his university role, Jan is also the research director of a non-partisan German think tank, d|part, that connects research and practice in the field of political participation.
Jan is a co-editor of the Journal of Social Policy.
Ruby C M Chau
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Ruby Chau is an Assistant Professor in Public and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. Previously, she was a Marie Curie Research Fellow and a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Her main research interests are women and ageing, women and family care, defamilisation, health and social care for older migrants, East Asian welfare systems and comparative social policy. She is currently involved in a project called ‘Leading the Way – towards an Ageing-Friendly Sheffield’ in which older people from different backgrounds are engaged in co-production activities to design ageing-friendly measures for the city.