SPA Grant Awards

Since September 2016, we have funded the following:


Sarah Brooks-Wilson and John Horton – Children and young people’s social policy journeys: Mobilities, services (in)accessibilities

This one day conference aims to raise new questions for social policy and practice through the lens of children and young people’s journey making inequalities.


Joan Abbas, Joe Chrisp, David Young, Kate Summers, Ellie Suh, Kerris Cooper & Eileen Alexander

A launch event for the’ Money, Security Social Policy Network’ to take place in November 2017.


Matthew Donnaghue

The award will support delegates attending a one day colloquium in September 2017 entitled ‘Social Cohesion in Times of Uncertainty’.


Richard Machin

To support a welfare reform summit which will discuss what known and future impacts of welfare reform can be identified at a strategic, operational and academic level.



Dierdre Duffy (Manchester Metropolitan University) – Mapping youth mental health services in England.

Recognising that youth mental health service pathways in England can be complex and unclear, the SPA grant has funded workshop activities that will be begin to map services and pathways. The workshop is for researchers and practitioners to meet together and develop further collaborative working.


Jenni Brooks (Sheffield Hallam University) – Sheffield City Region Young People’s Precarious and Placeless Labour: connecting research, policy and practice

A collaborative event connecting youth organisations, policy makers, researchers and employers to examine young people’s experiences of precarious working. The goal is to understand challenges faced by young people and engage with employers as a basis for further research and the development of an advisory group.


Keerty Nakray (Indian Social Policy Network) – Comparative and International Social Policy Theories and Methods

The grants will fund delivering workshops for PhD students and researchers to examine the links between social policy and development studies. As well as making links with the Indian Social Policy Network, the workshops will form the basis of a set of published papers.


Michael Orton (Warwick University) – Putting the security back into social security

The grant will support four half-day workshops with academics and key practitioners across Britain to stimulate new thinking about welfare and how best to move away from welfare being seen as ‘toxic’. Whilst the workshops are discussion based, there is a clear goal of creating a community of interest and ongoing dialogue.


Gideon Calder (Swansea University) and Dave Sayers (Sheffield Hallam University) – Welsh social services policy seminar

Changes in legislation and consultation regarding social services in Wales have prompted a need for dialogue between government, researchers and practitioners. In addition to ‘rapid networking’, participants will arrange future meetings to ensure ongoing dialogue. The event will not only raise the SPA’s profile with policy makers but it will also support important cross sectoral dialogue.