In light of the particular circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SPA is extending its call for nominations for the 2020 Awards until 15th June 2020. Winners will be announced later this year.

The SPA awards aim to:

1) Advance the interests of the SPA and its members through increased reach and status

2) Recognise and endorse the work of academics who are both researching and teaching social policy, and who as SPA members contribute to advancing the discipline

3) Recognise and endorse the work of individuals and organisations who as social policy practitioners and/or advocates, are using academic work produced by the social policy academic community and/or are working with academics to promote the public understanding of social policy

Process of awards

Where the awards are made on the decision of the SPA-appointed judging panel, the panel will comprise four judges appointed by the Executive to serve for 3 years and will normally include:

  • The SPA President
  • 1 judge drawn from outside the academic community
  • 2 judges appointed from SPA membership

Nomination forms and supporting documentation, where applicable, must be received by the SPA Awards Officer Enrico Reuter (email: by Monday, 15th June 2020.

General rules of the Awards

Those making a nomination must do so with the full knowledge of the person being nominated. Please read the rules and criteria for each award carefully before submitting a nomination. Current members of the SPA-appointed judging panel are not eligible to nominate.

Award categories:

Report and winners from the SPA Awards 2019

Previous award winners 2006-2019