Journal of Social Policy

The Journal Journal of Social Policyof Social Policy carries high quality articles on all aspects of social policy in an international context. It places particular emphasis upon articles which seek to contribute to debates on the future direction of social policy, to present new empirical data, to advance theories, or to analyse issues in the making and implementation of social policies.

Current Editors: Dr Patricia Kennett (University of Bristol) and Dr Misa Izuhara (University of Bristol) contact:

Social Policy and Society

Social Policy and Society

Social Policy and Society is an international academic journal sponsored by the UK Social Policy Association. The journal welcomes stimulating original articles that draw upon contemporary policy-related research and associated developments in the social sciences. Each issue contains peer reviewed articles reflecting topical debates and issues within social policy and uniquely, a themed section, edited by a Guest Editor(s). Every themed section includes an introductory piece, a set of peer reviewed articles, a selected review of the key literature, plus a guide to key sources in the area.

Current Editors: Dr Liam Foster (University of Sheffield) and Dr Majella Kilkey (University of Sheffield) contact:

Listen to the inaugural Social Policy and Society lecture by Michael Crossely and Stephan Lambert here

Listen to the second Social Policy and Society Lecture by Izabela Grabowska here


Social Policy Review

Social Policy ReviewThe Social Policy Review is an edited collection of papers examining current developments and debates in social policy. It is produced once a year and published by the Policy Press. SPA members receive a free copy as part of their membership package. Full information on the current volume and recent back issues can be found on the Policy Press website along with an online ordering facility.


Understanding Welfare Series

Understanding Welfare SeriesThis bestselling series presents topical and innovative approaches to understanding social issues, policies and welfare delivery from leading experts. Accessible and student friendly, each includes chapter-specific summaries, questions for discussion, illustrative boxes and diagrams to help understanding and full bibliographies. Each book is Social Policy Subject Benchmark compliant, and with an attractive series design this collection builds into a library of essential reading for students.

Social Policy Digest (Archive)

The SoSocial Policy Digestcial Policy Digest is a major online resource providing up-to-date listings of developments across the whole range of social policy issues. The Digest is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Social Policy Association. In addition to full coverage of UK developments, the Digest has a new section (December 2010) dealing with pan-European social policy issues. The Digest is a freely accessible resource. Simply go to The Social Policy Digest page. The database of material dates back to 2002 – by the end of 2011 it contained over 33,000 separate items. To be notified of Digest updates automatically, simply use one of the news feeds provided (RSS or Atom).

Digest updates are also available via Facebook and Twitter. Subject categories in the Digest database include: poverty, inequality and social security; unemployment and work; education; health; social services and care; housing; local communities and services; crime and justice; and voluntary activity and civil society. Cross-cutting categories include: children and the family; disability; gender and sexuality; mental health; old age; race and ethnicity; and young people. There are also listings relating to social policy developments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Each entry provides a summary of the source document, together with source references and online links.