The Social Policy Association (SPA) is calling for nominations for its annual SPA Awards, to be announced at the SPA Annual Conference in July 2021.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 28th March 2021. For information on each award, please see below.

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 form and supporting documentation, where applicable, must be received by the SPA Awards Officer Enrico Reuter (email: enrico.reuter@york.ac.uk) by 28th March 2021.

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:

 A report of 2020’s Awards ceremony is available here.

Previous award winners 2006-2019