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Professor Jan Pahl CBE

Doctor of Letters

July 2015

Professor Jan Pahl is Professor Emeritus of Social Policy at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. She started her academic career at the University of Kent and for twenty years she worked mainly as a social researcher.

Professor Jan Pahl earned her Bachelor’s degree in Historical Geography from New Hall College, University of Cambridge. From 1985 she was employed as a researcher in the National Health Service and then in 1990 became Director of Research at the National Institute for Social Work (NISW). Professor Pahl returned to Kent in 1995 as Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, and was made Professor Emeritus of Social Policy in 2002. Throughout her career, Professor Pahl has been responsible for research grants totalling £4m and has received awards from 12 different funding bodies.

Professor Jan Pahl was appointed an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences 2008, presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Social Policy Association in 2010 and awarded a CBE in 2011.

Professor Pahl has published seven books, and more than 50 articles and other publications. She has made a significant contribution to policy debates across many different fields, including policy relating to families, poverty and inequality, social security, financial exclusion, violence against women, taxation, and health and social care.


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