Dr Eleanor Jupp

Reader in Social Policy
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Dr Eleanor Jupp


Dr Eleanor Jupp joined the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research in August 2015. Prior to this she held teaching and research positions at the Open University, University of Reading and Oxford Brookes University. Her teaching and research interests combine social policy and urban social geography, with particular interests in community, neighbourhoods and families. Theoretically she works with frameworks of emotions, embodiment, affect and care.

Before undertaking her PhD, Dr Jupp worked in policy and practice in the voluntary sector, and as a UK government policy advisor on issues of neighbourhood regeneration and social exclusion, and she continues to collaborate with the voluntary sector and community groups on research.

Dr Jupp was awarded a BA English and French, Joint Hons, at the University of Oxford, an MA Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, London, and a PhD Human Geography from The Open University. Her thesis was entitled ‘Making Public Space, Community Groups and Local Participation in Stoke-on-Trent’, supervised by Professor Doreen Massey and Professor Gillian Rose.   

Research interests

Dr Jupp’s research concerns shifting relations between social policy frameworks and citizens, with a focus on two areas:

  • modes of collective action and citizenship within disadvantaged urban communities, including activism, community action and experiments in collective provisioning and sharing
  • how families, children and young people interact with welfare systems, with a focus on early childhood 

She has overarching interests in gender and feminist theory, and how matters of care, emotions, space and embodiment can be considered in relation to the welfare state. These themes have been explored in two recent books: Emotional States: sites and spaces of affective governance (Routledge, 2017, eds Jupp, Pykett, Smith) and The New Politics of Home: housing, gender and care in times of crisis (Policy Press, 2019, Jupp, Bowlby, Franklin and Hall). Her monograph entitled Care, Crisis and Activism (forthcoming, Bristol University Press, 2022) will draw together research on austerity, everyday lives and community action from the past ten years. 

Research projects have focused on the geographies of Sure Start Children’s Centres (2010-12); localism and urban policy (2011-13); ‘home’ and the welfare state (2013-15, ESRC funded seminar series, PI), and austerity, children’s services and voluntary action in Medway and Oxfordshire (2015-2017, funded by the University of Kent Social Sciences Faculty Research Fund). 

She was recently awarded a Political Economy Research Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation for a project entitled ‘Gifting and sharing in a context of crisis: New infrastructures of solidarity between strangers?' which will be undertaken 2021-22.


Dr Jupp is on research leave 2021-22 but normally teaches undergraduate modules on social policy and sociology including: 

  • SA312 The Politics of Social Policy
  • SO749 Social Policy and Everyday Lives 
  • SO759 The Sociology of Urban Life
  • SO753 The Sociology of Emotions


  • Jellina Davies (2016-18) ‘Housing professionals and the implementation of the benefit cap policy in London’
  • David Dobraszczyk (2017-21) ‘Raising the participation age: extending educational participation’ 
  • Elise Wynkoop (2019-) ‘Working with Young People Referred Through Police and Courts: Space and Risk Assessment’ 
  • Amy Clark (2020-) ‘Care in and as feminist activism’ 

Dr Jupp is interested in hearing from potential PhD students in any of the following areas: urban and neighbourhood policy and practice, activism, community action and volunteering, emotions and identities in welfare governance, austerity, childhood and family services.


Dr Jupp is on the Editorial Board of Local Government Studies and a regular reviewer for a range of journals and funding bodies. She sat on the advisory board for a Wellcome Trust funded project New Parenting and Urban Austerity (PI Dr Jennie Middleton, 2017-19).


  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
  • Member, Social Policy Association


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