Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world



I am the Co-Director of the Kent Q-Step Centre. Please visit the Kent Q-Step website for details of the initiative and our new degree programmes.

The Teaching tab on this page gives information about my role as Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy.

For information about my other activities (research, publications and non-academic writing), please see my website.

Contact Information


Room E131
Cornwallis East
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NF

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Davis, O. and Baumberg, B. (2016). Did Food Insecurity rise across Europe after the 2008 Crisis? An analysis across welfare regimes. Social Policy and Society [Online]. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2016). The stigma of claiming benefits: a quantitative study. Journal of Social Policy [Online] 45:181-199. Available at:
Baumberg, B. and MacKerron, G. (2016). Can alcohol make you happy? A subjective wellbeing approach. Social Science & Medicine [Online] 156:184-191. Available at:
Van der Horst, M. et al. (2016). Pathways of Paid Work, Care Provision, and Volunteering in Later Careers: Activity Substitution or Extension? Work, Aging and Retirement [Online]. Available at:
Baumberg, B. and Meueleman, B. (2016). Beyond 'mythbusting': how to respond to myths and perceived undeservingness in the British benefits system. Journal of Poverty and Social Issue [Online] 24:291-306. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2015). From Impairment to Incapacity : Educational Inequalities in Disabled People's Ability to Work. Social Policy & Administration [Online] 49:182-198. Available at:
Baumberg, B., Jones, M. and Wass, V. (2015). Disability prevalence and disability-related employment gaps in the UK 1998–2012: Different trends in different surveys? Social Science and Medicine [Online] 141:72-81. Available at:
MacInnes, T. et al. (2014). Disability, long-term conditions and poverty. New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Baumberg, B. (2014). Fit-for-Work – or Work Fit for Disabled People? The Role of Changing Job Demands and Control in Incapacity Claims. Journal of Social Policy [Online] 43:289-310. Available at:
Meier, P. et al. (2013). Adjusting for unrecorded consumption in survey and per capita sales data: Quantification of impact on gender- and age-specific alcohol-attributable fractions for oral and pharyngeal cancers in Great Britain. Alcohol and Alcoholism [Online] 48:241-249. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2012). Three ways to defend social security in Britain. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice [Online] 20:149-161. Available at:
Anderson, P. et al. (2011). Communicating alcohol narratives: Creating a healthier relationship with alcohol. Journal of Health Communication [Online] 16:27-36. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2010). World trade law and a framework convention on alcohol control. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health [Online] 64:473-474. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2009). How will alcohol sales in the UK be affected if drinkers follow government guidelines? Alcohol and Alcoholism [Online] 44:523-528. Available at: .
Baumberg, B. and Anderson, P. (2008). Trade and health: how World Trade Organization(WTO) law affects alcohol and public health. Addiction [Online] 103:1952-1958. Available at:
Baumberg, B. and Anderson, P. (2008). Reassurance - but not complacency - on trade law and alcohol: A response to Österberg. Addiction [Online] 103:1959-1960. Available at:
Baumberg, B. and Anderson, P. (2008). Health, alcohol and EU law: understanding the impact of European single market law on alcohol policies. European Journal of Public Health [Online] 18:392-398. Available at: .
Baumberg, B. and Anderson, P. (2007). The European strategy on alcohol: A landmark and a lesson. Alcohol and Alcoholism [Online] 42:1-2. Available at: .
Anderson, P. and Baumberg, B. (2006). Stakeholders' views of alcohol policy. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Druges [Online] 23:393-414. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2006). The global economic burden of alcohol: A review and some suggestions. Drug and Alcohol Review [Online] 25:537-551. Available at:
Anderson, P. and Baumberg, B. (2006). Alcohol in Europe: Health, social and economic impact. Eurohealth [Online] 12:17-20. Available at:
Book section
Baumberg, B. (2014). Benefits and the cost of living: Pressures on the cost of living and attitudes to benefit claiming. in: Park, A., Bryson, C. and Curtice, J. eds. British Social Attitudes: the 31st Report. London: National Centre Socia Research.
Baumberg, B. (2011). Re-evaluating trends in the employment of disabled people in Britain. in: Vickerstaff, S., Phillipson, C. and Wilkie, R. eds. Work, health and wellbeing; The challenges of managing health at work. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 79-94.
Baumberg, B. et al. (2015). Rethinking the work capability assessment. Demos.
Baumberg, B. (2014). Addicts' share of alcohol and tobacco expenditures. Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe.
Baumberg, B. (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility. Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe : Reframing Addictions Project.
Baumberg, B., Bell, K. and Gaffney, D. (2012). Benefits stigma in Britain. Elizabeth Finn Care. Available at:
Hunt, P., Rabinovich, L. and Baumberg, B. (2011). Preliminary assessment of the economic impacts of alcohol pricing policy options in the UK. RAND Europe. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2010). Best practice in estimating the costs of alcohol – Recommendations for future studies. WHO Regional Office for Europe. Available at:
Baumberg, B. (2011). The role of increasing job strain in deteriorating fitness-for-work and rising incapacity benefit receipt. .
Research report (external)
Anderson, P. and Baumberg, B. (2010). Cost benefit analyses of alcohol policy - a primer. Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw.
Anderson, P. and Baumberg, B. (2006). Alcohol in Europe: A public health perspective London: Institute of Alcohol Studies. [Online]. European Commission (OIL), Luxembourg. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 32 [See all in KAR]


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Research Interests

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests including disability, the workplace, inequality, the benefits system, addictions policy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the relationship between evidence and policy.


My main current interests are eclectic and include:

  • the changing nature of work, how this affects people with health problems or disabilities, and the role of the benefits system;
  • new ideas for the welfare state;
  • the nature of stratification across the lifecourse;
  • the relationships between evidence, policy and critique.

I am also completing research on alcohol/addictions: the role of pleasure in alcohol policy and also whether “addictive industries” are part of the problem or the solution within the massive €9m EU 'Reframing Addictions' project (within which I am leading a work package on corporate influence).


I'm more than happy to supervise PhD or Masters students researching any of these topics. If you are interested in studying at the University of Kent, please email me to discuss this further.

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As it stands, social science undergraduates across the UK rarely have good quantitative skills (outside of Psychology or Economics) – that is, skills for interpreting or creating statistical analyses to help understand the social world. This causes problems for academia, for employers, and more broadly for having a citizenry who can critique the ever-increasing barrage of statistical information they face in their daily lives. The Nuffield Foundation, the ESRC and Hefce have therefore put nearly £20m into creating 15 'Q-Step' centres across the country, which were selected after a highly-competitive process.

Kent was one of the successful centres - and Trude Sundberg and I are Co-Directors of the initiative. Over the next five years, we – as part of our great team at Kent - will make this vision a reality, giving students new skills not just in quantitaitve methods but also in qualitative methods and wider critical thinking skills, as well as experience in applying this to the world around them. See the Kent Q-Step website for more details.

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Aside from my position at the University of Kent, I'm also attached to the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics and Political Science; the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health, and I'm an associate fellow of the Strategic Society Centre. back to top

Other roles


From 2009-2012 I was an associate editor for the journal Addiction. I've peer-reviewed for the Journal of Social Policy, Social Science & Medicine, Addiction, Alcohol & Alcoholism, Contemporary Drug Problems and Drug and Alcohol Review.

I've acted as a (nominally) paid reviewer for the UK Department of Work and Pensions, Department of Health, and the Alcohol Education & Research Council (AERC).


I co-edit the blog Inequalities.

I've also written:

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SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 12/07/2017