Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


I joined SSPSSR as a Lecturer in Social Policy in August 2015. Prior to this I held teaching and research positions at the Open University, University of Reading and Oxford Brookes University. My teaching and research interests straddle social policy and urban social geography. Before undertaking my PhD I worked in policy and practice in the voluntary sector, working on issues of neighbourhood regeneration and social exclusion.

PhD Human Geography, thesis ‘Making Public Space, Community Groups and Local Participation in Stoke-on-Trent’, The Open University
MA Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London
BA English and French, Joint Hons, University of Oxford

Contact Information


Room Gillingham 3-07
Gillingham Building
University of Kent
Chatham Maritime
Kent ME4 4AG

My office hours are Mondays 14.00-16.00; other times by appointment

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Jupp, E. (2017). Home space, gender and activism: The visible and the invisible in austere times. Critical Social Policy [Online] 37:26101831769321. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2016). Families, policy and place in times of austerity. Area [Online] 49:266-272. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2014). Women, communities, neighbourhoods: approaching gender and feminism in UK urban policy. Antipode [Online] 46:1304-1322. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2013). "I feel more at home here than in my own community": approaching the emotional geographies of neighbourhood policy. Critical Social Policy [Online] 33:532-553. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2013). Enacting parenting policy? The hybrid spaces of Sure Start Children's Centres. Children's Geographies [Online] 11:173-187. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2012). Rethinking local activism: cultivating the capacities of neighbourhood organising. Urban Studies [Online] 49:3027-3044. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2008). The feeling of participation: everyday spaces and urban change. Geoforum [Online] 39:331-343. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2007). Participation, local knowledge and empowerment: researching public spaces with young people. Environment and Planning A [Online] 39:2832-2844. Available at:
Book section
Jupp, E. (2017). Troubling Feelings in Family Policy. in: Jupp, E., Pykett, J. and Smith, F. M. eds. Emotional States: sites and spaces of affective governance. Routledge, pp. 144-158. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2012). Parenting policy and the geographies of friendship: Encounters in a Sure Start Children's Centre. in: Kraftl, P., Horton, J. and Tucker, F. eds. Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth: policy and practice. Bristol: Policy Press, University of Bristol. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2010). Public and private on the housing estate: small community groups, activism and local officials. in: Mahoney, N., Newman, J. and Barnett, C. eds. Rethinking the Public: Innovations in Research, Theory and Politics. Bristol: Policy Press, University of Bristol. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Jupp, E. (2015). Emotions in social policy and governance.
Jupp, E. (2014). Geographies of home and family life in social policy. in: Family Geographies.
Jupp, E. (2013). Approaching the caringscapes of parenting and play for young children.
Jupp, E. (2013). Approaching the emotional geographies of social policy. in: Centre for Identities, Citzenship and Governance forum on Affective Practices and the making of Publics.. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2012). The hybrid spaces of Sure Start Children's Centres. in: Seminar to Children and Young People research group.
Jupp, E. (2012). Enlivened geographies of neighbourhood policy? in: Invited seminar to OpenSpace Research Centre.
Jupp, E. (2011). Reworking community? The pasts and futures of neighbourhood workers. in: ESRC seminar series final event: Feminsim and Futurity.
Jupp, E. (2010). Emergent publics: negotiating spaces of citizenship on the housing estate. in: National formations of Citizenship Exchange Workshop.
Edited book
Jupp, E., Pykett, J. and Smith, F. (2016). Emotional States: sites and spaces of affective governance. Routledge.
Edited journal
Jupp, E. and Franklin, J. eds. (2017). The New Politics of Home. Critical Social Policy [Online] 37. Available at:
Jupp, E. and gallagher, A. (2013). New geographies of parenting, policy and place Jupp, E. and Gallagher, A. eds. Children's Geographies [Online] 11:155-159. Available at:
Jupp, E. and inch, A. (2012). Planning as Profession in Uncertain Times Jupp, E. and Inch, A. eds. Town Planning Review [Online] 83:505-512. Available at:
Jupp, E. (2015). Book review: Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban. Urban Studies [Online] 52:2498-2500. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 24 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My research concerns shifting relations between social policy frameworks and citizens, with a focus on marginalised urban neighbourhoods, in two areas:

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

My research draws particularly on feminist theory and frameworks to bring issues of care, emotions, identities and the embodied interactions of everyday life into view within social policy governance. This was explored in my recent book , Emotional States: sites and spaces of affective governance (Jupp, Pykett and Smith, 2017, Routledge), and will be further developed in relation to ‘home’ in a forthcoming book Home In Times of Crisis (Jupp, Bowlby and Franklin, forthcoming), which draws on an ESRC seminar series for which I was PI (see

My current research is focusing on austerity and service cuts, and how communities respond. I have recently been exploring this in relation to Sure Start Children’s Centres in Medway and Oxfordshire, funded by a Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant.

I am 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.

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I currently convene and teach the following modules:

  • SA550 Principles and Practice of Social Policy
  • SA551 Key Welfare Issues
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Save our Sure Starts animation

Sure Start Children’s Centres were set up under the Labour government (1997-2010) to provide neighbourhood spaces for children under five and their parents. They have been a particular victim of austerity cuts, with nearly 1,000 centres closing in England and Wales since 2010. During 2017, I undertook research on Sure Start Children’s Centre closures in two local authority areas, looking at the political decision-making surrounding closures, and also how communities respond. In Medway, Kent, I interviewed mothers who came forward when centres were under threat of closure in 2017 to tell their ‘stories’ about the importance of the centres in their lives. These stories were concerned with the often hidden aspects of motherhood – isolation, loneliness, and mental and physical health.

This animation was made in order to make some of these hidden stories visible to a wider audience and to show the importance of the centres, especially in supporting mothers, at a time when the centres are under threat nationally. The animation was made via the Digital Media Hub at the University of Kent, by two students on the BA Digital Arts programme, Eleana Gabriel and Yee Hui Wong. The research was funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

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

Last Updated: 28/06/2018