I am Research Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.
I chaired the British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy Programme (2010/2011) and am Chair of the REF Social Work and Social Policy and Administration panel 2011-15, a Fellow of the British Academy, a Founding Academician at the Academy of Social Sciences and, previously, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Sociology and Social Policy Section.
I participated in the Prime Minister’s No 10 ‘progressive consensus’ Round Table and advised the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit between 2009 and 2010.
I joined the University of Kent in 1979 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. I became Professor of Social Policy in 1990. I started my lecturing career at the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Social Administration.
I’ve written 23 books, 120 articles and 95 chapters, and given more than 100 keynote presentations at international conferences.
I am now experimenting in expressing social policy ideas in novels such as 'The Baby Auction'.
Major grants include:
- Our Children’s’ Europe, 2015-18, a NORFACE project led from Kent, 1.5m Euro. The project links together teams in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and the UK, carrying out innovative research into people’s attitudes to the welfare state and how it will develop, using Democratic Forums and Focus Groups.
- INSPIRES (Resilience, unemployment and young people), an EU FPV project, led from Erasmus, Rotterdam, Euro 220,000. Inspires conducts co-ordinated research in 12 countries on policy responses to unemployment among vulnerable groups and compares the success of different initiatives.
- Social Contexts and Responses to Risk, an ESRC Priority Network, 2003-2008, £2.8m. The Network links together research projects in 12 universities which examine how people perceive and respond to risks. The research is multi-disciplinary and the team includes sociologists, economists, psychologists and experts in social policy, socio-legal studies and media.
- Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change, an EU FPV project, 2001-5, 1.1m euros. This project, directed from Kent, examines how European social policy responds to the challenges of population ageing, labour market change and ideological shifts against the welfare state.
- Economic Beliefs and Behaviour, an ESRC Research Programme, 1994-9, £1.5m. EBB is a multi-disciplinary research programme involving economists, psychologists, sociologists, social policy experts and other social scientists. The research investigated the relationship between people’s understanding of economic and material issues and their behaviour. It was conducted in 17 university departments and research institutes in the U.K. and in collaboration with visiting experts from Europe and America.
Plus 42 smaller grants to a total value of £6.2m, £4.5m from ESRC.
Major recent publications
Major recent publications include:
- The Baby Auction, Canterbury: Conrad Press, 2016
- The Double Crisis of the Welfare State and What We Can Do About It, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2013.
- New Paradigms in Public Policy, (ed.) Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013.
- A Left Trilemma: progressive public policy in an age of austerity, Policy Network, London, 2012.
- Squaring the Spending Circle, British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Reframing Social Citizenship, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009, tr. Chinese 2011, Chu Liu Book Company.
- Welfare States under Pressure, (revised edition, tr. Chinese) Song-Hui, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006.
- Risk in Social Science, (ed., and Jens Zinn), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006, tr. Chinese, 2011, Chu Liu Book Company.
- Learning about Risk, (ed., and Jens Zinn) Forum Qualitative Research (FQS 1/2006).
- Ideas and Welfare State Reform in Western Europe (ed.) London, Palgrave, 2005.
- New Risks, New Welfare: The Transformation of the European Welfare State, (ed.) Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004, Chinese translation, 2009, Chu Liu Book Company.
I completed my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, my M.Phil and Diploma in Social Administration at the University of York and my BA in Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Bristol.
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My main interests are in current developments in the welfare state: the cuts and welfare state restructuring, the social divisions association with inequality and the struggles over multiculturalism. I have further interests in cross-disciplinary work on risk, comparative cross-national work on European social policy and work on theoretical developments in social policy. I believe that careful, theoretically-founded qualitative and quantitative empirical research is essential to make progress in all these areas. I am greatly concerned about the damage the current austerity programme does to the welfare state.
- 2015-18 NORFACE Our Children's Europe, Norface Euro 1.5m, 496,000 to Kent
- 2013-17 INSPIRES (Resilience, unemployment and young people), EU Euro 220,000
- 2012-16 ‘Public good and private schooling’, Llakes Centre, Institute of Education, ESRC, £26,500
- 2012 'Identity and economic inequality’, GO-Science, Foresight Review, £6,000
- 2012 ‘Risk Perception and Behaviour: what we know and what we need to know’, ESRC, £15,000 (with Mario Weick and Dominic Abrams)
- 2011-13 ‘Social Cohesion at the Cross-Roads’ Leverhulme Trust Major Fellowship, £40,826
- 2011-12 ‘Nudge and Public Policy’, Chair, British Academy Public Policy Research Programme.
- 2009-12 ‘New Paradigms in Public Policy’, Chair of British Academy Public Policy Research programme, £40,000
- 2009-10 ‘Social Inequality: the way forward’, Public Services Trust 2020 programme, £5,000
- 2009 ‘The Psychology of Behaviour’, Lloyds, £4,000
- 2009-10 ‘Trust and Confidence in Pensions’, DWP, £15,280 (with Professor Vickerstaff and Drs Loretto and Harrison).
- 2008-09 ‘Managing Risks in a Changing Society: Director’s Fellowship’, ESRC, £60,703
- 2006-08 ‘Institutional Trust and Health Care Reform’, ESRC, £97,588.
- 2006-09 ‘Sustainable Welfare and Sustainable Growth’, Anglo-German Foundation, £75,000.
- 2006-07 ‘Analysis in External Aid – Consultancy’, Research and Development contract 88-092637, EC.
- 2006-07 ‘Testing the Risk Society Hypothesis’ ESRC, £67,347 (with Dr Cebulla, Natcen)
- 2005 East Asian Social Policy Conference, Daiwa Foundation and Social Policy Association, £2,250.
- 2004 Advice on preparation for the next RAE, University of Stirling, £500.
- 2003-08 'Social Contexts and Responses to Risk', ESRC Research Programme, £2,714,076.
- 2003-4 ‘Trust in Pensions’, The Actuarial Profession, £15,000.
- 2003 'Resourcing the Welfare State', Consultancy to develop a proposal for an ESRC programme, £1,550.
- 2003 Advice on preparation for the next RAE, University of Bath, £500.
- 2002 Advice on preparation for the next RAE, University of Bangor, £500.
- 2002-04 'Active Citizenship', Nordic Research Council: UK consultant, 2,000 Euros.
- 2001-04 ‘Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change’, Coordination and UK research, EC FPV, 749,855 Euros.
- 2001-02 ‘The Assessment of Asymmetric Threat’, Frank Furedi and Peter Taylor-Gooby, Qinetiq, £15,348.
- 2001-03 Evaluation of ESRC Risk and Human Behaviour Research Programme, ESRC, £20,000.
- 2001-03 ‘Public Policy: Knowledge, Understanding and Attitudes’, ESRC, £74,454.
- 1999-00 ‘Welfare States under Pressure’, ESRC, £18,010.
- 1998 ‘Economic Beliefs and Behaviour: Programme Director’, ESRC, £13,272.
- 1996-98 ‘Public or Private? Dental Practitioners’ Beliefs, Values and Practice’, Professors Calnan and Taylor-Gooby and Dr Manley, NHS Executive South Thames, £78,292.
- 1994-98 ‘Economic Beliefs and Behaviour: Programme Director’, ESRC, £265,410.
- 1994-96 ‘Squaring the Welfare Circle in Denmark’, Commission of the European Communities, DG V, 8,040 ECU.
- 1994-96 ‘Squaring the Welfare Circle in the Netherlands’, COSZ, agency of the Dutch Ministry of Welfare, £6,000.
- 1993-96 ‘Squaring the Welfare Circle: the Political Limits to Social Policy Growth in Europe’, ESRC, £90,660.
- 1993-94 ‘Squaring the Welfare Circle in Germany’, Anglo German Foundation, £3,000.
- 1994 ‘Attitudes to Welfare - Issues of Interest to DSS’, Department of Social Security, £3,000.
- 1993 ‘Squaring the Welfare Circle in Europe’. University of Kent, £2,808.
- 1993 ‘Charities in Recession’, Charities Aid Foundation, £500.
- 1992 ‘Attitudes to Charitable Giving’, Charities Aid Foundation, £2,663.
- 1990 ‘Social Change and Social Welfare’, Social Science Research Fellowship, Nuffield Foundation, £4,323.
- 1989-91 ‘Dependency Culture: the Image and Reality of the Claiming Experience’, ESRC, £44,503.
- 1989-90 UK consultant to: ‘Structural Economic Change East and West - Adapting to Changing Work and Income Opportunities’, Professor Gottlieb, Free University of Berlin, Daimler-Benz Foundation.
- 1989-90 ‘Economic Change, Urban Revival and Social Polarisation: London Compared to New York’, Ian Gordon, University of Reading, Mike Harloe, University of Essex and Peter Taylor-Gooby. ESRC, £25,000.
- 1988-89 Consultant to DHSS project on ‘Consumer Perceptions of the Transition to Income Support’.
- 1987-88 ‘The Statutory Sick Pay Scheme and Occupational Welfare’, Nuffield Foundation, £19,737.
- 1986-87 ‘Politician's Opinions, Party and Public Opinion’, Monument Trust, £2,430.
- 1986-on Consultant on welfare to the annual British Social Attitudes surveys and the International Social Survey. ESRC research intern to 1987 survey. Commissioned to write chapters for annual reports and books.
- 1986 ‘The Provision of Occupational Welfare’, Nuffield Foundation, £2,400.
- 1985-87 ‘A Study of Politicians' Attitudes to Welfare’, ESRC, £30,080.
- 1985-87 ‘Restructuring in a Service Economy: the case of Thanet’ (Ian Gordon, Chris Pickvance, Nick Buck and Peter Taylor-Gooby), ESRC, £55,370 plus linked studentship.
- 1985-87 Consultant on attitude research to the ‘Anglo-Hungarian Study of Attitudes to Welfare Policy’, directed by B.Deacon of Plymouth Polytechnic, ESRC, £29,528.
- 1985 Consultant on ‘Consumption’ to BBC Television's Domesday Disc project.
- 1983-85 ‘A Study of Ambivalence in Public Opinion about State Welfare’, ESRC, £68,800 plus linked studentship.
- 1983 Consultant: questionnaire design LWTV Breadline Britain series.
- 1980-82 ‘A Study of Opinions on the Role of the State in Welfare’, ESRC, £20,748 plus linked studentship
I welcome research students in social policy with special interests in current developments in the welfare state: the cuts and welfare state restructuring, the social divisions associated with inequality and the struggles over multiculturalism. I have further interests in cross-cutting interdisciplinary work on risk and in comparative and European social policy. If you have a proposal in these areas and want to study at the University of Kent, please email me to discuss further.
My teaching is mainly supervision of research students (see my research tab). Two of my ex-research students hold chairs at Russell Group universities and one at a leading European university. The thesis titles of recent successful students give an idea of the range of areas of interest:
- The Pressures for and Limits to Pension Reform in Greece and Turkey
- Social Security, Social Control and the Tribunal Process
- The Ideology of Entitlement - Public Opinion, Social Division and Social Security
- Women in the Labour Market and the Family: Policies in Greece and Germany
- The Politics of Pension and Health Care Reform in Korea, 1975-2002.
Honours and awards
- OBE, Services to Social Science, July 2012.
- AcSS Annual Lecture ‘The State of Social Science: only itself to blame’, London, July 5 2012.
- Keynote, Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy 14 October 2011, Cyprus.
- Chair, British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy programme, 2010-11.
- Invited Guest, Spending Review meeting on Social Security with Chief Secretary to the Treasury, July 19, 2010.
- Elected Fellow of British Academy, 2009.
- Invited Special Guest Korean Institute of Health and Social Administration International Symposium, May 27-8, 2009.
- Invited Guest, Roundtable discussion of ‘Where now for the progressive consensus?’ with Prime Minister and Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, No 10 Downing Street, March 17, 2009
- Distinguished Visitor, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, sponsored by the Central Policy Unit as a Special Advisor, 2008-9
- Elected President, Sociology and Social Policy Section, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005-6.
- Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, 2005.
- Elected Founding Academician ALSiSS, 2001.
- Chair REF Social Work and Social Policy and Administration panel 2011-15.
- Invited Chair, Inside Government Westminster Conference on Welfare Reform to be addressed by the Chief Executives of the DWP Universal Credit Programme, Shelter, Job Centre Plus, the National Children’s Bureau, The Centre for Welfare Reform, and others, 7 June 2011.
- Chair BA Nudge Programme 2011-12
- Social Science Judge Fulbright Young Researcher Award, 2011.
- Member Government Office for Science Review of DWP 2011
- Board member, Blackett Review of High Impact Low Probability risks, chaired by Sir John Beddington for the Cabinet Office, September-December 2010.
- Appointed to BA Public Policy Fellows Group, June 2010 onwards.
- Guest lecturer at BA Researching Government course, Sunningdale, March 2010.
- Appointed to RSA 2020 Public Services Programme Management Group 2010-11.
- Invited Assessor Norwegian Research Council and Hong Kong Research Council 2010 onwards.
- Appointed to ESRC College of Assessors 2010.
- Appointed to ESRC Postgraduate Training Scheme Assessment College 2010.
- Appointed to HEFCE REF Impact Pilot Evaluation Panel, 2010.
- President of Finland’s Lecture (Mauno Koivosto), Universities of Turku, 23 September 2009.
- Academic Consultant, National School for Social Care Research, National Institute for Health Research 2008-9.
- Consultant on Attitudes to Social Welfare and invited annual chapter author, British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983 onwards.
- External Member, TQA Committee and Academic Planning and Resources Committee, Department of Social Policy, LSE, 2002-4.
Seventy-three articles in non-refereed journals including Guardian Newspaper, Times Higher Educational Supplement, The Listener, New Society, New Statesman and Society, Social Policy Association Newsletter, Social Work Today, Community Care, Poverty, New Socialist, New Manchester Review, Municipal Journal, Rehabilitation Network and Kent Bulletin.
- Editor special issue of Social Policy and Administration on 'Resilience and Convergence' also to be published as a Macmillan book, 2003-04.
- Editor of the series: Globalisation and Welfare, Edward Elgar publishers 1999-2005.
- Invited Editor for the first issue of the Social Policy Association Journal, Social Policy and Society, April, 2001.
- Editorial Board member, Social Politics, 1996 on
- Editorial Board member, Journal of East Asian Social Policy, 2005 on.
- Editorial Board member, Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 2007 on.
- Editorial Board member Social Policy and Administration, 2000-2005.
- Editorial Board member Comparative Studies in Political Economy and Social Policy, University of Toronto Press, 1994-2005.
- Editorial Board member Voluntas: an International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organisations. 1988 -1992.
- Editorial Board member Journal of Social Policy, 1983-86.
- Editorial Board member Critical Social Policy 1980-85.
- External Assessor, Chair in Sociology, University of Sussex, December, 1995.
- Assessor, Recognition of Distinction in Social Studies, University of Oxford, February 2000.
- External Assessor, Readership in Social Policy, Warwick University, November 1995.
- Referee for: Benefits, British Journal of Sociology, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Comparative Political Studies, Environment and Planning, European Journal of Risk Research,
Journal of Social Policy, European Societies, European Sociological Review, Fiscal Studies, Government and Opposition, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Risk Research, Journal of Social
Policy, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Political Quarterly, Political Studies, Public Administration, Scandinavian Political Studies, Social and Economic Administration, Social Policy
and Society, Social Research Methodology, Sociological Research Online, Theory and Practice, Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, Sociological Review.
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