Jonathan Bradshaw

Professor of Social Policy, University of York

Jonathan Bradshaw took his first degree at Trinity College Dublin and came to the University of York in 1967. He obtained an MPhil in social administration in 1969 and a DPhil in 1978. He was appointed a research fellow in 1968 and lecturer in 1969. He was founding Director of the Social Policy Research Unit from 1973 to 1987 and served two terms as Head of Department 1988-1994 and 2003-2007. He also served as Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences 1994-1998. He was appointed Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 1996, Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for services to child poverty and Fellow of the British Academy in 2010. In 2011 he was made Doctor of the University of Turku, Finland (honoris causa).

Areas of expertise

Social security policy
Family policy
Poverty and living standards
Comparative social policy
Demography and social policy
Well-being of children


  • –present
    Professor of Social Policy, University of York
  • –present
    Professor of Social Policy, University of Durham