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Professor of Public Policy, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Irene Hardill is Professor of Public Policy, Northumbria University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a member of the Academy’s Nominations Committee, and a member of the Capability Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)..

Over the years her research has explored the changing world of work through the many meanings of work, paid work, unpaid work in the home and in the community. She has explored what moves people to volunteer and the changing roles and responsibilities of voluntary and community sector organisations in the mixed economy of welfare. She has held a number of ESRC grants, and managed projects from other sponsors including the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, and the French Government. Recent publications include an edited book on lifecourse methods, co-edited with Dr Nancy Worth: Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences (Bristol, Policy Press) and a co-authored Enterprising Care: Unpaid Voluntary Action in the 21st century with Professor Sue Baines. This was also published by. Policy Press, Bristol


  • –present
    Professor of Public Policy, Northumbria University, Newcastle