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Professor of Social Policy, University of Salford

Lisa is Professor of Social Policy and Co-Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU). Lisa joined the University of Salford in 2006 and since then has delivered over 60 externally funded research projects. Her research focuses on social security policy and practice, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of marginalised individuals and communities. Lisa is currently leading a significant national ESRC project focusing on social security and employment support during COVID-19 and its aftermath, funded as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19. Lisa is also leading the UK’s first substantive research focusing on the experiences of military veterans within the social security system, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). Lisa is a founder member and academic lead of the Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce; an innovative research/knowledge exchange partnership with Salford City Council. Through this Taskforce she is leading a programme of research that directly supports Salford’s Anti-Poverty Strategy and Action Plan. Lisa sits on the Editorial Board for the journal Social Policy & Society and the Journal of Social Security Law.


  • –present
    Research Fellow Salford Housing and Urban Studies Unit, University of Salford