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Professor of Social Policy, The Open University

I am interested in processes of transnationalisation and globalisation and their implications for social policy as a field of academic study and as a political practice.

I am particularly interested in how social diversity, divisions and inequalities are constructed, manifested and contested through these processes. Recent areas of interest include globalisation(s) 'from above' and 'from below', including the development of global and regional governance and its relationship to national social systems, state and non-state strategies of internationalisation, including labour migration and family formation, and the development of transnational social and advocacy networks.

I have been particularly active in developing an expanded analytical framework on global care chains analysis and global social policy (see Publications, below).


  • –present
    Professor of Social Policy, The Open University


  • 1996 
    Bristol University, Social Policy