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Professor of Comparative Public Policy, University of Warwick

Noel Whiteside is Professor of Comparative Public Policy. She is a contemporary historian of social and public policy development with specific interests in labour markets and constructions of social dependency in comparative (European) perspective. Current research projects include:

- the impact of financial crisis on pensions and pension policies (funded by the European Commission under Framework 7 - GUSTO).

Noel Whiteside has been a visiting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), the Ecole Normale Superieur at Cachan (Paris), the universities of Sydney and Macquarie (Australia) and, most recently, at Columbia University's Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall (Paris) in 2005-6. She was appointed Zurich Financial Services Fellow in 2000 and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society the following year. She sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Nordforsk programme on Nordic Excellence in Welfare Research (2008-12).

Recent books include Pension Futures in the Twenty-first Century: Redrawing the Public-Private Divide (2003 & 2005), Britain's Pensions Crisis: history and policy (2006), and Transforming European Employment Policy: labour market transitions and the promotion of capability (2011).

She teaches on undergraduate modules Social Welfare in Britain and Creating Social Europe; and convenes MA module Restructuring Welfare States: European perspectives.


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    Professor of Comparative Public Policy, University of Warwick