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Professor of Social Policy, University of York

My research interests come together around two main themes. First, a critical engagement with the notion of social citizenship, especially in relation to welfare rights and responsibilities and social inclusion/exclusion and second, the impact of international migration on welfare states and migrants' rights.

I lead a major five year ESRC funded project on welfare conditionality which brings together teams of researchers working in six English and Scottish Universities i.e. University of York, University of Salford, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow.

Central to this work is a desire to inform policy and practice through the establishment of an original and comprehensive evidence base on the efficacy and ethicality of conditionality across a range of social policy fields and diverse groups of welfare service users.

I am also currently working with colleagues at the University of Salford on a FiMT funded project exploring military veterans experiences of the UK social security system.


  • –present
    Professor of Social Policy, University of York


Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences