Former Government advisor to the Treasury, Professor Paul Gregg, has recently joined the University’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences.
He takes on the new strategic role of Professor of Economic and Social Policy.
Professor Gregg’s work focuses on youth unemployment, workless households, child poverty, intergenerational mobility and drivers of social disadvantage.
He said: “I came to Bath because I wanted to be working with, and engaged with people interested in like-minded areas, but not always coming from a single disciplinary background.
“The role offered the chance to develop an interdisciplinary approach to social policy.
“The Social & Policy Sciences Department at Bath is a great platform to link lots of areas to address major policy and potentially start developing new degrees (both undergraduate and post-graduate) and professional development courses around public administration and public affairs. I am really looking forward to it.”
Professor Gregg was recently appointed to a CBI steering group on Getting the UK Working, and a commission on youth unemployment run by AVECO and headed by David Miliband MP.
He completed a review of Personalised Support and Conditionality in the Welfare System for the UK Department of Work and Pensions in 2009.
He was formally a member of the Council of Economic Advisors at HM Treasury 1997-2006, where he worked on unemployment, welfare reform and child poverty.
Professor Gregg also heads the large ESRC funded multi-disciplinary project "An examination of the impact of family socio-economic status on outcomes in late childhood and adolescence."
This project seeks to bring together a team derived from medical, psychiatric and social science backgrounds to explore the wealth of medical, behavioural, educational and socio-economic data being generated for a birth cohort of school age children.
Professor Gregg joins Bath from the University of Bristol where he was Professor of Economics.
He is one of 12 leading academics set to join the University as part of a strategic investment in research and teaching excellence across all faculties and disciplines.