Members of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy
Our members are mainly located within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, although we welcome members from across the University of Bath.
Our members all have an interest in researching matter related to the analysis of social policy.
Rachel Forrester-Jones is a Professor of Social Policy and Director of CASP. Rachel's research scans the life course of people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues, from early transitions to death and bereavement. Her current work focusses on older family carers as well as the impact of austerity on the lives of people with learning disabilities. Rachel has published widely, been successful in grant applications (over £9m) and continues to provide consultancy to local authorities, charities and NGOs.
Baljit is in the Professional Doctorate programme at the Institute of Policy Research. She joined CASP early this year. She is focusing on the impact of competitive tendering policies on violence against women and girls in the UK. The theme intersects with gender equality, disproportionality impacting BME women and concepts regarding social justice and social value.
Louise is a Professor of International Social Work & Innovation at the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Her research has global reach and focuses on social innovation, internationals models of child protection and the cultural adaptation and implementation of interventions as they transfer between countries. Recent streams of work include scaling up digital healthcare interventions in Africa and promoting innovative community-based social distancing strategies in townships in South Africa.
Emma is a political sociologist who researches the relationship between state, society and policy. Her work is comparative and transnational, and she is currently investigating the implications of digital statehood and the use of digital and algorithmic tools as governing practices. She continues her long-standing work on how migration governance shapes social relations and political economy in and beyond Europe.
Melanie is a Lecturer in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences and is a demographer and social statistician working on issues affecting low- and middle-income countries. Her main research interests include menstrual hygiene management, son preference, fertility transition, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women, and gender statistics. Melanie has expertise in the demography of both Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on Nepal and South Asia.
Aurelie is an economist and lecturer in Global Political Economy at the University of Bath. Her expertise is on group behaviour in socio-ecological interactions. Research interests relate to the understanding and measurement of herd-behaviour and social norms, their impact on individual decision-making, well-being and resource entitlements. Her current research projects evolve around sustainable earnings, group inequality mapping, and cross-disciplinary approaches to climate justice.
Lynn is a Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath and a CASP research associate since 2012. Her research draws on sociological and economic theories to deepen our understanding of how policies in affluent societies shape inequalities in paid and unpaid work not just between women and men, but also among them. She is currently PI on a European Research Council grant (2016-2022) investigating these dynamics at the individual, couple, and organisational levels in Finland, Germany and the UK.
Joe was appointed Head of Department for Social & Policy Sciences in 2013 and he is a Professor of Global Development with an overall interest in the dynamics of social change and the politics of development processes in South Asia. His other research interests are in extreme poverty, vulnerability, and inequality; patronage, clientelism and poor people’s politics; civil society and NGOs; and International development policy and management among others.
Matt has been a member of CASP since 2012 and served as CASP’s deputy director from 2013-2017. He leads the programme of research on widening participation in higher education at the Institute for Policy Research. Additional areas of expertise include the causal effects of education on an individual’s socio-economic outcomes, their health and their children’s outcomes; the impact of health conditions on later socio-economic outcomes; and relationships between education, crime and the labour market.
Ana is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Reader at the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Ana is a critical theorist, political sociologist and scholar activist. Her research interests are in social movements, critical sociology and theory, Bloch’s philosophy, open Marxism, feminism, decolonial horizons and contemporary forms of utopia. Ana has created a new transdisciplinary research field: ‘the Global Politics of Hope’, the focus of which is the contradictory processes of transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively.
Jeremy is a Senior Lecturer in social work at the University of Bath and became a member of CASP in 2012. His work centres on the views of people who use mental health services and their carers. He also focusses on the management of risk and uncertainty within mental health services and adult social care. He is currently working on projects looking at how social workers manage adult safeguarding risks and safeguarding responses for people with dementia.
Anna is a Professor of Public Health and the Director of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath. She is a global leader in research on the commercial determinants of health, particularly in relation to the tobacco industry, which has been internationally recognised. Anna’s team launched Tobacco Tactics to conduct rigorous research on the tobacco industry and its practices.
Jennifer is a lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Bath. Jennifer has worked for various international organizations on research-related tasks, including for the World Bank, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation and the Overseas Development Institute. Jennifer's research focuses on applied development microeconomics and in particular on topics in intra-household resource allocation and the economics of gender.
Mark is a Non-executive Board Member of The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Board and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mark has had an extensive career in the public sector, having served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and CEO of West Sussex County Council. Mark is also a Visiting Professor in Public Policy at Canterbury Christ Church University and a senior fellow at the University's Centre for European Studies.
Caroline is a Lecturer at the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Caroline worked in both mental health and children and family social work teams for several years in South London. She qualified as a Social Work Practice Educator and an Approved Mental Health Social Worker. Her research interests are in climate change, children’s communications, attachment theory and the relationship between people and nature among many others.
Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics. Jonathan completed his PhD at the University of Essex in 2011. Prior to joining the University of Bath, he held a post-doctoral position as a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Italy. Jonathan's research interests are in the field of applied microeconomics, with a focus on applied policy orientated research.
Rana has been a senior lecturer in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences since 2009. Her main research interests are the social policies and welfare systems of the Middle East and North Africa region, with particular emphasis on the Arab and Muslim populations there. Interests also include welfare theory and ethics; religion and social welfare action and social movement. Current projects include looking at conflict and peace building in the MENA region.
Yvonne is a Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Yvonne has undertaken a significant programme of work on: the rehabilitative potential of prisons and the commissioning, planning and design of prisons in England and Wales, Scotland, Norway and Denark, and the 'lived experience' of prison architecture for prisoners, prison staff, prison visitors, neighbours and other stakeholder groups in those jurisdictions. In addition to this empirical research, she has done extensive consultancy and advisory work on prison planning and design.
Ricky is Assistant Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Social Sciences at the University of Bath. His principal research interests are in ageing, social mobility and health. Current research involves analysing the effect of state pension age reforms on individual’s retirement expectations and also understanding the effects of testosterone on labour market dynamics. Ricky has contributed to multiple reports released by UK government departments and international organisations such as the OECD.
Hugh is a Professor of Education and Political Economy at the University of Bath. Hugh is Director of The Institute for Policy research (IPR) and a fellow at the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). His work focuses on the relationship between education and the economy. Since 2005 he has given keynote presentations in over 17 countries, including World Bank in Washington, International Labour Office in Geneva, European Commission in Brussels.
Peter has been a lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences since 2016. His research explores the connections between human rights, transitional justice, and memory. Also concerned with the intersections of environmental issues with these fields. Current projects include exploring the opportunities and challenges in the delivery of genocide education, particularly through arts methodologies and a new book that explores the life trajectories and meaning making practices among ex-combatants after Cambodia's civil war.
Jane is a Professor of Social Policy in the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. Her research interests include the design, implementation and impact of social policy and comparative research on family policy, social security and employment policy, with particular reference to gender and changing family patterns. Her current research examines the impact of Universal Credit on couples, focusing on labour market and family budgeting.
Sarah joined the University of Bath in 2015, having previously held lectureships at Royal Holloway, University of London and Queen’s University, Belfast. Sarah’s research is concerned with how and why are certain social groups made to feel responsible for their personal safety and wellbeing? And how do late modern social institutions make themselves accessible and accountable to the public? Sarah has also twice been awarded University-wide teaching prizes, most recently in 2016 for ‘Best Supervisor’ at the University of Bath.
Piotr is a Lecturer in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Piotr’s research looks at decision-making mechanisms, especially in policy areas with important implications for public health. He is interested in how expert knowledge is generated, supplied, and utilised in the policy process. In analysing these themes, he considers complex relationships between public institutions, private economic actors, think-tanks and non-governmental organisations.
Theo is a Lecturer at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. His current theoretical and empirical work is organized across three broad research themes: Power and governance in public policy; family as a socio-economic actor in the political economy of welfare; and labour commodification, social (in)security and social reproduction. He is an expert in a variety of methodological approaches and techniques related to the comparative study of institutional design of social and public policies and their impact.
Kerry is a labour economist, working mostly in the areas of personnel economics and sports economics. He joined the University of Bath in 2011 and became a senior lecturer in 2013. Kerry is a research fellow of the IZA, Bonn and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he has been commissioned to provide research for the World Bank and the Low Pay Commission.
Kate is a doctoral researcher in Politics, Language and International Studies (POLIS). Her research interests include policy influence, emancipation, political participation, advocacy and representation. Kate’s PhD research focuses on what autistic people can do, as a group, to increase their policy influence. She proposes firstly that the potential and actual influence of marginalised groups is under-estimated and secondly that the most effective way of increasing influence is to adopt a strengths-based, collaborative approach. Her first article on designing policies for empowerment has been published in European Policy Analysis journal, and she is currently collecting data for two further, linked articles on autistic policy influence in England.
Justin's research interests are in the area of child welfare and child protection. Justin has a particular interest in the ways that children and young people in public care, are looked after by the state. This includes unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people's experiences of foster care; the experiences of sibling groups living in public care; and global responses to child welfare.
Graham is Professor of European Social Policy at the University of Bath. He joined the University in 1973 and was a member of CASP from its establishment. Recent publications and current research interests include behaviourist science and C-19, Brexit and European integration, non-linear social dynamics and complex systems.
Harry is a Professor of Global Public Health in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. He was the founder and director of the English National Obesity Observatory, and among other roles is a member of the NHS England net zero carbon expert panel and the SAGE Environmental and Modelling Group. His research particularly focuses on obesity, physical activity, environmental sustainability, and both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Tina is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath. Tina’s research is concerned with gender and marginalisation – specifically sexual violence and domestic violence, and the intersection of work, mothering and dis-ability. She is known for her research on survivors of rape and their experiences of SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centres), the police and courts. More recently she is leading a Home Office evaluation of domestic abuse services in Bath and North East Somerset, alongside a Great Wester 4 project to develop a strategic response to gender-based violence at University.
Richard is Emeritus Professor of Mental Health Research within the Department of Psychology and is also the Co-Director of the Addictions Research Group within Sangath, a major research-based NGO based in India. His research interests are in mental health, substance misuse, and the impact of such problems on other family members. His current projects include ones in India developing and researching new ways of delivering psychological interventions to people (and their families) with mental health problems.
David is a Senior Lecturer in the Department for Health studying the connections between work, health and wellbeing. His key research interests lie in the extent to which problems at work have become medicalised through the discourse of work stress; the management of medically unexplained illnesses; and extending working life and psycho-social influences on resilience and illness behaviour. His current research explores he use of behaviour change interventions in extending working life.
Andrew is a Reader in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. He has over 20 years’ experience of research in applied psychology and human factors, specialising in the Psychology of Risk. Andrew’s research interests include public understandings of risk and risk communication; stakeholder engagement techniques; and design of behaviour change interventions
Tess Ridge is Professor of Social Policy and Deputy Head of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Tess’ research on the impact of poverty in childhood has produced new theoretical insights, based on children’s lives and experiences through use of a child-centred perspective. She has helped local government to devise plans to tackle child poverty, working also with groups like the Children's Society and the Child Poverty Action Group.
Nick Gould Is Emeritus Professor of Social Work and a former Head of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. His research interests include mental health, social informatics, professional learning and methodological innovation in systematic reviewing. For many years he worked with the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health on the development of practice guidelines for health and social care. He recently collaborated with UK, German and US colleagues on a systematic review of the effectiveness of psychodynamic interventions in reducing self-harm. Since retirement from the University of Bath he has served as a specialist member of the Mental Health Tribunal.