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  Name Title Research Interests Contact Information
Sudeepa Abeysinghe Lecturer in Global Health Policy Global Health Policy, Infectious Disease, Risk, sociology of scientific knowledge 2.25 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 6515471
Michael Adler Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow

Emily Adrion Lecturer, Global Health Policy Health policy, Health politics, Health systems, Health Insurance, Health services research, Health Financing, Health care utilisation, Health care for older adults, Health economics 3.26 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square

Khuloud Alsaba Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health, Social Inequalities and Health, War and Conflicts, Public Health and Development Policy, Public Health in Conflict, Political Economy of Violence, Political Economy and Health, Feminist Theory, Gender-based Violence, Political Change and Health in the Arab World, Interdisciplinary Research, Theories of social power. Ideological power, Theories of Social Justice, Intersectionality and Inequalities

Megan Arthur Global Health Policy, Global governance, Non-state actors, Public health, Social policy

Dena Arya Britain, youth, austerity, political studies, Participation, Scotland, inequality

07850 653 313
Majdi Ashour Health policy, Mixed methods, Public health, Gaza Strip, Health Systems Research, Households surveys, Health care seeking behaviours, Out of pocket payments, health systems in conflict affected areas, health care utilization, Epidemiology, In-depth Interviews, Life histories, Health Financing

Global Public Health Policy
Marzia Ballardin 6.16 Chrystal Macmillan Building

650 3920
Justyna Bandola-Gill Research Fellow Sociology of Knowledge, Public policy, International Organisations, Quantification, Expertise, Research use, Evidence & experts in policy, Knowledge transfer/exchange, Research impact, Policy instruments, Social Policy, child poverty, governance, Political Sociology, Sociology of development, STS, Sociology of Quantification 2.01
22 George Square

Rachel Barry Global health governance, drug governance, policy dynamics, policy coherence, lesson drawing, policy transfer and translation, low and middle income countries, Interactions between research evidence and public policy, frame theory, health policy, drug policy reform

Alzbeta Bartova

Fabio Battaglia Quality of Life, Well-being, Economic Growth and Quality of Life, The Politics and Philosophy of Wellbeing, Democracy and Social Indicators, The Philosophy of Taxation, The Philosophy of Citizenship and Statehood

Hayley Bennett Lecturer in Social Policy Contractualism, Welfare Markets, Unemployment, Labour Market, Poverty, Welfare reform politics, Welfare-to-Work, Regionalism, Third Sector, Inequality, public service reform, Public policy, Devolution and social security, Social Policy, Multi-level governance, local economic development, localism, policy implementation, social security 4f1, 18 Buccleuch Place

+44 (0)131 6511325 (currently unavailable, please email).
Alessio Bertolini welfare systems, social exclusion, Subjective well-being, Social Inequality, Labour Market, Employment policy, Work & Labour, Social Policy

Sif Beyer-Hunt Welfare states, Welfare reform politics, Centre-right parties, Populism, Radical right parties, Britain

Cara Blaisdell Children's Rights, Research methodology, Children's Participation, Research Ethics, Early childhood education and care policies, Sociology of childhood, Childhood and Youth Studies, Early childhood studies, Early intervention policy and practice

Carine Le borgne

Richard Brodie Teaching and Student Development Fellow EU external relations, European Union, just war theory, Policy, Social Policy, EU politics and policy, Evidence 2.12b Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
Eleanor Brooks Lecturer in Global Health Policy global health, Global Health Policy, Global health governance, policy tools in global health governance, european public health policy, European Union, Europeanization, European Union public policy 3.27 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44(0)131 650 4282
Morag Allan Campbell Editorial Assistant, Journal of Social Policy 4.02
21 Buccleuch Place

Tatiana Cary Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Gender and Development, Accountability, Public-private partnerships, Intersectionality and Inequalities, Feminist theory/research, Philanthropy, Governance, governance

Frank Castles Emeritus Professor of Social and Public Policy

Kevin Zapata Celestino Institutions and institutional change, conditional cash transfers, Mexican social policy, Mexican politics, poverty, Welfare reform politics, Welfare states, political elites, Social Policy, Policy change

+44 (0)737 672 3809
Chatthip Chaichakan social security, Thailand, welfare delivery

Ashlee Christoffersen Intersectionality, Equality policy, Race/ethnicity, gender, Sexuality, Practice, Third sector, feminism, reflexivity

Jochen Clasen Professor of Comparative Social Policy comparative social policy, Unemployment, Labour Market, social security, European social policy, welfare reform 2.04 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 650 9922
Daniel Clegg Senior Lecturer in Social Policy Unemployment, comparative social policy, welfare reform, welfare systems, Labour Market, European social policy, social security, Comparative Political Economy, French political economy, French politics 3.23 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 650 3998
Bronwen Cohen Honorary Professor in Social Policy Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 7793 588673
Jeff Collin Professor of Global Health Policy Global Health Policy, policy tools in global health governance, cross-border mobility of health professionals, tobacco control, tobacco control;, health impacts of population mobility and trade liberalisation 1.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 651 3961
Taya Collyer Sociology of Science, history of statistics, statistics, data management

Paul Crompton Honorary Fellow

Emma Davidson Lecturer in Social Policy and Qualitative Research Methods Qualitative Research Methods, Policy Analysis, computer assisted qualitative data analysis, Nvivo, Childhood and Youth Studies, family and personal relationships, research ethics, ethnography, community studies Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
23 Buccleuch Place
0131 651 1940
Ian Dey Honorary Fellow

Niccolo Durazzi Lecturer in Political Economy of Social Policy and Programme Director Comparative Public Policy MSc Welfare reform politics, Institutions and institutional change, Trade unions, Education policy, Skill formation 3.22 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 651 1929
Jan Eichhorn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy Subjective well-being, Political participation, Social capital, Social surveys, Multilevel analyses, Political Culture, Voting age reduction, Civic education, Economic policy, Unemployment 1.03 - 22 George Square

+44 (0)131 651 1382
Thomas Emery Labour Market, Unemployment, Social Policy, Longitudinal Analysis, Demography, Family Policy, Welfare Regimes

Bianca Luna Fabris Labour Market, politics, comparative social policy, trade unions, Radical left, Leftism

Neil Fraser Honorary Fellow

Richard Freeman Professor of Social Science and Public Policy Public policy, Social Policy, governance, Knowledge, practice 2.03
21 George Square
+44 (0)131 650 4680
Marc Grau Grau

Dominique L. Green Participation, Policy, Social capital, Inequality, USA, Quantitative Methods, statistical analysis, poverty, Social Policy

Sotiria Grek Professor in European and Global Education Governance Education governance, Education and European integration, Knowledge, Global public policy, critical social research, Europeanization, organizations and institutions, Institutions and institutional change, Policy, Sociology of Quantification, Politics of numbers, Sociology of Education, Education for Sustainable Development 2.01
22 George Square
+44 (0)131 6513 180
Dan Heap social security, welfare reform, Labour Market, Active Labour Market Policy

+44 (0)131 651 1743
Elke Heins Senior Lecturer in Social Policy comparative social policy, Labour Market Policy, unemployment insurance, fuzzy set/QCA, welfare reform, trade unions, Social Determinants of Health, Health policy, Politics of health, Europeanization, Third Sector, European social policy, well-being 2.06 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0) 131 650 4049
Mark Hellowell Senior Lecturer Health Systems, Public Private Partnerships, Innovative Health Taxes, Private Sector in Health, Managing Health Markets, Health policy, Healthcare Financing, Global Health Policy, Universal Health Coverage 3.24 Chrystal Macmillan Building

0131 6511330
Rachel Hendrick

Sarah Hill Director, Global Health Policy Unit health inequalities and the social determinants of health, tobacco and health, structural drivers of health inequities including historical and institutional discrimination, role of commercial actors in non-communicable disease epidemics 2.07 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 650 3884
Claire Houghton Gender, Violence and Families Fellow (CDF) Gender and Violence, Children's Rights, Participation, Policy-making, Feminist theory, ethics and research practices, Research impact 2.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 6511312
Christine Huebner Citizenship, Political participation, Political identities and citizenship, Youth participation, Political Culture, Quantitative Methods, methodological innovations

Kamal Dokurugu Ibrahim Children's Rights, Children and childhood, research with children, Child fostering, Child labour/Child Migration, qualitative research

+44 777 4880 353
Nikos Kanellopoulos Education governance, Educational policy discourses, Education and European integration, Europeanisation, Social Policy and the Eurozone Crisis, Critical Policy Analysis, Critical Discourse Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, Cultural Political Economy, Critical Realism

Anuj Kapilashrami Senior Lecturer in Global Health Policy; Associate Director, Global Development Academy ethnography, Health policy, South Asia, Social movements, privatisation, commercial sector engagement / trade in health policy, global governance, gender inequalities

Daniel Kenealy Lecturer British politics, Devolution and UK constitution, Scottish government and politics, UK foreign policy, European integration 2.01
21 George Square
+44 (0) 131 650 4080
Markus Ketola Senior Lecturer in Global and International Social Policy Populism, Non-governmental organisations, civil society, international social policy, Policy narratives, Northern Ireland, European Union, Turkey, Europeanization, Climate change 2.27 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
01316 511 323
Alison Koslowski Professor of Social Policy and Research Methods Labour Market, Family Policy, care, fathers and fatherhood, Gender, Parental Leaves Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square

Iryna Kushnir Europeanization, Institutions and institutional change, Policy, Ukraine, Narrative Inquiry, Higher education, Pedagogy, gender

Yi-tao Lee Children and childhood, Childhood and Youth Studies, Internet research, Children's Rights, Sociology of technology, fathers and fatherhood

Claire Leppold Global Health, Epidemiology, Mixed Methods, health inequalities and the social determinants of health, Disasters, Public health, Japan

Liliana Manzano Criminology, Crime prevention, Social exclusion and violence, Public policy, Quantitative Research, Neighborhood-effects, Multi-level modelling

Lynne Robertson-Rose Automatic Enrolment, pension policy, Behavioural Economics

Alan Marshall Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods. Director of the SPS Research Training Centre. SGSSS Associate Director (Advanced Methods Hub) Policy, Health policy, Social Determinants of Health, disability, retirement, Population ageing, Demography 2.12C (enter through 2.12A) Chrystal Macmillan Building
George Square
+44 (0)131 6511462
Clara Mascaró Disability, Work, Employment transitions, Political Economy, Labour Market Policy, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain

Leah McCabe Feminism, Scottish Devolution, domestic abuse, feminising policy, Gender & intersectionality, Policy change, critical frame analysis, women's and social movements, frame theory, Feminist institutionalism

Ewen Miller Course Administrator 1.16 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 650 3925
Mary Mitchell Participation, Child Welfare, Social Justice, Children and Young People, families

Fiona Morrison

Maggie Morrison

Julie Murugi Maternal and Neonatal Health, Quality of Care, Universal Health Coverage, Health Policy and Systems Research, Low and Middle Income Countries

Saqif Mustafa Health policy, Health systems, Public health, Global health policy, Health services, COVID-19, Health systems resilience, Health systems strengthening

Liita Naukushu

Ingela Naumann Senior Lecturer in Social Policy comparative social policy, welfare history, early childhood education and care, Education Policy, governance, religion and social policy, gender, Nordic welfare states and society, historical institutionalism 3.25 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 651 3869
Larissa Nenning Political Economy, Unemployment, Retirement, Gender, Work, Austria, Germany, Institutionalisms, Feminism

Paul Norris Dean of Quality Assurance and Curriculum Validation, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Senior Lecturer in Social Policy Criminology, Quantitative Methods, Quantitative Research, comparative social policy, Policing, Prisons, International perspectives on imprisonment 3.01 St John's Land
Holyrood Road
+44 (0)131 6503922
Harla Sara Octarra Policy Processes, Children's Services, Inter-agency work, Children's Rights

Helen Packwood Lecturer in Social Research Methods Education, Inequality, Migration studies, Social policy, Mixed methodologies, Human Geography, Population change, Child Poverty, Longitudinal Analysis, Scotland and Europe, UK 4.13 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 650 3912
Cristina Asenjo Palma Well-being, Community Development, Rights-based Approaches, Asset-based Approaches, Social Inequality, Research methods, Participation, Research Ethics

Natalie Papanastasiou

Richard Parry Honorary Fellow in Social Policy 3.06 St John's Land

+44 (0)131 651 4742
Lindsay Paterson Professor of Education Policy Sociology of Education, Scottish Politics, Quantitative Methods in Social Research, Education Policy 2.02
22 George Square


Anna Pultar Career Development Fellow (Education Policy) Education policy, inequality and social mobility, The politics of education reforms, Political ideologies and education policy discourses, Comparative Public Policy G.2
22 George Square

anna.pultar @ ed.ac.uk
Kaveri Qureshi Lecturer in Global Health Equity Health inequalities, Chronic disease, gender-based violence, Reproductive & child health, Relationship breakdown and divorce, Mental Health 2.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)1316511637
Philip Rathgeb Lecturer in Social Policy Welfare reform politics, Trade unions, Labour Market Policy, Institutions and institutional change, Radical right parties, Dynamics of capitalism Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square

Research and publications

Lynne Robertson-Rose pension policy, retirement savings behaviour, Population ageing, Behavioural responses to social and public policy (nudge effects), Ageing & equality, Housing 1.09 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 651 1585
Alex Robertson Honorary Fellow

Ewan Robertson United Kingdom, Social and Public Policy, Labour Market Policy, Economic Security, In-Work Benefits, Non-Standard Employment, Welfare Reform, Welfare States, France, European Social Policy

Sarah Rogers Child well-being, Non-resident fatherhood, Family structure, Family law and policy, Quantitative analysis of large-scale surveys, Structural equation modelling

Viona Sari Policy Processes, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Infectious Disease, Global Health Policy, Politics of Global Health, Global Health Governance, Indonesia, Policy Actors

Evan Shirley Pharmaceutical policy, Pharmaceuticals, Supply Chains, Operations Research and Management Science, Game Theory, Health systems, Public health challenges in developing countries

Vicente Silva Work & Labour, Comparative Social Policy, Global Political Economy, , International Organisations, Class and social stratification, Qualitative research methods

Adrian Sinfield Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and University Fellow

Kat Smith Professor of Public Health Policy & Director of Research (SSPS) Policy construction, Sociology of Knowledge, Knowledge transfer/exchange, Knowledge production, Health policy, Health politics, corporations and health, Public health, Evidence-based public health, Evidence & experts in policy, Social Inequality, Health inequalities, advocacy, knowledge exchange between research and policy, policy responses to health inequalities, theories of policy change, lobbying the EU 2.27 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0)131 651 1323
Catherine-Rose Stocks-Rankin Policy Processes, Knowledge transfer/exchange, Public services, Feminist ethics

Marlee Tichenor Postdoctoral Research Fellow ethnography, Humanitarian intervention, Technology and society, Health policy, International development, Medical Anthropology, Quantification, International Organisations, postcolonial science and technology studies, Senegal, Global health governance, Global Health Policy, Anthropology of Global Health 2.01
22 George Square

Valeria Skafida Senior Lecturer in Social Policy Policy, Social capital, Anthropology of food, sociology of food, food, Public health, Children and childhood, families, Social Inequality, Nutrition, Quantitative Methods, Social surveys, Longitudinal Analysis, Sociology of health and illness, Health policy, Scotland, Domestic Violence Chrystal Macmillan Building

Diego Mauricio Diaz Velásquez Health policy, Peace and conflict, Politics of health, Political Economy of Health, Macroeconomics, Health Insurance, hospitals

+447808521821 (57)3184673760
Miriam Vishniac Feminism, Gender and crime, Menstruation, Prisons, Women's Health, Health policy, Social Policy, Feminist Research, Social Justice

Sabastine Wakdok Health policy, development and global health, Global Health Policy, Corruption, Health systems, Health services, Politics of health, qualitative research, health governance, HIV/AIDS, Public policy, Health Financing, Balance of power

Fei Wang fanancial security, Financial Security, Quantitative Research, China, Gender, Elder, Poverty, Pension policy, Upward Intergenerational Transfer

Fran Wasoff Emeritus Professor of Family Policies
23 Buccleuch Place
+44 (0)131 651 1943
Sarah Weakley youth, Welfare states, transition to adulthood, poverty, Quantitative Methods, Longitudinal Data Analysis, US domestic policy, UK domestic policy

Jay Wiggan Senior Lecturer in Social Policy Labour Market Policy, Welfare reform politics, Unemployment, Critical Discourse Analysis, social security, Work, Archival Research and Document Analyses 3.07 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
+44 (0) 131 6503939
Alexandra Wright Health policy, policy implementation, Health Systems Research, Public policy, Knowledge exchange, Evidence, alcohol policy

Laura Wright Research with Children and Young People, Play, Child and Youth Studies, Children's Participation, Participatory Research Methods, Children's Rights, Youth Engagement

Runguo Wu Health Insurance, Quantitative Methods, Multilevel Modelling, Monitoring and Evaluation

Goran Zangana Health policy, Global Health Policy, Health Policy in Developing Countries, Financing, Primary Health Care, Basic Benefit Packages, User Fees

Bryce Zedalis Financial Regulation, Cultural Political Economy, Financial Fragility and Instability, US Administrative Agency Rulemaking, Energy Policy and Regulation, Influence of US (Independent) Administrative Agency Chairpersons on Regulatory Outputs, Multi-level and Multi-dimensional Rulemaking Analysis, Assemblage Theory, Object-oriented Ontology (OOO)

Xin Zhang Civil Justice, socio-legal study, Dispute Resolution, Employment law and labour policy