School of Social Policy academic staff

Dr Chris Allen

Dr Chris Allen

Lecturer in Social Policy

Dr Chris Allen is a Lecturer in Social Policy. He is based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham where he is the Acting Director of Undergraduate Social Policy Programmes and Programme Lead on the Policy, Politics & Economics (PPE) programme.

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Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2703
Email
c.allen.2@bham.ac.uk

Kerry Allen

Kerry Allen

Lecturer

Dr Kerry Allen is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. She is currently involved in a national study evaluating the contribution of micro-enterprises in social care. Kerry is a Fellow of the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research, and of the Higher Education Academy. 

Kerry leads undergraduate and ...

Telephone
+44(0) 121 414 7056
Email
k.allen@bham.ac.uk

Anita Blessing

Anita Blessing

Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow

Anita Blessing joined the Housing and Communities research groupin late 2015 for a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship that she applied for with Professor David Mullins. Their project Reinvest: Financing Affordable Housing Under Localism will run until early 2018. Partnerships with Housing Europe and the University of Amsterdam will help to connect the research to live policy debates and to ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8170
Email
a.blessing@bham.ac.uk

Ric Bowl

Ric Bowl

Director of Community Mental Health Programmes

Ric is the Director of Community Mental Health Programmes in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, School of Social Policy.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6688
Email
r.e.e.bowl@bham.ac.uk

Hilary Brown

Hilary Brown

Senior Fellow

Hilary Brown is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. She joined the department in August 2008 following a ten year career in the NHS and a second career in journalism and PR in the private sector. Hilary is involved in a range of teaching activities including taking a lead role for student welfare and international students within the department. She ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7055
Email
h.i.brown@bham.ac.uk

Dr Edward Brunsdon

Dr Edward Brunsdon is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy and an Associate Member of the Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) in the Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy.

Email
e.brundson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Harriet Clarke

Dr Harriet Clarke

Senior Lecturer, Social Policy and Social Research

Harriet is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Policy and lectures in social research and social policy.  She provides support to postgraduate taught students on research ethics and supervises taught course dissertations and doctoral research.

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8479
Email
h.clarke@bham.ac.uk

Mervyn Conroy

Mervyn Conroy

Senior Fellow

Merv is a qualified NHS counsellor by background and has worked in mental health services management and research. He has recently returned to HSMC after a fixed term secondment to University of Cumbria (UoC). Whilst at Cumbria he was co-designer of a blended learning Health Leadership MBA, taught on the Leadership and Sustainability MBA and was convener of a range of PG health and ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8979
Email
m.conroy@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Tarsem is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, and Programme Director for BA Years 2 and 3.  In 2011 Tarsem was awarded a Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his wide ranging and significant interventions in learning and teaching across the institution. In his work across the institution he serves on the Board of the Valuing Teaching at Birmingham initiative, the ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8184
Email
t.s.cooner@bham.ac.uk

Deborah Davidson

Deborah Davidson

Senior Fellow

Deborah’s is a Senior Fellow, Organisational Development (OD) and Leadership at the Health Services Management Centre.  Specialising in OD and developmental evaluations in the public sector, Deborah is involved in working alongside a culturally diverse range of individuals, groups, teams, and inter-agency systems to realise citizen and service user outcomes. Deborah leads HSMC’s ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3206
Email
d.c.davidson@bham.ac.uk

Kathryn Farrow

Kathryn Farrow

Lecturer in Applied Social Studies

Kathryn Farrow is programme director for the MA in Advanced Practice (Leadership and Management in Social Work/Social Care). She has responsibility for running the Leadership and Management Seminar Series provided as part of the University of Birmingham's Public Service Academy.

Kathryn is a qualified and HCPC registered social worker and provides practice tutoring and support for the MA and BA ...

Telephone
+ 44(0)121 415 8029
Email
k.farrow@bham.ac.uk

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor of Social Work (Adults and Communities)

Barbara carries out research in the areas of adults, communities, mental health, older people and disability. She also focuses on participatory action research and forms of analysis drawn from postmodern feminism.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5730
Email
b.fawcett@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicola Gale

Dr Nicola Gale

Director of Doctoral Research / Lecturer in Health Sociology

Nicola Gale, MA, PhD, is a health sociologist, with a track record in both single-discipline sociological research and interdisciplinary health research where she has brought her sociological perspective and skills to projects in fields of health services research, public health, primary care, community-led and complementary health care. Dr Gale is committed to theoretically-informed empirical ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 9089
Email
n.gale@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jon Glasby

Professor Jon Glasby

Professor of Health and Social Care and Head of School of Social Policy

Jon is a qualified social worker by background and Head of the School of Social Policy. Specialising in joint work between health and social care, Jon is involved in regular policy analysis and advice. He is the author of a series of leading textbooks on health and social services, sits on the advisory board of The Policy Press, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care. From 2008 ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5726
Email
j.glasby@bham.ac.uk

Anne-Marie Glover

Anne-Marie Glover

Lecturer, Social Work Programme

Anne-Marie is a Lecturer on the Social Work Programme, at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. She is a qualified and HCPC registered Social Worker, and has worked in a range of statutory Children & Families settings. Her practice and research interests include children and young people involved in the youth justice system, specifically children in custodial contexts.

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8032
Email
a.t.glover@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lisa Goodson

Dr Lisa Goodson

Lecturer

Lisa Goodson is a lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, School of Social Policy, where she is Director of Undergraduate Social Policy Programmes, directs the postgraduate degree programme in Migration, Superdiversity and Policy and co-ordinates social policy research modules at post graduate level as well as teaching and tutoring on undergraduate modules in new ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4993
Email
l.j.goodson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lee Gregory

Dr Lee Gregory

Lecturer in Social Policy

Lee joined the Department in September 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. His principal research interests include poverty, inequality and asset-based welfare, youth policy, the mixed economy of welfare and alternative forms of welfare provision. His most recent research investigates the possibilities of complementary currencies in forming social networks and creating resilience to ill-health ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 4145715
Email
l.j.gregory@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kelly Hall

Dr Kelly Hall

Lecturer in Social Policy

Kelly is a Lecturer in Social Policy based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. She is the co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Policy into Practice programme. Her main research interests include social enterprise in health and social care and retirement migration.

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8027
Email
k.j.hall@bham.ac.uk

Clare Harewood

Clare Harewood

Teaching Fellow

Clare's teaching is largely across the Social Policy and Criminology joint honours programme and the Social Policy: Crime, Policing and Community Justice Pathway. Clare convenes both the Criminal Justice Systems, and Youth Crime and Justice modules and contributes to teaching on the Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy Pathway units. She is academic tutor for a number of students across ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 45717
Email
c.harewood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jenny Harlock

Dr Jenny Harlock

Research Fellow

Dr Jenny Harlock is a Research Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Her current research projects include a 3 year NIHR funded study into decommissioning healthcare services, and research on the role and implications for the third sector of health and social care reform. Jenny completed her doctoral thesis on the changing state-third sector relationship in ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6213
Email
j.harlock@bham.ac.uk

Tina Hearn

Lecturer in Social Policy and Admissions Tutor

Tina is a Lecturer and Admissions Tutor for the undergraduate social policy degree programmes.  She has a particular commitment to the University's widening participation programmes and facilitating the inclusion of a diverse range of students within higher education, through a range of Outreach activities.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2505
Email
t.hearn@bham.ac.uk

Rachel Hek

Rachel Hek

Lecturer and Placement Manager

Rachel Hek is a lecturer on the Social Work team at the University of Birmingham and also Head of Qualifying Practice Learning for the MA and BA Social Work courses.  She also manages a bank of independent Practice Tutors and Practice Educators.  Rachel is responsible for creating new practice learning opportunities for students and for liaising with, recruiting and training Practice ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2935
Email
r.hek@bham.ac.uk

Gary Hickman

Gary Hickman

Senior Lecturer and Director of Social Work Education

Gary Hickman is a registered social worker and as Director of the social work programmes, provides operational and strategic leadership for both the BA and MA courses.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2284
Email
g.j.hickman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nathan Hughes

Dr Nathan Hughes

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work / Marie Curie Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne

Nathan is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work at the School of Social Policy, and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He is currently undertaking a programme of research examining the applications of neuroscience to social policy and the law.

Email
n.j.hughes@bham.ac.uk

Rachel Humphris

Rachel Humphris

Research Associate

Rachel Humphris is a Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy. She is also a PhD student in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. Previously she was visiting doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI MMG) in Gottingen. Rachel is also ...

Email
r.humphris@bham.ac.uk

Daiga Kamerade

Daiga Kamerade

Research Fellow

Daiga is a work and employment researcher with strong quantitative skills and extensive experience of using large and complex data sets. Her work is part of the Workforce and Quantiative research stream at the Third Sector Research Centre. The current focus for her research interest is third sector workforce, volunteering and the effects of volunteering on employability.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8170
Email
d.kamerade@bham.ac.uk

Nicholas Le Mesurier

Nicholas Le Mesurier

Research Fellow

Nick Le Mesurier is a Research Fellow at HSMC, working with Jon Glasby and others on a two-year RfPB funded project to interpret and assess older people’s contributions to preventing avoidable hospital admissions. Formerly Research Associate and then Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham (1995-2006), and Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Ageing ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8982
Email
n.j.lemesurier@bham.ac.uk

Rosemary Littlechild

Rosemary Littlechild

Senior Lecturer

Rosemary is part of the teaching group on the qualifying social work programmes for the BA and MA in Social Work. She is a qualified social worker and has worked in generic and specialist teams for older people in the statutory sector. Rosemary has a particular interest in service user and carer involvement in social work education and has strategic responsibility for their involvement in the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5728
Email
r.j.littlechild@bham.ac.uk

Rob Macmillan

Rob Macmillan

Research Fellow

Rob is leading the design, coordination and delivery of Real Times, a programme of longitudinal qualitative research with third sector organisations, which is planned to run throughout the life of TSRC. 

Rob is also undertaking a literature review of research on the voluntary and community sector, focusing on: organisational sustainability and resilience; ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8975
Email
r.macmillan@bham.ac.uk

Professor Russell Mannion

Professor Russell Mannion

Professor of Health Systems

Russell holds the Chair in Health Systems at the University of Birmingham where he is currently Director of Research at the Health Services Management Centre. He holds long standing university positions as Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Visiting Professor in the Centre for Clinical Governance Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3404
Email
r.mannion@bham.ac.uk

Dr Margaret May

Dr Margaret May

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Margaret May is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy and an Associate Member of the Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) in the Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy.

Email
margaret.may@bham.ac.uk

Ross Millar

Ross Millar

Lecturer/Director of Learning and Teaching

Ross is a Lecturer in Health Policy and Management. His research interests look to analyse how health and social care practitioners make sense of the continuities and change associated with reform. During his time at HSMC, Ross has been involved in a variety of research projects that include comparative case studies of health system reform, the promotion of social enterprise in health and social ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8980
Email
r.millar@bham.ac.uk

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Senior Fellow

Robin is a Senior Fellow and Director of Consultancy at HSMC, the social care lead within the Chronic Disease Theme of the West Midlands Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care, and a Fellow of the School for Social Care Research. His research interests build on his practical experiences in the field, and centre on commissioning and management of integrated services, ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8018
Email
r.s.miller@bham.ac.uk

Professor John Mohan

Professor John Mohan

Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Third Sector Research Centre

John is a Professor of Social Policy in the Institute of Applied Social Studies, and is currently Director of the Third Sector Research Centre.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5405
Email
j.mohan@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Mullins

Professor David Mullins

Professor of Housing Policy

David Mullins is Professor of Housing Policy and leads the Housing and Communities Research Group in IASS. He also has links with the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) and the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) in the School of Social Policy. His research interests include the governance, management and regulation of housing, housing need and homelessness, the role of ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3348
Email
d.w.mullins@bham.ac.uk

Catherine Needham

Catherine Needham

Reader in Public Policy and Public Management

Catherine Needham is a Reader in Public Policy and Public Management. She is part based at the Health Services Management Centre, developing research around social care and policy innovation. She is also part-based in the University’s Public Services Academy, researching new approaches to public service workforce development.

Catherine’s areas of special interest include:

  • Reform ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3011 (Park House)/+44(0)121 414 6223 (Muirhead Tower)
Email
c.needham.1@bham.ac.uk

Karen Newbigging

Karen Newbigging

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management

 

Karen joined HSMC as a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management in November 2013. Originally qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Karen has over thirty years’ experience in the health and social care sector, including direct service provision and commissioning. For the past ten years Karen has been involved in research, consultancy and system development for a broad ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3067
Email
k.v.newbigging@bham.ac.uk

Pat Niner

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Pat Niner is a housing researcher with a wide range of experience of different topics and research methods. Her recent specialisms are the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers, and housing benefit reforms. She is continuing to work on ad hoc projects after formal retirement from the University of Birmingham in 2008.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5024
Email
p.m.niner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Louise Overton

Teaching Fellow

Louise convenes two undergraduate modules: Researching Policy and Society and Social Policy Pathway Placement. She also contributes to Global Issues, Social Research Methods, and Introduction to Criminology, as well as Introduction to Applied Social Research at MA level. 

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2881
Email
l.e.overton@bham.ac.uk

Robert Page

Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy

Robert is a Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, and has been a teacher of Social Policy for over thirty years.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8088
Email
r.m.page@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alexis Paton

Research Fellow

Dr Alexis Paton is a Research Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Currently she is working on the 3-year AHRC funded project “Phronesis and the Medical Community”, led by Dr Mervyn Conroy. The project examines if and to what extent phronesis, or “practical wisdom”, is learned and used by doctors during their education and later in ...

Telephone
07811973392
Email
a.paton@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor of Migration and Superdiversity

Jenny Phillimore has researched widely in the fields of migration and superdiversity. Over the past decade she has managed teams of researchers focusing on access to health, education, employment, training, and housing integration with a particular focus on integration and organisational change in the UK and EU. Jenny co-directs the New Migration and Social Policy MA programme, sits on the ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7822
Email
j.a.phillimore@bham.ac.uk

Professor Martin Powell

Professor Martin Powell

Professor of Health and Social Policy

Martin joined HSMC in February 2007. Martin specialises in: Health policy, especially New Labour; choice and consumerism; decentralization; partnership and history of health care before the NHS and social policy, especially historical and geographical dimensions, citizenship, equity, theories of welfare state development.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 4462
Email
m.powell@bham.ac.uk

James Rees

James Rees

Research Fellow

James joined TSRC in February 2011. His research explores the transformations that are occurring in the delivery of public services in the UK. He focuses on the role of the third sector in service delivery, cross-sectoral partnership, organisational change and the role of citizens and service users, drawing on a range of theoretical traditions in the fields of governance and organisational ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3673
Email
j.e.rees@bham.ac.uk

Professor Richard Ronald

Professor Richard Ronald

Professor of Housing and Social Change

Richard joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 and contributes to teaching in Social Policy (particularly in the area of comparative policy and research) as well as to research activities in the Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM)and Housing and Communities Research. He also studied and worked in the Netherlands, Japan and the USA, and continues to hold a ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8564
Email
r.ronald@bham.ac.uk

Yvonne Sawbridge

Yvonne Sawbridge

Senior Fellow

Yvonne Sawbridge Joined HSMC in 2011 after a varied career in NHS, latterly as a Director of Nursing and Quality in a PCT. She is also on the executive of the NHS Alliance- a national organisation linking primary care clinicians, managers and organisations together. A Registered General Nurse & Health Visitor by profession, Yvonne has worked operationally and strategically in many ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3205
Email
y.sawbridge@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nando Sigona

Dr Nando Sigona

Birmingham Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of IRiS

Nando Sigona is a sociologist with over ten years research and teaching experience in migration, refugee and ethnic studies. He joined the School of Social Policy in February 2013 as a Birmingham Fellow. Dr Sigona’s work investigates the interplay between forms and modes of contemporary membership, governance, and the politics of belonging. This is achieved through in-depth examinations of ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8030
Email
n.sigona@bham.ac.uk

Professor Judith Smith

Professor Judith Smith

Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management Centre

Judith is a highly experienced and widely published health services researcher and policy analyst. She took up post as Director of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham on 1 June 2015.  This followed six years spent as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable health research ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7068
Email
j.a.smith.20@bham.ac.uk

Iain Snelling

Iain Snelling

Senior Fellow

Iain specialises in teaching, consultancy and research around management and leadership development in the NHS; service evaluation and improvement; clinical engagement in management and regulation of health care. From 2011 – 2013 he was co-Director of the educational element of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and the NHS Clinical Leadership Fellows programme. He ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3212
Email
i.n.snelling@bham.ac.uk

Dr Denise Tanner

Dr Denise Tanner

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Denise Tanner is a Senior Lecturer on BA and MA Social Work courses.  Her areas of teaching and research interest include community care policy and practice; social work with older people; social work skills; social perspectives of mental distress; and service user involvement in education and research. She is Programme Director for BA Social Work Year 1 and has responsibility for ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2941
Email
d.l.tanner@bham.ac.uk

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Research Fellow, Third Sector Research Centre

Rebecca Taylor is a research fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre. She is working across several research streams including workforce and work place; Real times a qualitative study of third sector organisations and service delivery. Her current research explores the effects of recent financial crisis and austerity on the pay and working conditions of the third sector workforce. She also ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7073
Email
r.taylor@tsrc.ac.uk

Dr Jerry Tew

Dr Jerry Tew

Reader in Mental Health and Social Work and Head of Education

Jerry is a Reader in Mental Health and Social Work and Head of Education in the School of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Social Work.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3640
Email
j.j.c.tew@bham.ac.uk

Rachel Thwaites

Rachel Thwaites

Research Fellow

Rachel Thwaites is a Research Fellow working on the HSMC Emergency Admissions project, exploring elderly patients’ experiences of emergency admission to hospital, as well as the experiences of families, carers, and hospital staff, with the aim of improving that moment of care, reducing readmissions, and exploring whether other options than hospitalization might have been more effective in ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7069
Email
r.thwaites@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicki Ward

Dr Nicki Ward

Lecturer

Nicki is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. Her primary role, as a social work lecturer, enables her to combine her interests in social work, social care and social justice. Nicki is particularly interested in issues diversity, intersectionality and care ethics. Along with Nicola Gale she is currently advancing work around the development of an LGBTQ inclusive curriculumin higher ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5713
Email
n.j.ward@bham.ac.uk

Tamsin Waterhouse

Tamsin Waterhouse

Lecturer

Tamsin Waterhouse is a Lecturer on the Post Qualifying Social Work programmes. She is also the Director of the (Advanced) Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness. She is a registered Social Worker, and joined the University in 2012.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6227
Email
t.d.waterhouse@bham.ac.uk

Professor Sue White

Professor Sue White

Professor of Social Work (Children and Families)

Sue is Professor of Social Work for Children and Families in the School of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Social Work. She is also an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5714
Email
s.white.3@bham.ac.uk

Iestyn Williams

Iestyn Williams

Senior Lecturer

Iestyn is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management, having joined HSMC from the Department of Health Economics in 2004. He is involved in a range of research, teaching and knowledge transfer work and has a broad methodogical experience and expertise. Current projects include an evaluation of a novel approach to public involvement in priority setting, and a national study of health care ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7063
Email
i.p.williams@bham.ac.uk