Dr Kelly Hall

Dr Kelly Hall

Applied Social Studies
Lecturer in Social Policy

Contact details

School of Social Policy, SPSW
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

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.


• BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, 2003
• MSc Social Research Methods, Nottingham Trent University, 2004
• PG Cert in Higher Education, 2008
• PhD Sociology and Social Policy, Nottingham Trent University, 2005-2011


Kelly joinedthe Department in August 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. She had previously worked as Lecturer in Socioloy at the University of Northampton, before which she worked as a Research Fellow for the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.


Kelly’s main research interest lies in the area of social enterprise and health and social care. She is currently working on an ESRC funded project on micro-enterprise in social care.  She is also undertaking research on social enterprise spin outs, focusing in particular on Right to Request/Right to Provide policy, public sector mutuals and social impact measurement. Her other research interests are old age vulnerability and retirement migration. Her research has looked at the experiences of older British people living in Spain, as well as those who return from Spain. Her research has also used a participatory approach by including vulnerable groups as co-researchers to design, implement and disseminate research.

Kelly’s research outputs have included:

Hall, K, Needham, C and Allen, K (2014), 'Grass Roots Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Micro-Enterprises in Social Care'. Paper for International Research Society for Public Management Annal Conference, Ottowa, Canada, April 2014.

Hazenberg, R. and Hall, K. (2013) The Barriers and Solution to Public Sector Spin Outs, Capital Ambition, London.

Alcock, P., Millar, R., Hall, K., Lyon, F., Nicholls, A. and Gabriel, M. (2012) Start Up and Growth: National Evaluation of the Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF), Department of Health Policy Research AQ6 Programme.

Ellins J., Glasby J., Tanner D., McIver S., Davidson D., Littlechild R., Snelling I., Miller R., Hall K., Spence K. and the Care Transitions Project Co-Researchers (2012) Understanding and Improving Transitions of Older People: A User and Carer Centred Approach, Final Report, NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme.

Hall, K. (2008) Growing old in Spain: The Policy Context’, Age Concern England, London.

Hall, K. (2008) Age Concern España: A Vital Resource for Older People in Spain, Age Concern España, Spain.


Journal Papers

Hazenberg, R. and Hall, K. (2014) Public service mutuals: towards a theoretical understanding of the spin-out process, Policy and Politics, DOI 10.1332/147084414X13988685244243

Hall, K., Needham, C. and Allen, K. (2015) Micro-Enterprise: Can Social Innovation Transform Social Care? Salute e Società, 18, pp. 51-68.

Hall, K., Miller, R. and Millar, R. (forthcoming) Public, Private or Neither? Analysing the Publicness of Healthcare Social Enterprises, Public Management Review, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2015.1014398

Littlechild, R., Tanner, D. and Hall, K. (2015) Co-research with older people: perspectives on impact, Qualitative Social Work, 14 (1), pp. 18-35.

Hall, K. and Hardill, I. (2014) Retirement migration, the 'other' story: caring for frail elderly British citizens in Spain, Ageing and Society, DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X14001342

Hall, K., Alcock, P. and Millar, R. (2012) Start Up and Sustainability: Marketisation and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in England, Journal of Social Policy, 41(4), pp. 733-749.

Millar, R. and Hall, K. (2012) Social Return on Investment (SROI) and Performance Measurement: The Opportunities and Barriers for Social Enterprises in Health and Social Care, Public Management Review, DOI:10.1080/14719037.2012.698857.

Millar, R., Hall, K. and Miller, R (2012) A Story of Strategic Change: Becoming a Social Enterprise in English Health and Social Care, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 4(1), p. 4-22.

Miller, R., Hall, K. and Millar, R (2012) Right to Request Social Enterprises: A Welcome Addition to Third Sector Delivery of English Healthcare? Voluntary Sector Review, 3(2), pp. 275-285.

Miller, R., Millar, R. and Hall, K. (2012) Spin-Outs and Social Enterprise: The ‘Right to Request’ Programme for Health and Social Care Services, Public Money & Management, 32(3), pp. 233-236.

Hall, K., Miller, R. and Millar, R. (2012) Jumped or Pushed: What Motivates NHS Staff to Set up a Social Enterprise? Social Enterprise Journal, 8(1), pp. 49-62.

Hall. K. (2008) ‘The Challenges of Retiring Abroad: A Case of Older British Migrants’, Regions, 271, Autumn.

Book Chapters

Hall, K. and Arvidson, M. (2013) How do we know if Social Enterprise Works? Tools for Assessing Social Enterprise Performance, in Denny, S and Seddon, F. (eds.) Social Enterprise: Accountability and Evaluation around the World, London: Routledge.