Dr Lee Gregory

Lecturer in Social Policy

Applied Social Studies

Lee Gregory

Contact details

School of Social Policy, IASS
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Lee joined the IASS in September 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. His principal research interests lie in the connections between community, poverty and health, specifically the role of welfare provision in perpetuating and challenging current levels of poverty and ill-health. His most recent research investigates the possibilities of complementary currencies in forming social networks and creating resilience to ill-health and creating a site of resistance to neo-liberal economics.

Lee also co-founded and co-facilitates Time4Research, a research network established for researchers into time banks to network and foster collaborations across the UK and beyond (http://time4research.wordpress.com/).


  • PhD Social Policy Cardiff University (2013) 
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (Social Policy), Cardiff University (2009) 
  • BScEcon Social Policy and Sociology, Cardiff University (2005)


Lee submitted his PhD at Cardiff University in September 2012. The title of the thesis was Improving health and social care delivery through participation: time banks as a site for co-production. Key findings focused around the role of time banking in tackling depression and social isolation in community settings, the use of time banking to develop co-production within the public sector and the theoretical similarities and distinctiveness between time banking and the “Big Society”. During which he also became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Between September 2012 – September 2013 Lee was a Lecturer in Social Policy at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

Prior to submitting his PhD, Lee worked on a research project exploring he development of the Credit Union movement in Wales, linking an interest in asset-based welfare with his interest in community, poverty and alternative forms of welfare provision. He has also spent time working in the Welsh Assembly Government and in Community Development work.

His future research plans are to build on the foundations of his PhD and previous research, in order to further investigate alternative forms of welfare provision (both in the UK and internationally); to further refine the theoretical framework developed in the PhD; and continue to explore the practices, outcomes and implications of different community currency systems.

Lee is on Twitter @AcademicLee
Personal webpage: http://ljgregory.wordpress.com/  



  • Social Policy in to Practice: learning through volunteering (UG Year 2)
  • Sectors and Services in British Social Policy (PG)
  • Social Policy & Social Welfare


  • Social Issues and Social Policy
  • Dissertation


Gregory, L. (2012) ‘Time and Punishment: a comparison of UK and US time bank use in criminal justice systems’; Journal of Comparative Social Welfare 28 (3) pp.195-208

Gregory, L (2012) ‘Local People rebuilding their communities – an exploration of Welsh time banking’ Contemporary Wales 25 pp. 40-57

Drakeford, M. and Gregory, L. (2011) ‘Governance and Social Policy in a Devolved Wales’; in Social Policy for Social Welfare Practice in a Devolved Wales. (Second Ed.) Williams, C. (ed) Venture Press: Birmingham pp. 21 – 34

Gregory, L and Drakeford, M. (2011) ‘Just another financial institution? Tensions in the future of credit unions in the UK’ Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 19 (2) pp. 117-129

Drakeford, M. and Gregory, L (2010) ‘Transforming Time: A New Tool for Youth Justice’; in Youth Justice 10 (2) pp. 143-156

Drakeford, M and Gregory L (2010) ‘Asset-based welfare and youth justice: making it local’; in Brayford, J.; Cowe, F. and Deering, J. (eds) What Else Works? Creative Work with Offenders. Devon: Willian Publishing. pp. 155 – 168

Gregory, L. (2010) ‘An Opportunity Lost? Exploring the benefits of the Child Trust Fund on youth transitions into adulthood’; Youth and Policy 106 pp. 78-94

Gregory, L. (2009) ‘Change Takes Time: Exploring the Structural and Development Issues of Time Banking’; International Journal of Community Currencies 13 pp.19-36

Gregory, L. (2009) ‘Spending Time Locally: The Benefits of Time Banks for Local Economies’; Local Economy 24 (4) pp. 323 – 333

Drakeford, M. and Gregory, L. (2008) ‘Anti-poverty practice and the changing world of credit unions: new tools for social workers’; Practice: Social Work in Action 20 (3) pp.141-150

Drakeford, M. and Gregory, L. (2008) ‘Avoiding sub-prime lenders: credit unions and their diversification in Wales’; Research Policy and Planning 26 (2)

Gregory, L. and Drakeford, M. (2005) ‘Social Work, Asset-based Welfare and the Child Trust Fund’; British Journal of Social Work, advanced access published November 23 2005; in British Journal of Social Work (2006) 36. pp. 149-157

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