Dr Kelly Hall

Kelly Hall

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Deputy Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Contact details

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

Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy based in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She is the Director of Global Engagement for the School of Social Policy. Her main research interests include ageing, health/social care, migration and the third sector.


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

Kelly is currently the Director of Global Engagement for the School of Social Policy.


Kelly currently leads the postgraduate module “Policy Futures: Theories and Concepts in International Policy Making”. She also teaches on the postgraduate module “Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship”.

Postgraduate supervision

International retirement migration, social enterprise, social care, ageing


Kelly’s research interests include ageing, social care, migration, social enterprise and the third sector.

Her research on international retirement migration focuses on the migration and return of vulnerable, older British people within the EU and more recently the impact of Brexit. Over the last few years, she has undertaken a number of studies in collaboration with Age UK, Age Concern España and the British Consulate to explore the lived experiences of older British people in Spain, including access to and experiences of care. She has developed the website www.supportinspain.info in collaboration with the British Consulate, Malaga.

Her research also explores social care in England, including social care innovation, micro enterprise and market shaping. She has also undertaken research into health and social care social enterprises, including public service mutuals and NHS spin outs. Her current project explores the contribution of social enterprises to the social care sector.

She draws on participatory approaches to research by including vulnerable groups as co-researchers to design, implement and disseminate research.

Her research has been published as papers in journals such as Ageing and Society and Public Management Review, in book chapters and as a co-authored book.


Recent publications


Hall, K, Needham, C & Allen, K 2019, 'Micro entrepreneurship in the care sector: motives, values and practices', Voluntary Sector Review, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 311–328. https://doi.org/10.1332/204080519X15738068469662

Allen, K, Needham, C, Hall, K & Tanner, D 2019, 'Participatory research meets validated outcome measures: tensions in the co-production of social care evaluation', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 311-325. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12468

Henderson, F, Hall, K, Mutongi, A & Whittam, G 2019, 'Social enterprise, social innovation and self-directed care: lessons from Scotland', Social Enterprise Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/SEJ-12-2018-0080

Glasby, J, Needham, C, Allen, K, Hall, K & McKay, S 2018, 'The Goldilocks Question: What Size is 'Just Right' for Social Care Providers?', International Journal of Care and Caring, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 65-87. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15187913719956

Williams, I, Mannion, R & Hall, K 2017, 'Doing more with less in health care: findings from a multi-method study of decommissioning in the English National Health Service', Journal of Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279417000721

Stickley, A & Hall, K 2017, 'Social enterprise: A model of recovery and social inclusion for occupational therapy practice in the UK', Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 91-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-01-2017-0002

Ahmed, A & Hall, K 2016, 'Negotiating the Challenges of Ageing as a British Migrant in Spain', GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 105-114. https://doi.org/10.1024/1662-9647/a000147

Hall, K & Hardill, I 2016, 'Retirement migration, the ‘other’ story: Caring for frail elderly British citizens in Spain', Ageing and Society, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 562-585. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X14001342

Giner, J, Hall, K & Betty, C 2015, 'Back to Brit: Retired British Migrants Returning from Spain', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1100068

Littlechild, R, Tanner, D & Hall, K 2015, 'Co-research with older people: perspectives on impact', Qualitative Social Work, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 18-35. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325014556791

Hall, K, Needham, C & Allen, K 2015, 'Micro-Enterprise: Can Social Innovation Transform Social Care?', Salute e Societa.

Hazenberg, R & Hall, K 2015, 'Public service mutuals: towards a theoretical understanding of the spin-out process', Policy and politics. https://doi.org/10.1332/147084414X13988685244243

Hall, K, Miller, R & Millar, R 2015, 'Public, Private or Neither? Analysing the publicness of health care social enterprises', Public Management Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2015.1014398

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Hall, K 2016, Retirement Migration and Health: Growing Old in Spain. in F thomas (ed.), Handbook of Migration and Health. Edward Elgar.

Hall, K, Giner, J & Betty, C 2016, To stay or to go? The motivations and experiences of older British returnees from Spain. in Z Vathi & R King (eds), Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing. Routledge.

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Kelly’s research interests include ageing, social care, migration and the third sector.

Policy experience

Kelly has published reports for Department of Health and Social Care, Public Policy Institute for Wales, the FCO and the British Consulate. Her most recent Policy Brief talks about care for older British people in Spain.