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 co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Policy into Practice programme. 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’s research interests include ageing, social care, migration 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. 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.

Current projects include:

Recent projects include:


Journal Papers

Hall, K., Needham, C. and Allen, K. (2019) Micro entrepreneurship in the care sector: motives, values and practices, Voluntary Sector Review, vol 10, no 3, 311–328 

Henderson, F., Hall, K., Mutongi, A. and Whittam, G., (2019). Social enterprise, social innovation and self-directed care: lessons from Scotland. Social Enterprise Journal. Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 438-456. 

Allen K, Needham C, Hall K, Tanner D. (2018) Participatory research meets validated outcome measures: Tensions in the co‐production of social care evaluation. Soc Policy Admin. 2018;1–15. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12468

Glasby, J., Needham, C., Allen, K., Hall, K. and McKay, S. (2018) The Goldilocks Question: What Size is ‘Just Right’ for Social Care Providers? International Journal of Care and Caring. Vol 2 (1): p 65-87.

Williams, I., Hall, K. and Mannion, R. (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 [First view available].

Stickley, A. and Hall, K. (2017) Social enterprise: A model of recovery and social inclusion for occupational therapy practice in the UK, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 21(2), pp.91-101

Ahmed, A. and Hall, K. (2016) Negotiating the Challenges of Ageing as a British Migrant in Spain, GeroPsych, 29, pp. 105-114.

Hall, K. and Hardill, I. (2016) Retirement migration, the 'other' story: caring for frail elderly British citizens in Spain, Ageing and Society, 36(3), pp. 562-585.

Giner, J., Hall, K. and Betty, C. (2016) Back to Brit: retired British migrants returning from Spain, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42(5), pp. 797-815.

Hall, K., Miller, R. and Millar, R. (2016) Public, Private or Neither? Analysing the Publicness of Healthcare Social Enterprises, Public Management Review, 18(4), pp. 539-557.

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

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

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.

Millar, R. and Hall, K. (2013) Social Return on Investment (SROI) and Performance Measurement: The Opportunities and Barriers for Social Enterprises in Health and Social Care, Public Management Review, 15(6), pp. 923-942.

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., 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.


Needham, C., Allen, K. and Hall, K. (2016) Micro-enterprise and personalisation: What size is good care? Bristol: Policy Press.

Book Chapters

Hall, K. (2019) Resilience and social support among ageing British migrants in Spain, in Walsh, K and Leonard, P. British Migration: Privilege, Diversity and Vulnerability, London: Routledge.

Hall, K., Giner, J. and Betty, C. (2017) To stay or to go? The motivations and experiences of older British returnees from Spain in Vathi, Z. and King, R. Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing, London: Routledge.

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

Betty, C. and Kall, K. (2015)The Myth of No Return? Why Retired British Migrants in Spain Return to the UK, in K. Torkington, I. David and J. Sardinha, Practising the Good Life Lifestyle Migration in Practices, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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, Routledge.

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