Dr Kelly Hall

Kelly Hall

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Reader in Social Policy
Director of Global Engagement for the School of Social Policy

Contact details

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

Kelly is a Reader 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


Allen, K, Burn, E, Hall, K, Mangan, C & Needham, C 2023, '‘They Made an Excellent Start…but After a While, It Started to Die Out’, Tensions in Combining Personalisation and Integration in English Adult Social Care', Social Policy and Society, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 172-186. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746422000392

Needham, C, Allen, K, Burn, E, Hall, K, Mangan, C, Al-Janabi, H, Tahir, W, Carr, S, Glasby, J, Henwood, M & McKay, S 2022, 'How do you shape a market? Explaining local state practices in adult social care', Journal of Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279421000805

Hall, K, Ono, M & Kohno, A 2021, 'British and Japanese international retirement migration and creative responses to health and care challenges: A Bricolage perspective', Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 9, no. 1, 7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-020-00217-x

Hall, K 2021, 'Care precarity among older British migrants in Spain', Ageing and Society. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X21001392

Hall, K, Phillimore, J, Grzymala-Kazlowska, A, Vershinina, N, Ogtem-Young, O & Harris, C 2020, 'Migration uncertainty in the context of Brexit: resource conservation tactics', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1839398

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, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 438-456. 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, Harlock, J, Robert, G, Mannion, R, Brearley, S & Hall, K 2017, 'Decommissioning health care: identifying best practice through primary and secondary research – a prospective mixed-methods study', Health Services and Delivery Research. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr05220

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

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Hall, K & Kinghorn, P 2021, Measuring outcomes in social care. in R Hazenberg & C Paterson-Young (eds), Social Impact Measurement for a Sustainable Future: The Power of Aesthetics and Practical Implications. 1 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 229-246. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83152-3_12


Millar, R, Hall, K & Miller, R 2020, Hybrid organisations in English health and social care. in D Billis & C Rochester (eds), Handbook on Hybrid Organisations. Edward Elgar, pp. 82-95.

Commissioned report

Needham, C, Allen, K, Burn, E, Hall, K, Mangan, C, Al-Janabi, H, Tahir, W, Carr, S, Glasby, J, Henwood, M, McKay, S & Brant, I 2020, Shifting Shapes: how can local care markets support personalised outcomes?.

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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.