Dr Rebecca Ince

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Research Fellow

Contact details

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

Becky is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work and Social Care in the School of Social Policy. She is currently working on the NIHR funded project “Why are we stuck in hospital?” with Prof. Jon Glasby and Prof. Robin Miller, investigating why many people with learning disabilities and/or autism are long-term hospital inpatients instead of living in less restrictive, community-based settings.

Her previous research covers health and environmental policy, combining both Geography and Social Policy disciplinary approaches. Becky’s projects investigate how multi-actor networks identify, commission, organise and deliver services in unique contexts, and how relational dynamics in those networks impact service provision and equality of access. She is particularly interested in how the third sector supports health and wellbeing in partnership with statutory services: previous work investigated the contribution of the voluntary sector to supporting people in mental health crisis, and she has investigated how cross-sector networks and policy experiments address issues around urban sustainability.

Becky is committed to co-producing research and has worked closely with service users, co-operatives, voluntary sector organisations and local and national government throughout her research career.


  • 2015 - PhD in Social Policy, School of the Built Environment, Salford University.
  • 2011 – MSc Social Policy Research Methods, Nottingham Trent University.
  • 2008 – BSc Combined Honours, Sociology and Environmental Science & Technology

Doctoral research


  • Policy implementation and complex delivery/support networks.
  • Place-based policy research, especially with a socio-technical element.
  • Voluntary/third sector, community organisations, cross-sector partnerships.
  • Mental health and wellbeing, supporting vulnerable people, sustainability.


Newbigging, K., Rees, J., Ince, R., Mohan, J., Joseph, D., Ashman, M., Norden, B., Dare, C., Bourke, S. and Costello, B., 2020. The contribution of the voluntary sector to mental health crisis care: a mixed-methods studyHealth Services and Delivery Research, 8(29), pp.1-200.

Ince, R. and Marvin, S., 2019. Constructing domestic retrofit as a new urban infrastructure: experimentation, equitability and contested prioritiesLocal Environment, 24(9), pp.825-842.

Ince, R (2019) Local variations in implementing energy efficiency policy – how Third Sector Organisations influenced cities’ responses to the Green Deal. Social Policy Review 31: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2019. ISBN: 978-1447343981

Ince, R, & Marvin, S (2019). Retrofitting Obsolete Suburbs: Networks, Fixes and Divisions. In: Filion, P & Pulver, N. M. (eds) Critical Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures: Contemporary International Cases. ISBN: 9781487523619


Newbigging, K, Durcan, G, Ince, R and Bell, A (2018) Filling the chasm: Reimagining primary mental healthcare. 

Examining Domestic Retrofit Systems and Governance in Haringey, London.  End of project report for Haringey Council and Durham University for EPSRC IAA retrofit programme. (September, 2015)