Dr Andrew Jolly

Dr Andrew Jolly

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Assistant Professor

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Andy Jolly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. He teaches on both the BA and MA programmes, and has research interests around social work practice with migrant families, food poverty and bordering practices in social care.


PhD Social Policy, University of Birmingham, 2020

MA Social Work, University of Birmingham, 2007

BA (Hons) Politics, University of Leicester, 2002


Before qualifying as a social worker, Andy worked in residential care for ex-offenders and drug rehabilitation. He trained as a social worker at the University of Birmingham and worked as a hospital social worker before managing a project working with migrant children and families who had No Recourse to Public Funds. 

After taking part in the IRiS Community Practitioner Research Programme as a practitioner researcher, he undertook a PhD which explored the experiences of household food security in households with an irregular migration status in Birmingham. 

Prior to working at the University of Birmingham he was a researcher at the Institute for Community Research and Development at the University of Wolverhampton, and lectured in Social Work at the University of Plymouth.


His subsequent research has explored early action approaches with refugees and migrants, the health and wellbeing of undocumented migrant children in London and the impact of law and policy on children’s experiences of neglect.

Postgraduate supervision

Andy welcomes proposals for doctoral and post-doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Household Food Security in the UK
  • Bordering Practices in Social Work and Social Care
  • Child Poverty
  • Social Work with Refugee and Migrant Populations
  • Participatory and community research methods


Stand for Change Participatory Evaluation (Trussell Trust) 

No Recourse Early Action Model (What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care) 

LA Response to People with NRPF during the pandemic (Paul Hamlyn Foundation) 

Children and Young People who are not British Citizens (Greater London Authority) 

Early Action Charter Programme (Refugee Action)


Recent publications


Cefalo, R, Rose, M & Jolly, A (eds) 2023, Social Policy Review 35: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2023. Policy Press. https://doi.org/10.51952/9781447369219

Jolly, A, Cefalo, R & Pomati, M (eds) 2022, Social Policy Review 34: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2022. 1 edn, Policy Press. https://doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447365792.001.0001


Jolly, A 2023, 'The “PERSPECS” principles: early action and migrant children with no recourse to public funds', Journal of Children's Services, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 147-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-12-2021-0056

Hopley, R, Caulfield, L & Jolly, A 2023, '“I’ll live better, stay away from crime”: exploring the reintegration of former prisoners into the community through a music programme', Journal of Criminal Psychology, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 351-366. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-12-2022-0033

Jolly, A & Gupta, A 2022, 'Children and families with no recourse to public funds: Learning from case reviews', Children & Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12646

Hermansson, L, Lundberg, A, Gruber, S, Jolly, A, Lind, J, Righard, E & Scott, H 2022, 'Firewalls: A necessary tool to enable social rights for undocumented migrants in social work', International Social Work, vol. 65, no. 4, pp. 678–692. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872820924454

Jolly, A, Singh, J & Lobo, S 2022, 'No recourse to public funds: a qualitative evidence synthesis', International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 107-123. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijmhsc-11-2021-0107

Begum, K, Flint, T, Hunt, G, Jolly, A & Stringer, A 2022, 'Reflecting on Early Help with Migrant Families: A View from Practice', Practice, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 197-205. https://doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2021.2023489

Jolly, A & Thompson, J 2022, 'Risk of food insecurity in undocumented migrant households in Birmingham, UK', Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdab408

Caulfield, L, Jolly, A, Simpson, E & Devi-McGleish, Y 2022, '‘It’s Not Just Music, It Helps You from Inside’: Mixing Methods to Understand the Impact of Music on Young People in Contact With the Criminal Justice System', Youth Justice, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 67-84. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225420938151

Jolly, A, Caulfield, LS, Sojka, B, Iafrati, S, Rees, J & Massie, R 2021, 'Café Delphi: Hybridising ‘World Café’ and ‘Delphi Techniques’ for successful remote academic collaboration', Social Sciences & Humanities Open, vol. 3, no. 1, 100095. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssaho.2020.100095

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Jolly, A 2023, Insecurity and Abundance: Food and Belonging in a Hostile Environment. in L Lessard-Phillips, A Papoutsi, N Sigona & P Ziss (eds), Migration, displacement and diversity: The IRiS anthology. Oxford Publishing Services, Oxford, pp. 225-229.


Jolly, A 2022, Social inclusion, immigration legislation, and social services. in P Liamputtong (ed.), Handbook of Social Inclusion: Research and Practices in Health and Social Sciences. 1 edn, Springer, pp. 2259-2274. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89594-5_133


Cefalo, R, Rose, M & Jolly, A 2023, Global developments in social policy research. in Social Policy Review 35: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2023. 1 edn, Policy Press, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.51952/9781447369219.int001

Jolly, A, Cefalo, R & Pomati, M 2022, Social policy in the shadow of the pandemic. in Social Policy Review 34: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2022. 1 edn, Policy Press, pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.51952/9781447365815.int001

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