Dr Kelly Hall

Kelly Hall

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Lecturer in Social Policy

Contact details

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Kelly is a Lecturer in Social Policy based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. 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 joinedthe Department in August 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. She had previously worked as Lecturer in Socioloy 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, health/social care, migration and the third sector. Her research into international retirement migration focuses on the migration and return of vulnerable, older British people within the EU.

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 and their access to informal and formal care and support. She has also undertaken research into health and social care social enterprises and micro enterprises, including public service mutual and NHS spin outs. Her research has used a participatory approach 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, as well as in book chapters and as a co-authored book.

Recent projects include:

  • An ESRC funded project on micro-enterprise in social care.
  • A British Consulate funded study  exploring vulnerability triggers and sources of support for older British people living in the Costa del Sol.


Journal Papers

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., Giner, J. and Betty, C. (2017 forthcoming) 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, 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.