The SPA’s activities are co-ordinated by an elected Executive Committee. All members of the SPA are eligible to stand and elections for the Executive Committee are held at the AGM during SPA’s Annual Conference. The SPA is committed to promoting the discipline of Social Policy and representing its members’ interests. The SPA Executive operates under an agreed statement of ethics.

If you would like to discuss a particular issue with the SPA Executive or are interested in joining the Executive then please contact the relevant Executive member below.

Ann Marie Gray : Chair

Ann Marie Gray


Ulster University

Ann Marie Gray is Professor of Social Policy at Ulster University and co-director of ARK, a joint Ulster University/Queen’s University research centre.

Ann Marie’s research interests include adult social care, devolution and social policy and gender and social policy. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Doreen Lawrence, Baroness of Clarendon, OBE : President

Doreen Lawrence, Baroness of Clarendon, OBE


Baroness Doreen Lawrence was awarded the OBE for services to community relations in 2003 and since then she has been made a life peer in the House of Lords in 2013. She has won praise for her tireless dedication to community, anti-racism and other causes close to her heart and she was recently named the most powerful woman in the country by the BBC. Her spirit and resilience and demand for a better way have genuinely changed an institution at the core of British life.

Doreen Lawrence continues to advocate and provide a voice for the voiceless with her continued commitment to inequalities in societies globally and supports many good causes and travels  initiatives that provide opportunities to young people that were tragically denied to her son Stephen by his senseless murder in 1993

Her efforts in seeking justice for Stephen’s murder has seen her on-going commitment lead to an investigation into claims of police corruption and, for her, the changes in policing remain ‘only partly done’ in her wish to see Britain become a fairer, just and tolerant society for all.

Following 22 years as the Founding Trustee and President of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, she stepped down to establish the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation where she is continuing to provide ‘a legacy of hope’ for young people, in particular boys of colour and disadvantaged communities with educational opportunities, community cohesion and career advancement.

Vikki McCall : Secretary

Vikki McCall


University of Stirling

Dr McCall is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing at the University of Stirling. Her work has included extensive research on the role of front-line workers, users and volunteers and the policy process and the integration of health and housing. This has included exploring front-line worker discretion, interpretations, activities and actions and bridging the gap between policy and practice. Dr McCall has a broad portfolio of social science teaching and research with the University of Stirling.

Key interests and publications include work on housing and ageing, volunteering, devolution, poverty,  stigma, inequality, gender, urban society, museums and the cultural sector.

Antonios Roumpakis : Treasurer

Antonios Roumpakis


University of York

Antonios is a Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy at the University of York. Antonios completed his PhD at the University of Bath and his dissertation focused on the comparative governance of pension funds.

His current research interests centre on the political economy of familistic welfare regimes, debt and asset-based welfare, comparative research methods, the politics and impact of austerity policies and the changing socio-economic governance in Europe.

Victoria Duffy : Senior Administrator

Victoria Duffy

Senior Administrator


Victoria provides administration support to the Executive Committee of The Social Policy Association and is an Executive Assistant in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences on the Magee Campus, Ulster University.

Victoria is also a PhD Candidate in History in the School of Arts and Humanities, Ulster University. Her thesis explores the life and work of the Catholic Bishop of Cork, Dr Francis Moylan (1735-1815). Her research interests include: the evolution of Catholic identity and the development of social thought in the Eighteenth Century, alternative voices and their response to the State and Catholic folk belief.



Sade Ajose : Postgraduate Research (PGR)

Sade Ajose

Postgraduate Research (PGR)

University of Birmingham

Sade is a Masters student at the University of Birmingham, studying Social Research. Sade completed her Social Policy degree at Swansea University in 2022. Outside of her studies, she also represents Great Britain for American Football!

Sade's research interests include race, inclusion, and education policy, though she also has published research in relation to outdoor therapy and wellbeing.

Alessio D’Angelo : Impact and Engagement

Alessio D’Angelo

Impact and Engagement

University of Derby

Alessio is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Derby, where he co-directs the Centre for Criminology and Social Policy Research.

His research interests include migration, social inequalities and access to public services, with a particular focus on the role of Third Sector organisations. Most recently he has been working on EU and UK funded grants on school engagement, migration and education, diverse communities in changing urban settings, intra-European migration and refugee reception.

His work employs quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and he has particular expertise in Social Network Analysis (SNA). He is also Editor of the SPA journal Social Policy and Society.

Hayley Bennett : Awards

Hayley Bennett


Dr Bennett is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh.

Her research examines the design and delivery of UK social security, active labour market programmes, and anti-poverty initiatives. She has a particular interest in multi-level governance, devolution, and place-based inequalities. She predominately uses qualitative methodologies and specialises in collaborative and participatory research approaches.

Gideon Calder : Grants

Gideon Calder


Gideon is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy at Swansea University.

His main current research interests lie in three areas, which sometimes overlap: inequalities and social justice around families and childhood; ethics, including in research; and co-production.  He is co-editor of the journal Ethics and Social Welfare, and chair of the Newport Fairness Commission.

Alexandra Chapman : Membership Secretary

Alexandra Chapman

Membership Secretary

Ulster University

Alexandra Chapman is an Early Career Researcher and Lecturer at Ulster University School of Applied Social and Policy Studies.

Her research interests include adult social care, social security and devolution.

Naomi Finch : Marketing

Naomi Finch


University of York

Naomi is a lecturer in Social Policy at the University of York.

Her research interests focus on gender equality specifically related to work and care, and how welfare states shape, support and value care. She mainly focuses on intra-household care, how parents share care and work, and the implications of this both in terms of gender equality in the labour market, and other areas such as parental and child wellbeing and poverty. She specialises in micro and comparative quantitative analysis.

Elke Heins : Publications

Elke Heins


University of Edinburgh

Elke Heins is Lecturer in Social Policy and Deputy Director (Research) of the Graduate School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Her principle research area is comparative and European social policy. She is particularly interested in labour market and unemployment policy as well as well as the politics of health and wellbeing.

Carolyn Snell : Early Career Research (ECR)

Carolyn Snell

Early Career Research (ECR)

University of York

Carolyn Snell is a Reader in Social Policy at the University of York.  Carolyn holds  a degree in Politics and English Literature and an MA and PhD in Social Policy.

Carolyn's research and teaching focus on the relationship between the environment, justice, and social policy. Carolyn is co-chair of the SPA's Climate Justice and Social Policy Group.

Enrico Reuter : Teaching and Learning

Enrico Reuter

Teaching and Learning

University of York

Enrico is Lecturer in Public and Social Policy at the University of York.

His current research interests are in self-employment (and the wider context of changing wage-labour conditions and social protection systems), in public service reform (with a focus on the ideational underpinnings of reform trends), and in the crisis of liberal democracy (notably with respect to the principle of popular sovereignty).

Ewan Robertson : Communications

Ewan Robertson


University of Edinburgh

Ewan is a Teaching Fellow in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh.

Ewan also holds a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh. His thesis examined the driving forces behind the development of in-work benefit policies in France and the UK since the 1990s. His wider research interests include working-age social security, the interaction between labour markets and social security, comparative welfare state analysis, and the role of ideas in (social) policy-making.

Steve Rolfe : Strategy

Steve Rolfe


University of Stirling

Steve is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Stirling, having escaped to academia after 15 years in local government.

His research interests are quite diverse, including housing, health, local government and community participation. The common thread lies in evaluation methodology, focused on understanding causality in complex processes and systems.

Ellen Stewart : Conferences

Ellen Stewart


University of Strathclyde

Ellen is a Senior Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in Health Policy, in the School of Social Work & Social Policy.

Her research interests are in citizen participation in healthcare; critical approaches to evidence-based policy; and interpretive policy analysis.

Kate Summers : Impact and Engagement

Kate Summers

Impact and Engagement
London School of Economics
Kate is a Fellow in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics where she is also an associate of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.
Her research interests centre around poverty, economic inequality, and working-age social security policies in the UK context. She is also interested in the development and application of innovative qualitative research methods, including the use of deliberative and participatory approaches.
Janice Tripney : Internationalisation

Janice Tripney


University College London

Janice is Associate Professor of Social Policy at UCL (University College London).

She is the Programme Director for the MSc Social Policy and Social Research, Pathway Leader (Social Policy) for the UBEL (UCL, Bloomsbury and East London) Doctoral Training Partnership, and an editor of the journal London Review of Education. Key interests and publications include work on methods for research synthesis and research-policy relations.




Note: the chairs of our journal editorial boards are not members of the Social Policy Association executive. However given the importance of our journals for our activities and mission, we include their profiles here for informational purposes. The journals are represented on the executive via the publications portfolio.

Fiona Dukelow : Chair of the Editorial Board, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy

Fiona Dukelow

Chair of the Editorial Board, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy


Fiona Dukelow is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Research Associate with the Institute of Social Science in the 21st Century at University College, Cork.


Her research interests are in the areas of work and welfare and critical welfare theory. Her recent work in these areas includes researching the lived experience of welfare reform and eco-social policy reforms involving the work-welfare nexus.
Chris Holden : Chair of the Editorial Board, Journal of Social Policy

Chris Holden

Chair of the Editorial Board, Journal of Social Policy

University of York

Chris Holden is Professor of International Social Policy at the University of York, UK, where he is Director of the Centre for Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy (CRCG).

His research focuses on the impacts of the global economy and the activities of transnational corporations on health and welfare outcomes.

Mhairi Mackenzie : Chair of the Editorial Board, Social Policy and Society

Mhairi Mackenzie

Chair of the Editorial Board, Social Policy and Society


Mhairi is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow where her work focuses on discourses of health inequalities and the social determinants of health and on gender based violence.

She is also Deputy Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences where she has the pleasure of engaging with social science PhD research across the whole of Scotland.