SPA announces four new Social Policy Groups

Following the call circulated earlier this summer, the Social Policy Association (SPA) is delighted to announce that four new Social Policy Groups have been approved for a 2-year period (on first instance).

The new groups are: ‘Family policy’, ‘Pensions policy’, ‘Tax policy’ and ‘Social Harm’. These will work alongside the three existing groups on ‘Employment Policy’, ‘Housing Policy’ and ‘Climate Justice’.

The expansion of the SPA Social Policy Groups initiative builds on the successful experience of the past three years. The groups were launched in 2021 to support the Social Policy Association in advancing research, teaching and dissemination in the field of Social Policy.

In particular, the groups work collaboratively to review policy developments in key policy areas (both in the UK and internationally), organise events to stimulate academic and public debates, form the basis of networks to bring together SPA members, and produce materials for social policy students and teachers. You can access teaching resources produced by some of the policy groups so far here.

Further details about the new policy groups and information about their planned activities for this academic year will be available on the SPA website in the coming weeks, following a kick-off meeting in late November.