The SPA is proud to support three leading international academic journals. Members can access current and back catalogue issues of each journal by logging in to the membership platform SPA Online.

Journal of Social Policy

Journal of Social Policy

The Journal of Social Policy carries high quality articles on all aspects of social policy in an international context. It places particular emphasis upon articles which seek to contribute to debates on the future direction of social policy, to present new empirical data, to advance theories, or to analyse issues in the making and implementation of social policies.

Current Editors: Jan Eichhorn University of Edinburgh, UK , Elke Heins University of Edinburgh, UK and Jay Wiggan University of Edinburgh, UK. Contact:

Social Policy and Society

Social Policy and Society

Social Policy and Society is an international academic journal sponsored by the UK Social Policy Association. The journal welcomes stimulating original articles that draw upon contemporary policy-related research and associated developments in the social sciences. Each issue contains peer reviewed articles reflecting topical debates and issues within social policy and uniquely, a themed section, edited by a Guest Editor(s). Every themed section includes an introductory piece, a set of peer reviewed articles, a selected review of the key literature, plus a guide to key sources in the area.

Current Editors: Dr Ruby C. M. Chau University of Nottingham, UK, and Dr Alessio D’Angelo University of Nottingham, UK contact:

Listen to the inaugural Social Policy and Society lecture by Stephen Crossley and Michael Lambert here

Listen to the second Social Policy and Society Lecture by Izabela Grabowska here

Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy

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The Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy welcomes articles on all dimensions of comparative and international social policy. Papers will enhance and develop theoretical, empirical and methodological insights and knowledge in the field and a greater understanding of different welfare systems and policy actors operating nationally and internationally. We welcome papers that are comparative and/or international in scope including those that focus on national, world regional or global social policies. Country case studies that locate national welfare systems within a comparative or international context are also welcome. Articles may deal with policy processes as well as welfare outcomes and cover the full range of the ‘welfare mix’ within social policy.

Editors: Stefan Kühner, Lingnan University, Hong Kong; Ijin Hong, Sun Yat-sen University, People’s Republic of China; Markus Ketola, University of Edinburgh, UK; Antonios Roumpakis, University of York, UK.

Social Policy Digest (Archive)

Social Policy Digest

The Social Policy Digest was a major online resource providing listings of developments across the whole range of social policy issues between 2002 and 2014. The Digest was published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Social Policy Association. In addition to full coverage of UK developments, the Digest has a new section (December 2010) dealing with pan-European social policy issues. The Digest is a freely accessible resource. Simply go to The Social Policy Digest page. The database of material dates back to 2002 – by the end of 2011 it contained over 33,000 separate items.