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The Social Policy group in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh comprises 14 full-time staff, a number of research fellows and nearly 40 PhD researchers. We teach a range of combined degrees in social policy at undergraduate level, and run 8 dedicated taught postgraduate degrees, including the MSc Comparative Public Policy and the MSc Policy Studies. Our interdisciplinary team conducts research work in the fields of comparative public policy, comparative welfare state research, employment and labour market analysis, global and public health, family policy and criminal justice. Recent research projects and networks that members of the group have directed or participated in include

  •  Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe (RECWOWE) (European Commission FP6)
  • Sustainable Welfare and Sustainable Growth (Anglo-German Foundation)
  • Welfare Markets and Personal Risk Management (ESRC)


The Social Policy group organised the annual conference of the UK Social Policy Association in 2008 and 2009, and in 2012 will organise the 10th Anniversary Conference of the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet). The group also hosts the editorial office of the Journal of European Social Policy.


Daniel Clegg

Senior Lecturer, PhD (Social and Political Science). He has expertise in unemployment and labour market policy, worklessness and social exclusion, comparative welfare state analysis, and analysis of policy making and development in the field of social policy across countries. He was a member of the executive committee of the RECWOWE (2006-2011), and in 2012 was elected to the board of ESPAnet.

Hayley Bennett

Research Fellow, PhD (Social Policy). Hayley has expertise in researching UK economic development, regeneration and employment programmes and policies. She is an expert in the administration and marketisation of UK welfare-to-work programmes and has worked on a number of research projects which focussed on the delivery and administration of support programmes at the neighbourhood and city level.

Alexander Goerne

Research Fellow, PhD (Social Policy). He has expertise in the measuring of poverty and inequality, and has worked empirically on in-work-poverty in the European Union. Conceptually, he has written on the capability approach. He is an expert in British and German labour market policy, with a special research interest in policy responses towards long-term unemployment, as well as non-employment of lone parents and disabled persons.