Social Policy teaching in HE

This week we are launching our survey on Social Policy teaching in the UK. Please share and – if you teach Social Policy in UK universities or colleges – please take part! For info, follow the link below. This survey is part of the third study in a series of five-yearly reviews commissioned by the Social Policy Association (SPA). The study aims to provide a platform for social policy teaching staff to share their views on the issues and challenges they are facing at work. By comparing the findings with the previous studies conducted in 2011 and 2016, the study will enable the observation of changes in the discipline over time and potential trends in the future. The data will be used by the SPA to develop strategies in supporting the teaching and learning of social policy.

For further info and to take part:

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‘Race’ in Social Policy Teaching

Our International Centre for Public and Social Policy (icPSP, University of Nottingham) is hosting a day-long event on ‘Race’ in Social Policy Teaching and Learning”. That’s on Friday 30th May 2022. The event is sponsored by the Social Policy Association (SPA) – and you can join either online or on-site. Visit the event webpage (click here) for further information.

The event builds on our recent Social Policy and Society special issue, guest edited by Bankole Cole, Gary Craig, and Nasreen Ali.

Linking-up with the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre

I am really pleased to announce that I am now an associate member of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre. I look forward to more collaborative work between our icPSP (international centre of Public and Social Policy) at Nottingham University and colleagues at London Metropolitan University! Thanks to prof. Louise Ryan and Dr. María Encarnación López for getting me on board.

‘Race’ Learning and Teaching in Social Policy

As editors of Social Policy and Society (SPS), Ruby Chau and I are extremely pleased to announce a special issue of Social Policy and Society on “Race’, Learning and Teaching in Social Policy”. Guest-edited by Bankole Cole, Gary Craig and Nasreen Ali, the issue builds on a study previously commissioned by the SPA (Social Policy Association) on the lack of a ‘race’ dimension in social policy learning and teaching. As stated by the guest editors: “This collection is an important contribution to the decolonisation of the curriculum in social policy and offers detailed examples of work going on in universities to challenge the racism still underpinning much university teaching”.

The special issue is open access till May 2022. To access click here.

Dossier Statistico Immigrazione

The 2021 edition of the Dossier Statistico Immigrazione IDOS is launched today in Rome. I am contributing with a chapter on ‘Migration in the European Union’. Also, I am delighted to announce that, after several years of collaboration with IDOS, I have been elected as a member of its the Scientific Committee.

Further information about the Dossier Statistico Immigrazione – and other IDOS initiatives – available here:

Migrant students in the UK pandemic – Research Brief

Lockdowns and school closures in response to Covid-19 have impacted on all students in the UK, but have also acted as multipliers of educational inequalities. Among the most vulnerable are newly arrived migrant children, as they tend to be less familiar with the educational system and life in the country. Some migrant and refugee students also face challenges due to language barriers, limited resources and, in many cases, the traumatic personal experiences of migration.

This research brief contributes to addressing the information gaps about the impact of the UK pandemic on migrant students in primary and secondary schools; the responses and practices implemented by schools and other local actors; the potential ways forward at the level of policy and practice.

This document stems from an ongoing collaboration between me and Dr Chiara Manzoni at NIESR (National Institute of Economic and Social Research), and its informed from papers we presented at the Learning for Citizenship conference last May 2021. To download the report click here.

CfP – A debate on the Welfare State for the next 20 years

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, as editors of Social Policy and Society we are calling for proposals for Themed Sections under the title ‘Towards the Centenary of the Beveridge Report: a debate on the Welfare State for the next 20 years’.

The aim of the series is to enrich and enhance the current welfare state debate by injecting new energy and new insights. We welcome topics that critically reflect on any under- or unexplored dimensions in contemporary literature or new areas which would be important to the debate in the next decades. The series will be published in 2022 – 2024.

For further information click here.

Discussing social networks in migration studies

It’s nice to see my work on refugees’ social networks featured in a recent COMPAS blog by Kirsten McCollum (What do we know about social networks under forced migration? Recent scholarship and new directions for research).

I am also looking forward to our panel on some of these issues at the forthcoming IMISCOE conference (7-9 July 2021): ‘Qualitative network analysis for migration studies: beyond metaphors and epistemological pitfalls’. The panel is informed by a forthcoming special issue of Global Networks edited by Janine Dahinde and Louise Ryan.

Social Networks and Lockdown

DiPLab online seminar with Louise Ryan and me, next June 16th. For further information:

Our bi-monthly DiPLab online seminar will welcome Dr Alessio D’Angelo (Univ. Nottingham) and Prof Louise Ryan (London Metropolitan Univ.) for a talk on the impact of Covid19 restrictions upon social networks of relationality and support. The seminar will be held online on the platform Big Blue Button. To receive the link, please register by sending an email with your full name and institutional affiliation at:

Social Policy and Society annual lecture and editorial launch

Ruby Chau and I are delighted to host the Social Policy and Society annual event next June 15th. As well as launching our editorship of this journal, the event includes a special lecture by Zoë Irving and Kevin Farnsworth on ‘Austerity, toxicity, hostility: welfare states and the lost decade’. For further information and to book a place visit: