Social policies and distributional outcomes in a changing Britain:

Past Events

What difference does devolution make for social policies and distributional outcomes?

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Speakers: Mark Stephens, Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Ruth Lupton

Devolution is an increasingly important element of the landscape for social policy making in Britain and is resulting in increased divergence in social policies with potential implications for social inequalities within and across the four countries of the UK. This seminar brought together and examined recent research findings on both country-level devolution and city/region devolution and discussed the implications of the new and emerging devolved powers for social policies and distributional outcomes...

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Higher education policy, spending and outcomes

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Speakers: Abigail McKnight and Polina Obolenskaya

Higher education has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last few decades. The shift from an elite system to what is approaching a mass higher education system has been accompanied by radical changes to the way in which Higher Education is funded. A system of grants to Higher Education providers and students has been replaced by fees and loans, with today's undergraduates set to payback, on average, £50,000 and the highest earners closer to £100,000. A large proportion of students will not payback all they borrow and therefore their higher education will be subsidised by tax payers and higher earning graduates...

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What does Brexit mean for social policy in the UK?

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Speakers: Wednesday 21st November 2018

The first part of the seminar will present findings from the forthcoming paper which explores the potential consequences of the EU referendum result for social policy in Britain. Written while negotiations continue, with future relationships highly uncertain, we seek to map the ways that Brexit may affect social policy, inequalities and social rights. The second part considers the more direct ways in which Brexit may affect aspects of social policy and inequalities...

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Physical safety and Security: Policies, spending and outcomes

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Speakers: Nicola Lacey and Kerris Cooper

Whilst the provision of safety and security is most readily associated with the state's responsibility for the criminal justice system, safety and security in any meaningful sense in fact depends on the effective design and implementation of a wide range of social policies. We begin with a contextual overview of the development of safety and security since the 1980's. We then move to the most recent period from 2015 focussing on five areas: interpersonal violence; the prison system; hate crime; race and the criminal justice system; and violence against women and girls. ...

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Inequalities across critical areas of life: Looking back over two decades

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Speakers: John Hills, Polina Obolenskaya, Polly Vizard, Kerris Cooper and Kritty Treebhoohun

This seminar examines whether social progress across critical areas of life has slowed down and stalled in the second decade of the 21st century. Findings from the first work-stream of the SPDO research programme - which examines the evolution of inequalities in outcomes across multidimensional domains, by characteristics including age, gender, disability, ethnicity, socio-economic group and area, over the first two decades of the 21st century - will be presented at this seminar...

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