Social policies and distributional outcomes in a changing Britain:

Meet the team

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Dr Polly Vizard

Polly Vizard is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow and an Associate Director of CASE. Polly is the Principal Investigator on the programme, and, jointly with John Hills, is responsible for co-ordinating the management and delivery of the overall programme. Polly’s research within the SPDO programme focuses on distributional outcomes, subjective experiences, health, the integration of findings and overall conclusions for the period 2015-2020, and the assessment of twenty-five years of social policies.

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Professor Sir John Hills

John Hills is a co-director of the International Inequalities Institute, LSE and Chair of CASE. John is a co-Investigator on the project and, jointly with Polly Vizard, he is responsible for co-ordinating the management and delivery of the overall programme. John’s research within the SPDO programme focusses on distributional outcomes, social security and general housing policy, integration of findings and reflecting on the twenty-five years of social and policy change.

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Dr Tania Burchardt

Tania Burchardt is Associate Director of CASE, Deputy Director of STICERD, and an Associate Professor in Social Policy at LSE. Tania is a co-investigator on the SPDO programme and is working on social attitudes and subjective experiences, distributional outcomes, adult social care, public and private welfare, and on reflections on the twenty-five years of social and policy change.

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Dr Abigail McKnight

Abigail McKnight is Director at CASE. Abigail is a co-investigator on the SPDO programme and her contributions to the programme include outputs on social mobility, higher education; employment; and on overall reflections on the twenty-five years of social and policy change.

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Dr Kitty Stewart

Kitty Stewart is an Associate Director at CASE and an Associate Professor in Social Policy as LSE. Kitty is a co-investigator with a particular focus on early years and the social policy implications of Brexit. Kitty is also involved in the overall assessment of twenty-five years of social and policy change.

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Dr Polina Obolenskaya

Polina Obolenskaya is a Research Fellow at CASE and one of the two main analysts on the programme. She is working on distributional outcomes as well as on various policy areas including health; adult social care; compulsory age (5 to 18) education and higher education. Polina is also contributing to the integration of findings, overall assessment and conclusions as well as working on reflecting on twenty-five years of social and policy change.

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Dr Kerris Cooper

Kerris Cooper is a Research Fellow at CASE and one of the two main analysts on this programme. Her work has a particular focus on attitudes and subjective experiences. She is also working across a number of areas of social policy, including social security and general housing policy; early years; employment; safety and security; social policy implications of Brexit; English city and regional devolution. Kerris is also contributing to the integration of findings, and overall assessment and conclusions as well as working on reflecting on twenty-five years of social and policy change.

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Dr Eleni Karagiannaki

Eleni Karagiannaki is Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at CASE. Eleni is developing a bespoke inequalities analysis programme in STATA to support SPDO research on distributional outcomes, social attitudes and subjective experiences.

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Professor Nicola Lacey

Nicola Lacey is Professor of Law, Gender and Policy at LSE. Nicola is taking the lead on physical safety and security.

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Dr Isabel Shutes

Isabel Shutes is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Policy, LSE and Associate at CASE. Isabel is working with Kitty Stewart and Kerris Cooper on the social policy implications of Brexit.

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Professor Ruth Lupton

Ruth Lupton is Professor of Education and a Head of Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor at CASE. Ruth’s contributions to the programme focus on compulsory education (age 5-18) and English city / regional devolution.

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Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick

Suzanne Fitzpatrick is a Professor of Housing and Social Policy at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Her particular focus within the SPDO programme is on homelessness and complex needs. She is also involved in work on country level devolution.

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Professor Glen Bramley

Glen Bramley is a professor of Urban Studies at the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Glen will be working with Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Mark Stephens and will provide input on the country level devolution module and on homeless/complex needs.

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Professor Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens is Professor of Public Policy, I-SPHERE and Director of The Urban Institute at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Within this project, he is taking the lead on country level devolution.

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Dr Lindsey Macmillan

Lindsey Macmillan is Professor of Economics at the UCL Institute of Education and Visiting Fellow at CASE. Lindsey will be working with Abigail McKnight on social mobility outcomes.

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Ms Mary Reader

Mary Reader is Research Officer at CASE. Mary is working with Kitty Stewart on early childhood policy and with Tania Burchardt on public and private welfare activity.