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Graham Room is Professor of European Social Policy at the University of Bath.  He is author, co-author or editor of thirteen books, the most recent being Agile Actors on Complex Terrains: Transformative Realism and Public Policy (Routledge, 2016). He was Director of the Institute for Policy Research until December 2013.

He was Founding Editor of the Journal of European Social Policy and is a member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

  • Consultant to the European Commission in regard to the development of its social action programmes in the field of poverty and social exclusion (1979-85)
  • Coordinator, Evaluation of the Second European Programme to Combat Poverty (1985-9)
  • Coordinator, EU Observatory on National Policies to Combat Social Exclusion (1990-93)
  • Member of the Council of Europe Steering Group on Poverty and Marginalisation (1990-9)
  • Director of Studies and coordinator of a seven-nation consortium, delivering a Masters Degree in European Social Policy Analysis (1990-95)
  • Founder Editor, Journal of European Social Policy (1991-2000)
  • Special Adviser, House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1994)
  • Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Bath (1995-7)
  • Chair, University of Bath in Swindon Project Team, coordinating implementation of University’s academic plan for Swindon (2001-3)
  • Chair, International Assessment Board, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2006-7)

Over the years my research has spanned five broad themes:

This latest research is concerned with complexity theory and social dynamics and with the implications for policy analysis.  I retain a strong interest however – and a readiness to supervise research students – in the following areas

  • Complexity theory and social dynamics
  • Cross-national policy learning
  • Poverty and social exclusion
  • European and comparative social policy

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Room, G., 20 May 2020, In : Sociologica. 14, 1, p. 163-193 31 p.

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The Re-making of Europe: The Long View

Room, G., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of European Social Policy. 30, 1, p. 108-120 13 p.

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Brexit Beyond the Election

Room, G., 20 Dec 2019, The Federal Trust.

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Technology networks: the autocatalytic origins of innovation

Napolitano, L., Evangelou, E., Pugliese, E., Zeppini, P. & Room, G., 27 Jun 2018, In : Royal Society Open Science. 5, 6, p. 1-17 17 p., 172445.

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    British churches, participation and community development

    Author: Scofield, J., 1 May 2011

    Supervisor: Walter, J. (Supervisor), Room, G. (Supervisor) & Devine, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Governing Through Networks: Participation Dynamics in New Deal for Communities

    Author: Morgan-Trimmer, S., 1 Mar 2010

    Supervisor: Room, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Motivational responses to physical activity and dietary policies: translating success from the smoking context.

    Author: Juszczyk, D., 8 Apr 2015

    Supervisor: Gillison, F. (Supervisor), Room, G. (Supervisor) & Bauld, L. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Processes of Governing in European Networks

    Author: Kan, H., 1 Sep 2010

    Supervisor: Papadopoulos, T. (Supervisor), Room, G. (Supervisor) & Carmel, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Social networks, resilience and public policy: The role that support networks play for lone mothers in times of recession and austerity

    Author: Canton, J., 7 Oct 2015

    Supervisor: Room, G. (Supervisor) & Ridge, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD