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Research interests

Jane studied Social Psychology at the University of Sussex and worked in health and social care before completing her MA in Social and Public Administration at Brunel University. She worked as a researcher in the Department of Health and Social Security and then completed her doctorate in social policy at the University of York.

Following her first lectureship at the University of Ulster, Jane joined the University of Bath as a lecturer in social policy in 1988. She has held various posts at the University, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) 2008 - 2015).

Jane’s research interests include social security policy, family policy and the policy implications of family change. She has been a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee for Work and Pensions (2004 and 2007) and to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee (2020). She is Chair of the Trustees Child Poverty Action Group.

Jane was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2000 and as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2014.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Not currently

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Chair of Trustees, Child Poverty Action Group

2020 → …

Council member, The British Academy


Chair Grants Board C, Economic and Social Research Council


Chair REF Main Panel C, HEFCE


Chair Nomination Committee, Academy of Social Sciences


Chair, Social Policy Association



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