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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 was Head of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences (1997 – 2000), Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2003 to 2005), Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Development) (2006 - 2008) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) 2008 - 2015).

Jane’s own research interests include social security policy, family policy and the policy implications of family change. She has been a Special 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 Vice-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

External positions

Vice-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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