I joined the university in 2016, having previously taught at the University of South Wales. After a PhD in philosophy, my work has grown to focus on the intersection between theory and practice in various areas of contemporary policy and social concern, most recently on social mobility, the family, childhood, disability and the ethics of care.  I am author or editor of nine books and over thirty articles, and have supervised several PhD theses to completion.

In 2010 I helped set up the South Wales Equality Group, a broad-based organisation committed to campaigning for greater awareness of the social costs of increasing income inequality.  I have been a member of the Newport Fairness Commission since its inception in 2012, and am a former Trustee of the Bevan Foundation. I am a Fellow of the RSA, and also co-edit the journal Ethics and Social Welfare

Areas of Expertise

  • social and political theory
  • professional ethics
  • social justice
  • social mobility
  • childhood
  • families
  • well-being policy
  • ethics of care
  • life chances
  • co-production

Publications

  1. Family autonomy and class fate. Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 3(2), 131-149.
  2. Local natures? Climate change, beliefs, facts and norms. Climatic Change 133(3), 525-533.
  3. 'Of course we do': inequality, the family and the spell of social mobility. Soundings: a journal of politics and culture(64), 117-127.
  4. Les familles, dans la philosophie normative, entre groupes et individus. Raisons Politiques 66
  5. Competence, Ethical Practice and Professional Ethics Teaching. Ethics and Social Welfare 9(3), 297-311.

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Teaching

  • ASP100 The Sociology of Social Policy

    This module aims to provide an introduction to the subject of social policy from a sociological perspective and to provide a basic understanding of the origins, organisation, operations and outcomes of welfare institutions. The module explores the meaning of social policy and introduces students to sociological conceptualisations of the social construction of social problems, human needs, citizenship rights and equalities. It then considers key areas of the welfare system including education, health, social care, housing and social security, through a sociological lens.

  • ASP106 The Politics of Social Policy

    The module studies contemporary UK Social Policy through a political lens. It will examine the development of the modern welfare state and welfare reform rhetoric of governments from 1944 until the present day. It also provides an introduction to some theoretical explanations which will help students understand and interpret the historical developments of state welfare provisions in the UK, and introduces students to some of the most recent new directions of thinking in Social Policy such as the impact of globalisation on politics, policy and welfare.

  • ASP201 Models of Social Policy: Politics and Philosophy

    This module aims to further develop students¿ knowledge of, and interest in, key concepts and theories of welfare, and the major debates on the role and function of Social Policy and social welfare in contemporary society (as were introduced at level 4 in ASP101 and ASP106). It will broaden students¿ understanding of the range of approaches that have underpinned the development of welfare in the UK, and deepen awareness of various critiques of the welfare state.

  • ASP253 Family Policy

    The aim of this module is to develop student¿s knowledge and understanding of family policy, and the challenges it faces in relation to social, demographic and political change. The module offers students an introduction to basic concepts and theories underpinning family and family policy, and provides topical examples of contemporary issues facing families.

  • ASP255 Equality, Diversity and Citizenship

    This module explores the important concept of citizenship and its applications in social policy. It does this by examining equality and diversity policies, focusing on different theoretically-driven debates about the need for, and impact of, such policies. Building on level 4 social policy modules, students will also have the opportunity to gain more understanding of key concepts such as rights, justice, fairness and equality. As a further aim, the module sets out to help students develop a critical awareness of issues associated with applying equality and diversity policies in the workplace and to the topic of asylum. A particular focus is given to recent legislation dealing with age discrimination, and comparisons are drawn with other national contexts.

  • ASP300 Dissertation in Social Policy

    The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to analyse and report on a social policy question of their own choosing.

  • ASP305 Advocacy, Rights and Representation

    Advocacy has been increasingly recognised within Social Policy as being a means of securing and exercising the rights of citizens, particularly those subject to discrimination, marginalisation and abuse. This module explores conceptual, ethical, policy and practice perspectives of advocacy. The influence of social movements in the development of advocacy is considered, along with official policy responses of Government and professionals. Whilst the focus is upon developments in the UK, examples are also drawn from North America and Scandinavia. The module examines advocacy with a variety of social groups, including children, disabled adults and older people; settings such as care homes and hospitals; and situations such as instances of abuse and making decisions or choices.

  • PPS306 Youth and Later Life: Opportunities for Policy and Practice

    This module aims to explore issues surrounding the experience and treatment of young and older people in contemporary society, in Wales and beyond and responses to those issues in current social policy and practice. It looks at these two stages of the lifespan in terms of a series of social priorities, including education, health, the justice system, advocacy services, housing provision, and social care legislation. A key theme throughout is inclusion: how best we can ensure that both young and older people are engaged, supported and represented in decision-making.