The PSA Social Policy and Politics Specialist Group promotes the study of social policy with reference to political science debates and methods. The group focuses on core social policy concerns such as health, housing, criminal justice, benefits, social care and pensions, yet its theoretical and methodological approaches are heterodox, reflecting diversity within the PSA and field of social policy. Members tend to be interested in debates about political economy, facilitating study of social policy in the context of wider debates within political science.




The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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Thomas Prosser

Role: Convenor
Institution: Cardiff University

Giga Giorgadze

Role: Treasurer
Institution: Kings College London


Chris O'Leary

Role: Social Media Officer
Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University



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