Why Politics and Social Policy Matter for Shaping Humanitarian Assistance

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full article. There is a gross mismatch today between the large scope of humanitarian crises and the limited response of the international community. The recent escalation of armed conflicts, especially in Syria and Yemen, has led to… Continue reading Why Politics and Social Policy Matter for Shaping Humanitarian Assistance

Effective or Not? Investment in Early Childhood Education and Care England, France and Germany

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. This paper focuses on social investment in early childhood education and care (ECEC) – ‘childcare’, ‘nursery education’ or other ‘pre-school’ provision – in England, France and Germany. The provision of high quality childcare is seen as… Continue reading Effective or Not? Investment in Early Childhood Education and Care England, France and Germany

Critically Revisiting the Foundational Studies on Adverse Childhood Experiences

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research and policy have gained traction in the UK over the last decade. ACEs research, originating in USA in the 1990s has been reproduced in the UK, generating a movement in family and… Continue reading Critically Revisiting the Foundational Studies on Adverse Childhood Experiences

Food Bank Users in Britain are Dealing with Significant Housing Problems

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. The number of food parcels provided by Trussell Trust food banks (which account for about 60% of UK food banks) reached 1.6 million in 2018/19, a 26-fold increase since 2010/11. The cause of this increase has provoked… Continue reading Food Bank Users in Britain are Dealing with Significant Housing Problems

Active Labour Market Policies Are Not a Panacea

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full, open access article. Existing studies on the effectiveness of ALMPs show ambiguous results. To date, two main reasons are reported. First, varying degrees of effectiveness are reported. This differs between the various types of ALMPs and… Continue reading Active Labour Market Policies Are Not a Panacea