Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Daniel Edmiston

Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy

I joined the School in March 2017 as a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy. Prior to this, I worked for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE and the University of Oxford. My research is academic and applied in nature, covering key areas of critical social policy, political science and economic sociology.

I am principally interested in the political economy of welfare, social citizenship and inequality. I have undertaken national and comparative research drawing on mixed-methods approaches to critically examine the distributional and discursive effects of social policy and welfare politics. I also have affiliated interests in welfare pluralism and public service reform across domestic and international contexts.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of poverty, inequality and social difference
  • Public attitudes, welfare politics and social citizenship
  • Comparative social policy and public service reform
  • The political economy of welfare
  • Social divisions of welfare over time
  • Welfare reform and activation policy
  • Distributional analysis of social security
  • Welfare pluralism, innovation and ‘public’ social services


At both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, I currently teach in specialist areas across social policy and sociology. For 2017/18, I am the module convenor for ‘Social Policy: Poor Laws to Present’ and ‘Inequalities: Exploring Causes, Consequences and Interventions’.

PhD Supervision

I would be glad to consider proposals from candidates interested in pursuing postgraduate research in an area that aligns with my own research interests. Please email me if you would like to explore this.



Edmiston, D. (2018) Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenship: Deprivation and Affluence in Austerity Britain, Bristol: Policy Press

Journal Articles

Edmiston, D. and Nicholls, A. (2017) Social Impact Bonds: The Role of Private Capital in Outcome-based Commissioning, Journal of Social Policy, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279417000125

Edmiston, D. and Humpage, L. (2017) Resistance or Resignation to Welfare Reform? The Activist Politics for and Against Social Citizenship, Policy and Politics, https://doi.org/10.1332/030557316X14802575969590

Edmiston, D. (2017) ‘How the Other Half Live’: Poor and Rich Citizenship in Austere Welfare Regimes, Social Policy and Society, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000580

Von Jacobi, N., Edmiston, D., and Ziegler, R. (2017) Tackling Marginalisation through Social Innovation? Examining the EU Social Innovation Policy Agenda from a Capabilities Perspective, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, http://doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2016.1256277

Book Chapters

Edmiston, D. (2015) Deprivation and Social Citizenship: the objective significance of lived experience. In International Mixed Methods Research in Poverty and Vulnerability, K. Roelen, and L. Camfield, Eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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