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Simon Roberts

Associate Professor of Public and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Simon joined Nottingham University as Associate Professor of Public and Social Policy in August 2013. He was formerly Assistant Director/Acting Director at the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. He has more than 20 years experience of applied social research including wide experience of designing and managing large-scale national and international qualitative and quantitative projects many of which combine the two approaches. For the last 16 years he has been (variously) UK National Expert and Member of the Editorial Board on the European Commission's Observatory on Social Security for Migrant Workers and UK National Expert, a Visiting International Expert and member of the Think Tank and the pool of Analytic Experts on the European Commission's Training and Reporting on European Social Security (trESS) network and is now the UK National Expert and a Visiting International Expert on the European Commission's Free Movement of Workers and Social Security Coordination (FreSsco) network of experts. He was a Senior EU Expert on the EU-China Social Security Reform Co-operation Project, a Senior EU Expert on the EU programme providing technical assistance for capacity building in social security in Turkey under the EU Accession Process and the Social Acquis; and a Thematic Expert on the European Commission's 15 country study of discrimination in social security on grounds of gender, age, disability, race or ethnic origin, sexual orientation and religion. He has led and worked on several evaluations for UK government departments including two of the Disability Discrimination Act for the Department for Work and Pensions and most recently an evaluation of the Equality Act 2010 for the Home Office and a study of the equality impact of recent welfare reforms for the Equality and Human Rights Commission as well as a study of benefit take-up in Europe for Eurofound. He leads the International Centre for Public and Social Policy at Nottingham and is a member of the University's Governance and Public Policy (GaPP) Priority Area Management Team; Co-Investigator - leading the Policy Stream - on the Leverhulme Sustainable Urban Habitats programme; Nottingham PI on the fourth in a series of cross-national studies for Ireland's National Disability Authority; and a member of a European Regional Development Fund project to support local SMEs evaluate the economic and social impacts of their activities.

Selected Publications

  • SIMON ROBERTS, 2016. ‘The Xenophobe’s Phrase Book’ in Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Arbeits- und Sozialrecht. 185-201
  • COUSINS, M., PENNINGS, F., ROBERTS, S. AND STAFFORD, B., 2016. Comparative systems of assessment of illness or disability for the purposes of adult social welfare payment: Carers.: A report for the National Disability Authority of Ireland.
  • COUSINS, M., ROBERTS, S. AND STAFFORD, B., 2016. Comparative systems of assessment of illness or disability for the purposes of adult social welfare payments: Incapacity for Work.: A report for the National Disability Authority of Ireland.
  • SIMON ROBERTS, 2015. ‘Is Cameron hoist with his own referendum petard?’ Discover Society.
  • ROBERTS, S. AND STAFFORD, B., 2015. ‘The reality of co-production: a case study of a deprived area’ In: Re-inventing public service funding and forms, Shaping the future - Re-invention or revolution? International Research Society for Public Management Conference 2015, University of Birmingham, 30 March - 1 April 2015..
  • ROBERTS, S. AND STAFFORD, B., 2015. ‘Equality and welfare reform: Why the UK government doesn’t know if its welfare reforms promote equality’ In: Inequalities in the United Kingdom: Perceptions, Actions, Evolutions at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 10 and 11 April, 2015..
  • PERREN, K., ROBERTS, S., STAFFORD, B. and HIRSCH, D., 2012. Evaluation of the Implementation of the Equality Act 2010: Report 1 - Organisational Approaches to Equality Government Equalities Office.
  • PERREN, K, ROBERTS, S. STAFFORD, B. AND HIRSCH, D., 2012. Evaluation of the Implementation of the Equality Act 2010: Report 2 - Awareness and Impact of the Equality Act. Stationery Office.
  • PERREN, K, ROBERTS, S. STAFFORD, B. AND HIRSCH, D, 2012. Evaluation of the Implementation of the Equality Act 2010: Report 3 – Disputes and Challenges Stationery Office.
  • JORENS, Y., LHERNOULD J-P., AND ROBERTS, S, 2011. Handbook on European Social Security Law: Technical Assistance for Capacity Building of Social Security in Turkey. European Commission/Ministry of Social Security, Ankara.
  • SIMON ROBERTS, 2009. A Short History of Social Security Coordination’ In 50 Years of Social Security Coordination' Publications Office of the European Union. (ISBN 978-92-79-14867-5)
  • ROBERTS, S., 2008. “Hard working immigrants welcome”: social security for Polish migrants in the UK Polityka Społeczna. 2008(11-12 (416-417)), 6-12

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