Jonathan Richard Bradshaw

Jonathan Richard Bradshaw, CBE FBA


Former affiliation
  • YO10 5DD

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research interests

Poverty, social security, living standards, child well-being, comparative social policy


Educational qualifications

1967                       B. Social Studies (Class 1 Hons), TrinityCollege, Dublin

1967                       MA (Philosophy) TrinityCollege, Dublin

1969                       MPhil (Social Administration), University of York

1978                       DPhil (Social Administration), University of York


Employment history

1981-2011              Professor of Social Policy, University of York

2011-2014              Professor of Social Policy, University of York (part-time)

2014-                     Professor of Social Policy, University of York (Emeritus)

2013-2015               Professor of Social Policy, Durham University (part-time)

2016-2017               Professorial Fellow, Durham University (part-time)

1994-1998              Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, University of York

1994-                      Associate Director of the Social Policy Research Unit

1988-1994               Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work.

2003-2007               Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work

1973-1987              (Founding) Director, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York.

1969-1973               Lecturer, Department of Social Administration and Social Work, University of York.

1968-1969              Research Fellow, Department of Social Administration and Social Work, University of York.



Other relevant experience

1968-2014          Chair of the Mnagement Committee of York Welfare Benefits Unit

1996-                   Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences

1999-2003             President of Foundation for International Studies in Social Security

1998-2016            Research Committee International Social Security Association

2001-2011             (Hon.) Director of the Family Budget Unit

2003-                   Advisor to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee

2003                    Member of the DWP Technical Working Group on measuring child poverty

2006                    Member or the JRF Technical Group on a Strategy for Child Poverty

2006                    Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on child poverty

2007-2014             Member of the Board of the International Society for Child Indicators

2007                    Commander of the British Empire (CBE)

2008                    Honorary Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

2008                    Chair of Nordforsk Scientific Advisory Board for REASSESS and Nordwel.

2010                    Fellow of the British Academy

2010                    Honorary Visiting Professor University of Oxford

2011                    Doctor of the University of Turku, Finland  (honoris causa)

2012                    Honorary Fellow, UNICEF UK

2012                    Trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group, Chair of Policy Committee

2015                    Honorary Visiting Professor, Durham University

2015                    Doctor of the University of Bath, (honoris causa)






Sally Baldwin The financial consequences of disablement in children 1982

Ken Cooke Determinants of the labour supply behaviour of families in long-term unemployment 1982


Jane Millar Lone parents, poverty and income support 1987


John Ernst  Whose utility? The social impact of public utility privatisation and regulation in Britain 1992


Peter Whiteford  Measuring the impact of social policy: a comparative analysis of the wellbeing of older people. 1994

Nina Oldfield The adequacy of foster care allowances. 1994

Autumn Yu The construction of low cost budget standards and their use in assessing the living standards of families on low income. 1994


Tony Eardley  A culture of survival: the construction and maintenance of household living standards in low-income self-employ 1997


Theodore Papadopoulos Welfare support for the unemployed: a comparative analysis of social policy responses to unemployment in twelve European 1998


Andrew Knops  Room for reason? An investigation of user-participation using a case study of Benefits Agency initiatives 1999

Christine Skinner The financial obligations of non-resident fathers and the implications for social policy. 1999


Majella Kilkey Lone mothers between paid work and care : the policy regime in twenty countries 2000

Michi Tokoro Comparative analysis of family policy in Japan and Britain. 2000


Paul Dornan Guaranteeing minimum income in old age? : means testing in the twenty-first century 2003


Maggie Lau Poverty & social exclusion in Hong Kong 2005


Naomi Finch Equalling the divide : a comparative perspective on gender equity, social policy and the family 2006

Dominic Richardson Childhood social capital and reading literacy achievement : a comparative analysis 2006


Eda Tahiraj Poverty and anti-poverty programmes in Albania 2007

Inyoung Jung Social assistance in Korea in comparative perspective 2007

Antonia Keung The impact of life events on the subjective well-being of young people: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey 2007


Jack Chen Student poverty in China : How to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds 2008


Diana Gimba Budget and poverty reduction in Nigeria 2009

Anaheley Medrano Elites, ideas and poverty in Mexico. 2009


Tony Lin Pensions in the Chinese community 2010

Yekaterina Chzhen Gender differences in earnings and occupational attainment in Europe 2010


Gill Main A child-derived material deprivation index

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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