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School of Health and Society

Professor Lisa Scullion

Professor of Social Policy


Lisa is Associate Director at the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU). Over the last 12 years, Lisa has led and delivered research projects assessing the needs and experiences of a range of socially excluded/vulnerable communities. This includes a portfolio of projects assessing the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic communities (e.g. Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Central and Eastern European migrants, asylum seekers and refugees), homeless people and those experiencing welfare interventions. Lisa leads a dedicated Work and Welfare research group, and also the Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce.


Lisa supports teaching around social security and welfare for the social policy programmes. She is also currently supervising a number of PhD students, with projects focusing on welfare conditionality, housing, poverty and social exclusion.

Research Interests

Lisa's research focuses on social security policy and practice. She recently led the University of Salford’s involvement in a five year ESRC funded project focusing on welfare conditionality, and is currently leading a two year project funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) focusing the experiences of Armed Forces Service leavers within the social security system. Lisa leads the Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce, a research and knowledge exchange collaboration with Salford City Council. Through this Taskforce she is leading a programme of research and knowledge exchange activities to support Salford’s Anti-Poverty Strategy, including research focusing on poverty in the private rented sector, hidden young people, and the impact of Universal Credit in Salford.

Qualifications and Memberships

Lisa sits on the Editorial Board for the journal Social Policy & Society. She is a member of the Greater Manchester Poverty Action and the Salford Sanctions and Conditionality Task Force. She is also the University of Salford academic lead of the Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce; a research and knowledge exchange partnership with Salford City Council.


  • Scullion, L. (2018) ‘Sanctuary to Sanction: Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Welfare Conditionality in the UK’, Journal of Social Security Law, 25(3): 155-169.
  • Dwyer, P., Scullion, L., Jones, K. and Stewart, A.B. (2018) ‘The impact of conditionality on the welfare rights of EU migrants in the UK’, Policy & Politics, DOI: 10.1332/030557318X15296527346800
  • Harris, N, Ryffe, D, Scullion, L. and Stendahl, S (2017) 'Ensuring the right to education for Roma children: an Anglo-Swedish perspective' , International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 31(2): 230-267.
  • Martin, P., Scullion, L. and Brown, P. (2017) ''We don’t rely on benefits' : challenging mainstream narratives towards Roma migrants in the UK', in: Social Policy Review , 29 , Bristol: Policy Press: 199-217. Scullion, L., Somerville, P., Brown, P., and Morris, G. (2015)
  • ‘Changing homelessness services: revanchism, ‘professionalisation’ and resistance’, Health and Social Care in the Community, 23(4): 419-427.
  • Scullion, L. Dwyer, P., Lewis, H and Waite, L. (2014) ‘Exploring the link between immigration status and forced labour in the UK’ in Hoang, K & Parrenas, R (eds), Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Migration and Forced Labor.
  • Scullion, L. and Pemberton, S. (2013) ‘The UK migrant cap, migrant mobility and employer implications’, International Migration, doi: 10.1111/imig.12068.

Postgraduate research

  • Social security
  • Welfare reform
  • Universal Credit
  • Military veterans
  • Migrants