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School of Health and Society

Dr Lisa Scullion

Reader in Social Policy


Lisa is Associate Director at the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU). Over the last 11 years at SHUSU, 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. She leads SHUSUs dedicated Work and Welfare research group.


Lisa is currently supervising three PhD students, with projects focusing on welfare conditionality, housing, poverty and social exclusion.

Research Interests

Lisa's research focuses on welfare and work. She is currently leading the University of Salford’s involvement in a five year ESRC funded project focusing on welfare conditionality as well as leading a two year project funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) focusing the experiences of Armed Forces Service leavers within the mainstream 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 delivering a number of projects to support Salford’s Anti-Poverty Strategy including research focusing on poverty in the private rented sector and the impact of the benefit cap.

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 Group and the Salford Sanctions and Conditionality Task Force. She is currently leading the University’s involvement in the Salford City Council Anti-Poverty Taskforce


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.

Martin, P, Scullion, L and Brown, P 2017, ''We don’t rely on benefits' : challenging mainstream narratives towards Roma migrants in the UK ~ P. Martin, L. Scullion and P. Brown' , in: Social Policy Review , Social policy review, 29 , Policy Press at the University of Bristol, UK, pp. 199-217.

McNeill, J, Scullion, L., Jones, KE and Stewart, A 2017, 'Welfare conditionality and disabled people in the UK: claimants' perspectives' , Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.

Scullion, L, Somerville, P, Brown, P and Morris, GJ 2015, 'Changing homelessness services : revanchism, ‘professionalisation’ and resistance' , Health & Social Care in the Community, 23 (4) , pp. 419-427.

Scullion, L and Pemberton, S 2013, 'The UK migrant cap, migrant mobility and employer implications' , International Migration, 53 (2) , pp. 291-302.  

Complete list of publications

Postgraduate research

  • Welfare conditionality
  • Wwelfare reform
  • Poverty
  • Social exclusion
  • Employment support