Welcome to the University of Birmingham, MENASP Network!

Welcome to the University of Birmingham, MENASP Network!

Dear Colleagues and Partners,


It is a great pleasure to welcome the MENASP Network to the Birmingham School of Social Policy, along with Rana Jawad, who has recently joined us as Professor of Global Social Policy. The goals of the MENASP Network to bring policymakers and academics together to advance social policy align with our School’s shared purpose: to understand the world, and to work collaboratively to change it for the better. I very much hope that this collaboration will bring a renewed focus and depth about the MENA region to our portfolio of research studies.


Across the School and in the wider University, we have colleagues who are undertaking research and working with partners across the globe to explore issues of conflict, inequality, and the role of social policy. The School’s core research themes are: inequality and social justice; culture, migration and superdiversity; crime and social harm, and health and social care policy. We work in critical and interdisciplinary ways to explore policy and how it can make a difference to real people’s lives.


We hold regular research seminars, lectures, and workshops across the School, both from academic colleagues and those in policymaking or professional practice. We hope that members of your network will be able to join and engage with these.


Welcome to the Birmingham School of Social Policy!


Best wishes,



Professor Nicola Gale (she/her)

Head of the Birmingham School of Social Policy

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