MSSP Launch Event!

Money, Security and Social Policy Launch Event

Thurs 2nd November
LSE PhD Academy, London

(Register here)

Are you a PhD student or an early career academic researching money, security, and social policy?

Are you interested in being part of a community that shares and discusses research, ideas, methods, data and more?

Then come to an exciting full-day launch event for a PhD and early career researcher network on all things Money, Security and Social Policy. The event will be held on Thursday, 2nd November, at the PhD Academy, London School of Economics.

The event will include keynotes from two highly experienced academics in the field:

  • Professor Jane Millar (Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath)
    Professor of Social Policy with research interests in social security and family policy, lone parents, employment and poverty. Publications include about 30 books, edited books and research reports; over 40 journal articles; over 60 book chapters; and over 150 conference/seminar papers. Jane is also elected chair of the Social Policy Association, chair of the nominations committee of the Academy of Social Sciences, and chair of one of the three inter-disciplinary Grant Assessment Panels of the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Dr Kitty Stewart (CASE, London School of Economics)
    Dr Stewart is Associate Director of CASE and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Policy, LSE. Her research interests include child poverty and disadvantage, international comparisons of policy and outcomes relating to poverty and inequality, and employment trajectories for low skilled workers.

In the morning session both speakers will discuss their work, the history and developments of research on money, security and social policy, and reflect on the relevance and nature of these themes today. They will also be available for a Q&A and more informal questions over lunch.

The afternoon session will include presentations by PhD students and early career researchers in a short snappy format. There will also be opportunities to break out into groups to discuss themes, each other’s research, and opportunities for collaboration. We will end by planning future activities of the network.

Lunch will be provided.

We want as many PhD students and early career researchers to give a short 5-7 minute presentation of their work as possible so please get in touch if you are interested! The presentations can be on anything. Contact us using the contact form or email us at .


The PhD academy is located on the fourth floor of the LSE Library (Lionel Robbins Building, LRB), 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.

Registration required:

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What is MSSP?

We are an SPA-supported network, interested in bringing together people with similar research interests to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, research and ideas.

The purpose of the network is to facilitate the sharing of ideas, knowledge and research on money, security and social policy across academic institutions in the UK and beyond; online and at events, seminars and workshops. The network aims to be open, inclusive and accessible. We want to learn not only from each other but from those with knowledge and expertise gained through experience. Members of the network are also connected with ‘mentors’ through workshops and events to help with research and ideas, as well as practical advice in careers and skills development. We aim to foster collaboration between researchers using online forums and face-to-face events. We also have an external presence via our blog and twitter account @msspuk

Sounds great, how can I get involved with the network straight away?

Join our Yammer group

For online communication – join our Yammer group! Have a click around – the idea of the group is to share news, events and to discuss research and ideas. In the ‘notes’ section you will find threads on ‘events’ and ‘reading’. On the home page, please scroll down and click ‘subscribe to this group by email’ to receive updates when someone posts to the group.

Put your biography on our blog

You’ll see on the blog that we have profiles of the group’s members. If you would like to be listed here, please send a short bio to and a link to your institutional profile and you’ll be added on. We hope this will mean that researchers with similar interests can find one another, as well as helping to make people’s work better known.

Contribute to the blog

If you would like to write a piece for the MSSP blog that would be great! Have a look on the yammer page under ‘files’, and you’ll see a ‘Blog Sign Up Sheet’. Add your name and blog idea there and the editor will be in touch. Otherwise get in touch with the editor at to discuss your idea.

Tweet about your work

Tweet what you’re thinking or working on @ the MSSP twitter account and again this can be a way of publicising and sharing your work!

Why do these themes matter?

Amid growing concerns about pervasive insecurity, and the policy contexts of austerity and Brexit Britain, there is a pressing need to deepen our understanding of the relationship between money, security and social policy. When people are able to obtain money and security they can establish the freedom to pursue their interests, invest in relationships, take care of themselves and their families and invest time and energy in their communities. Building on the work of many before us, we aim to keep money and security at the heart of social policy research.


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