Baroness Ruth Lister, CBE, FBA

BA Essex, MA Sussex, Hon LL.D, University of Manchester, Hon Dr, Uni. of Essex , D. Litt, Glasgow

  • Emeritus Professor of Social Policy

From 1971 to 1987 I worked for the Child Poverty Action Group, the last 8 years as director. I joined the Department of Social Sciences after 6 years as Professor and Head of Department of Applied Social Studies, Bradford University. Between 2005 and 2007 I spent some time at the University of Glasgow as the first Donald Dewar Visiting Professor of Social Justice. I retired in October 2010 and joined the House of Lords as a Labour peer in February 2011. I was elected hon president of CPAG in December 2010. I currently sit on the Joint Committee of Human Rights, the board of the Smith Institute and am vice-chair of the Fair Pay Network and a patron of JustFair. In the past I have sat on a number of independent commissions, the National Equality Panel and the Community Development Foundation, as well as numerous other voluntary organisation and research advisory committees. In 2010 I received a life-time achievement from the Social Policy Association. In 2005 I was co-recipient of the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education awarded to the university for its contribution to social policy.

There have been two main strands to my research: poverty (together with social security and the welfare state) and citizenship.  In both cases this has embraced theoretical, conceptual, empirical and policy analysis and has involved a strong gender dimension.  I am currently writing a second edition of my book on the conceptof poverty.

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My research on citizenship has focused on feminist perspectives as well as the citizenship of children and young people. 

  • Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives (translated into Chinese)
  • Poverty, (translated into Polish, Macedonian and Japanese)
  • Gendering Citizenship in Western Europe (with F. Williams and others)
  • Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy
  • Why Money Matters, co-edited with J. Strelitz
  • 'Investing in the citizens of the future: transformations in citizenship and the state under New Labour'
  • 'Young people talk about citizenship'
  • 'Inclusive citizenship: realising the potential'
  • 'Why citizenship: where, when and how children?'
  • 'A Nordic Nirvana? Gender, citizenship and social justice in the Nordic welfare states'