BiographyGraham Room is Professor of European Social Policy at the University of Bath.
He has had substantial experience in leading international research teams in European social policy. He coordinated the evaluation of the Second European Programme to Combat Poverty (1985-89) on behalf of DG Employment, managing a budget of £1 million. He also coordinated the EU Observatory on National Policies to Combat Social Exclusion (1990-93). In 2001-4 he led the University of Bath team within the NESIS project for FP5, concerned with statistical indicators of the new economy.
During 1990-95 he was Director of a seven-nation consortium delivering a Masters Degree in European Social Policy Analysis, which had ESRC research training recognition.
Some of his other roles have included:
• Member of the Council of Europe Steering Group on Poverty and Marginalisation (1990-9)
• Founder Editor, Journal of European Social Policy (1991-2000)
• Special Adviser, House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1994)
• Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Bath (1995-7)
• Chair, International Assessment Board, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2006-7)
• Founding Director, University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (2011-2013).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Over the years his research has spanned four broad themes:
• Welfare States and Social Policies (1979-2004)
• Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe (1979-2007)
• Social Dimension of the Knowledge Economy (2001-2004)
• Agile Actors on Complex Terrains (2008-present)
This latest research is concerned with complexity theory and social dynamics and with the implications for policy analysis.