Reader in European Public Sociology and Social Policy

Psychology and Sociology

Division: Psychology and Sociology

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Dr Marion Ellison (Ph.D., PGdip, BA (Hons) is a Reader in European Public Sociology and Social Policy in the Psychology and Sociology Division. She is also a member of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences and the Centre for Dialogue & Public Engagement.

  • Overview
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  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

Dr Marion Ellison is a Reader in European Public Sociology and Policy. Her specialisms include comparative social policy and welfare in Europe, work and employment in Europe, multi-level governance in Europe, comparative child care law, policy and practice in Europe comparative professional social work and comparative public management and governance. 

Marion is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the EU (FP7) INSPIRES (Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe) Project, Permanent Partner for Scotland and Leader of Work Package Seven being responsible for the co-ordination of the final report to European Commission informing EU 2020 recommendations and a series of policy briefs to national and local governments across Europe. She is also an active member of ESPANET (European Network for Social Policy Analysis; The SPA (Social Policy Association); EURAM, (European Academy of Management) and The European Political Science Association (EPSA).

Her forthcoming book with Edward Elgar 'Youth Vulnerability, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Europe: Policy Lessons and Innovations for Improving Young People's Transitions into Work' (2017) examines the impact of social and employment policies adopted after the 2008 financial crisis on young people across Europe. . Forthcoming publications also include her journal article ‘Work and youth transitions in a post-Brexit Europe in Kennett, P, Izuahara, M and Farnsworth, K, After the UK EU Referendum: What next for social policy? Journal of Social Policy,  Policy Press and her co-edited volume on ‘The resilience of European labour markets; towards innovative and inclusive labour markets in Europe’ with Policy Press.   Marion has also recently acted as guest editor for The Journal of Social Policy (Policy Press) and International Social Security Review (Wiley International) 

Marion was educated at the Universities of Durham and Northumbria and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She lectures in Public Sociology and Policy and has been engaged in research and consultancy work at European governmental level as well as in public, private and voluntary sectors at national and local authority level.   With an integrated approach to teaching and research, she has developed a European social policy stream within the current Public Sociology BSc (Hons) Degree and the Sociology and Psychology BSc (Hons) programme offered at Queen Margaret University. Modules within this stream include European Social Policy and Politics and Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK and Europe.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Visiting Professor at Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy.
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Member of European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet)
  • Member of Social Policy Association (SPA)
  • Member of The European Political Science Association) (EPSA)
  • Member of The European Academy of Management (EURAM)

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Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Marion Ellison is a Reader in European Social and Public Policy at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh as well as Visiting Professor in Comparative Welfare States at Ca’Foscari University in Venice. Specialising and publishing widely in comparative social policy, social work, public management, governance and work and employment in Europe, she is permanent partner for Scotland for the EU (FP7) INSPIRES Project (Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe),   Marion authored the final report to the European Commission informing EU 2020 recommendations as well as the policy briefs for national and local governments across Europe. Her forthcoming book with Edward Elgar ‘Youth Vulnerability, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Europe: Policy Lessons and Innovations for Improving Young People's Transitions into Work' ‘ (2017) examines the impact of social and employment policies adopted after the 2008 financial crisis on young people across Europe.

Active Research Interests:

  • European Public Sociology and Policy
  • Work and Employment,
  • Comparative social policy and welfare
  • Multi-level governance in Europe
  • Public Management and Governance in Europe
  • Comparative Child Care Law, Policy and Practice
  • Comparative professional social work

Research Methods:

  • Survey Research
  • Comparative Statistical Analysis
  • Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Workshops

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

August 2012 Permanent Partner and Leading Investigator in:

EU FP7 Funded INSPIRES Project EU Commission July 2012. Involving 11 European countries: 2013 to 2017

Total value: £2.5 million. Value to QMU 134,000 Euros

INSPIRES: The resilience and inclusion of labour markets: Employment policy and the labour market position of young people (under 25) and other vulnerable groups in the labour market

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Leading Work Package 7: Integrating work package: Identifying lessons for resilience, innovations, governance and policy learning.

Deliverables include:

  1. Final report to European Commission informing EU 2020 recommendations.
  2. A series of policy briefs to national and local governments across Europe and other key stake holders including trade unions, employer associations and third sector organisations.

Also participant in Work Packages 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9

Call Identifier: FP7SSH20122: Theme: SSH.2012.1.32 Innovative policies for employment and labour markets. Co-coordinating person: Menno Fenger (fenger@fsw.eur.nl) +3110+4082534) 11 European Universities are in this Consortium including, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Scotland, UK, Italy and Slovenia.

Adopting an integrated approach to teaching and research, Marion has developed a European social policy stream within the current Public Sociology BSc (Hons) Degree and the Sociology and Psychology BSc (Hons) programme offered at Queen Margaret University. Modules within this stream include European Social Policy and Politics and Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK and Europe. Marion’s post-graduate teaching includes her leadership and delivery of a module in Multi-level Governance in Europe for the Masters in Public Administration programme.

Teaching:

  • Multi-Level Governance in Europe (PG): Masters in Public Administration
  • European Social Policy and Politics (UG) Level Four X4032
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion (PG) and (UG) Levels Three and Four X3045
  • Risk Behaviours (Level Four) X4070
  • Introduction to Academia and the Sociological Imagination (Level One)X1022
  • Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing (Level One) X1021

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

STARR Award for Innovation in teaching.