Professor Jonathan Bradshaw

BSS, MA (Dublin), DPhil (York), CBE

  • Professor of Social Policy.


Brief biography

Jonathan Bradshaw took his first degree at Trinity College Dublin and came to the University of York in 1967. He obtained an MPhil in social administration in 1969 and a DPhil in 1978. He was appointed a research fellow in 1968 and lecturer in 1969. He was founding Director of the Social Policy Research Unit from 1973 to 1987 and served two terms as Head of Department 1988-1994 and 2003-2007. He also served as Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences 1994-1998. He was appointed Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 1996,  Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for services to child poverty and Fellow of the British Academy in 2010. In 2011 he was made Doctor of the University of Turku, Finland (honoris causa).

Areas of expertise

  • Social security policy
  • Family policy
  • Poverty and living standards
  • Comparative social policy
  • Demography and social policy
  • Well-being of children

Social Policy Advisory and Consultative Positions


Research projects

Current projects:

Details of completed research projects are available on the SPRU website:

Research team

Associate Director of the Social policy Research Unit and a member of the Welfare and Employment team in SPRU.

Publications and conferences

Conference presentations



Professor Jonathan Bradshaw

Contact details

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw
Professor of Social Policy

Tel: 01904 321239


Jonathan Bradshaw blog

Website and publications