Anders Bach-Mortensen

anders bach mortensen

I am a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, and an Associate Professor of Social Care and Policy at Roskilde University. My research focuses on the outsourcing and marketisation of social care for both adults and children, and I specialise in improving the documentation of this development. In addition, I regularly provide methodological expertise on systematic reviews investigating a range of topics. 

Currently, I am leading a Nuffield Foundation funded project aimed at improving the evidence on social care outsourcing in England. You can learn more about the project on the Nuffield Foundation website

A full list of my work can be found here on Google Scholar and you can also find me on Twitter.

If you have any questions about my research or would like to explore opportunities for collaboration, please feel free to get in touch with me at

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Goodair, B., & Degli Esposti, M. (2024) Involuntary closures of for-profit care homes in England by the Care Quality Commission, The Lancet Healthy Longevity.

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Goodair, B., & Barlow, J. (2023). For-profit outsourcing and its effects on placement stability and locality for children in care in England, 2011–2022: A longitudinal ecological analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect.

The Conversation (2023): Two in five children in care are placed outside their local authority – here’s why that’s a problem.

Betthaeuser, B.A., Bach-Mortensen, A.M., Engzell, P. (2023) A systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on learning. Nature Human Behaviour.

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Goodair, B., & Barlow, J. (2022) Four in five of the children’s homes in England are run for profit – here’s why that is a problem. The Conversation.  

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Goodair, B., & Barlow, J. (2022). Outsourcing and children's social care: A longitudinal analysis of inspection outcomes among English children's homes and local authorities. Social Science & Medicine, 115323. 

*McGuire, J., *Kaiser, C., & *Bach-Mortensen, A. M. (2022). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of cash transfers on subjective well-being and mental health in low-and middle-income countries. Nature Human Behaviour. 

Pantelic, M., Steinert, J.I., Ayala, G., Sprague, L., Chang, J., Thomas, R.M., Nininahazwe, C., Caswell, G., Bach‐Mortensen, A. M. & Bourne, A. (2022). Addressing epistemic injustice in HIV research: a call for reporting guidelines on meaningful community engagement." Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Goodair, B., Murray, H., Carter, E., Briggs, E., & O’Higgins, A.  (2022). Are local authorities achieving effective market stewardship for children’s social care services? A synthesis of sufficiency strategies for children in care in England. What Works for Children’s Social Care. 

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Goodair, B., Briggs, E., & O’Higgins, A. (2022). Commissioning secure children’s home placements in England. What Works for Children’s Social Care.

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Verboom, B., Movsisyan, A., & Degli Esposti, M. (2021). A systematic review of the associations between care home ownership and COVID-19 outbreaks, infections and mortality. Nature Aging. 

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., & Barlow, J. (2021) Outsourced austerity or improved services? A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the experiences of social care providers and commissioners in quasi-markets. Social Science and Medicine.  

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., & Degli Esposti, M (2021). Is area deprivation associated with greater impacts of COVID-19 in care homes across England: A preliminary analysis of COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., & Movsisyan, A. (2021) Ownership variation in violated regulations and national care standards: Evidence from social care providers. Non profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 

*Bach-Mortensen, A. M., & *Verboom, B (2020). Barriers and facilitators systematic reviews in health: A methodological review and recommendations for reviewers. Research Synthesis Methods.

Lange, B.C.L., Bach-Mortensen, A.M., & Gardner, F (2020). A systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions designed for mothers who experienced child sexual abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect. 

Barlow, J., Woodman, J., Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Fang, Z., Homonchuk, O. (2020). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on services from pregnancy through age 5 years for families who are high risk or have complex social needs. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., & Montgomery, P. (2019). Does sector matter for the quality of care services? A secondary analysis of social care services regulated by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. BMJ Open.

Lange, B.C.L., & Bach-Mortensen, A. M. (2019). A systematic review of stakeholder perceptions of supervised injection facilities. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., Lange, B. C. L., & Montgomery, P. (2018). Barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based interventions among third sector organisations: a systematic review. Implementation Science. 

Bach-Mortensen, A. M., & Montgomery, P. (2018). What are the barriers and facilitators for third sector organisations (non-profits) to evaluate their services? A systematic review. Systematic Reviews.