Dr Tania Burchardt


Dr Tania Burchardt is Associate Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. She is spending her sabbatical as a visitor in DSPI for Michaelmas and Hilary terms.

Tania’s research interests lie in theories of justice, including the capability approach, measurement of inequality and applied welfare policy analysis. She has held research grants from the British Academy, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Nuffield Foundation and the Trust for London, and with Polly Vizard, has led a programme of research on capability, equality and human rights within CASE. Research projects with which she is currently involved include:

  • Children’s Information: improving lives through better listening and better data (PI Leon Feinstein, Rees Centre, Oxford, funded by the Nuffield Foundation)
  • Deliberating Inequality: How does information impact the social formation of beliefs about economic inequality? (with Liz Mann, Kate Summers and Michael Vaughan, LSE, funded by STICERD)
  • Economy 2030 Inquiry: shaping a decade of change (Resolution Foundation and Centre for Economic Performance, funded by the Nuffield Foundation) 

Recent outputs include ‘Richness, insecurity and the state’, Journal of Social Policy, with Katharina Hecht and Abigail Davis; Intergenerational support: Evidence briefingPublic and private welfare activity in England, 1979 to 2019, with Mary Reader, SPDO research paper 13The Conservatives’ Record on Adult Social Care: spending, policies and outcomes in England, May 2015 to pre-COVID 2020, with Polina Obolenskaya and Jarrod Hughes, SPDO research paper 07 – also discussed in this video; 'Inequality, advantage and the capability approach’Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, with Rod Hick.  

Tania is a member of the Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network, which seeks to bring together academics, policymakers and voluntary sector organisations working in these areas, and has been a board member of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice since 2000 (including two periods as editor). She is a commissioning editor of the LSE Public Policy Review, and an associate of the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre  and the International Inequalities Institute at LSE. In recent years, she has joined advisory/steering groups for the Department of Communities and Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, Office for National Statistics, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Resolution Foundation, Health Foundation, Trussell Trust, and Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at Birmingham. Tania was educated at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia before completing her PhD in Social Policy at the LSE in 2005.  Tania has worked at the LSE since 1995, when she joined CASE’s Welfare State Programme as a Research Officer. She became a Research Fellow in 2000, and Deputy Director of CASE in 2011, a role to which she has returned after a stint as Director 2016-2020. 

Visit Tania's profile on the CASE website