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. Tania is programme director for the BSc International Social and Public Policy and for the research stream of the MSc. She also supervises PhD students within the LSE’s Social Policy department. She is an associate member of DSPI.

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 the programme of research on capability, equality and human rights within CASE. Research projects with which she is currently involved include:

•    Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes in a Changing Britain (PI: Polly Vizard, funded by the Nuffield Foundation) 

•    Economy 2030 Inquiry (Resolution Foundation and Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, funded by the Nuffield Foundation) 

•    DyLAnIE – Dyadic Longitudinal Analysis of Intergenerational Exchanges (PI: Fiona Steele, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council)

Recent outputs include The Conservatives’ Record on Adult Social Care: spending, policies and outcomes in England, May 2015 to pre-COVID 2020, with Polina Obolenskaya and Jarrod Hughes, 2021 – also discussed in this video; Living on Different Incomes in London: Can public consensus identify a ‘riches line’?, with Abigail Davis, Katharina Hecht and others, 2020;  Inequality, advantage and the capability approach, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, with Rod Hick, 2018.  Previous publications have appeared in Journal of Social Policy, Social Policy & Administration, Social Indicators Research and Disability and Society among other places.

Tania has been a board member of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice since 2000 (including two periods as editor), a journal that seeks to bring together academics, policymakers and voluntary sector organisations working in these areas..She is an associate of the Care Policy Evaluation Centre and of the International Inequalities Institute at LSE. In recent years, she has contributed to steering and advisory groups for the Economic and Social Research Institute in Ireland, the Health Foundation, the Trussell Trust, Save the Childen UK, 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.