Ms Fran Bennett

Fran Bennett

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Senior Research and Teaching Fellow

Fran Bennett works half time in the department as a senior research and teaching fellow, with a focus on social policy. She has a particular interest in social security policy, gender issues, and poverty, income distribution and participation.

She is also an independent consultant, and has written extensively on social policy issues for the UK government, NGOs and others. With Prof Jonathan Bradshaw, she is one of the UK independent experts on social inclusion for the European Commission. 

Fran chairs the editorial board of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, having been a co-editor. She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

She worked for the Child Poverty Action Group from 1983-93, as deputy director and then director, and in the late 1990s was policy advisor on UK and EU poverty issues for Oxfam GB. She is an active member of the Women's Budget Group.

Convenor of undergraduate social policy option course (224) for Honour school of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and History and Politics, for Department of Politics and International Relations (plus Human Sciences from Michaelmas 2014).


Fran Bennett's research focuses on:

  • social security policy
  • gender issues
  • poverty and income distribution.

Her recent research involved examining (with others) the interaction between within-household inequalities and policy on tax and benefits in the UK in a project in the ESRC-funded Gender Equality Network (2002-10).

More recently she has written an evidence and policy review on gender and poverty for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's anti-poverty strategies programme with Prof. Mary Daly (availbale from Outputs, in Publications and Outputs section).


Fran is interested in supervising DPhil students who intend to work on any of the following broad themes:

  • analysis of welfare reforms from a gender perspective
  • policies to combat poverty and social exclusion
  • the implications of shifts in social security provision
  • social inclusion in the EU
  • within household distribution and money management issues.

Current DPhil Students

Previous Students

Saltanat Rasulova (supervised jointly with Prof Robert Walker), who is Development Policy Impact Analyst - KTP Associate with Oxford Public Management/University of Bath.

Dalia Ben Galim, who is Director of Policy, Advice and Communications, Gingerbread