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Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Emma Carmel
BA hons (Oxford), MSc & DPhil (York)

Editor, Journal of European Social Policy
Lecturer in Social Policy

Contact Details:

Room 3.36
Department of Social and Policy Sciences
University of Bath
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1225 384685
Fax: +44 1225 386381
E-mail: E.K.Carmel@bath.ac.uk


Office hours


Semester 2: Tuesdays 1400-1530

If you cannot make these hours, please email for an appointment.

Please note: I am not available to see students on Mondays or Fridays this semester.

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Courses and teaching material


Semester 1

SP 50075: Comparative European Social Policy (masters)

Semester 2

SP 30012: European Social Policy

Unit handbook; guidance for assessment

Lecture notes: week 1; week 2; week 3 (D); week 3 (I)

SP 50122: Comparative Research Methods (masters)

Unit handbook

Lecture notes: week 2

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Recent Publications

Carmel E. & Papadopoulos T. (2003), The new governance of social security in Britain, in Millar J. (ed.) Understanding Social Security: Issues for Social Policy and Practice, Bristol: Policy Press

Carmel, E. (2003) Comparative research methods in Becker, S. and Bryman, M. (eds) Understanding Research Methods (Bristol: Policy Press)

Carmel, E. (2005) The Constitution of a European Social in Newman, J. (ed.) Remaking Governance. Peoples, Politics and the Public Sphere (Bristol: Policy Press) 

Carmel, E., Hamblin, K. and Papadopoulos, T. (2007 f/c) Governing older workers in the European Union: the case of the 'activated retiree' in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy


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I act as main supervisor (*) or member of supervisory panels of the following PhD research sudents

Jenny Harlock* Governance and the voluntary sector in public service delivery
Hester Kan* Public services reform and processes of cross-national learning in the European Union
Kate Hamblin Governance and policies for older workers in the European Union
Antonios Roumpakis
Welfare state retrenchment and  pension systems in Europe
Natasha DuRose

Women's experience of drug use


My research is in the following areas: politics and governance of the European Union, esp. 'Europeanisation'; politics and governance of welfare in Britain and Europe; discourse, power and policymaking; the theory and practice of social democratic politics; I am particularly interested in engaging with these broad theoretical interests in Europe and comparatively, and I interpret 'social policy' very broadly.

I enjoy supervising, supporting and learning with PhD students, and I expect and encourage them to engage with the broader intellectual life of the Department and the European Research Institute in Bath, and beyond.


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External academic activities


- Editor, Journal of European Social Policy (2003-date)

- Member, Executive Board, European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet) (2005-date)

- Director, 'The Governance of Social Policy in the New Europe', ESPAnet doctoral workshop, April 2005

- Referee (2002-date)

Journals: Journal of Social Policy; Policy and Politics, Political Studies, Social Policy and Society, European Societies

Publishers: Sage Publications, Policy Press, Pearson

Funders & organisations: Economic and Social Research Council, UK; Gender, Work & Organisation

- External examiner, (2004-2006) Open University

- Academic Tutor, Department of Work and Pensions' Summer School 2004 & 2005, King's College, University of Cambridge

Internal administrative posts


- Member, Faculty Board of Studies (2003-2005)

- Member, University Teaching Efficiencies Working Group (2004)

- Member, Departmental Postgraduate Strategy Group (2004-5)

- Co-ordinator, Departmental visiting and exchange students agreements (2001-date)



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- Member of the European Social Policy Analysis Network

- Member of the Social Policy Association

- Member of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies

- Member of the European Community Studies Association

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