Kirstein Rummery

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Kirstein
Rummery
Job Title: 
Professor of Social Policy
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University of Stirling
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I joined the University of Stirling in 2007, having previously worked at the universities of Manchester, Birmingham and Kent. I have carried out funded research for the Department of Health and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and prior to that I even had a stint in the 'real world' as a residential social worker. My research interests lie in three broad areas. Firstly, I have written about welfare partnerships and governance, particularly those involving health and social care services, and I am particularly interested in the implications of these arrangements for citizens. Secondly, I am interested in issues concerning citizenship, social participation and access to services, particularly for disabled and older people. My final area of research concerns gender, particularly the way in which welfare policies affect older and disabled women. I am an active member of the Social Policy Association, serving on the Executive Committee (see www.social-policy.com for details of how to join the SPA), I sit on the editorial boards of Social Policy and Administration and Policy and Politics and am the outgoing editor of Social Policy Review. I am a board member of Engender, a Scottish feminist organisation interested in women's political and social inclusion, www.engender.org.uk, as well as a member of the Scottish Women's Budget Group. I am a keen cook and choral singer and sing in Stirling University's choir www.stirlinguniversitychoir.com. I am currently supervising several PhD students looking at issues of social care, gender and citizenship, but am always interested in applications from potential PhD students interested in social citizenship, disability, age, gender, care, access to services, and welfare governance.
 

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Policy Challenges and the Future of Scotland, Centre on Constitutional Change

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Kirstein Rummery explains that the key to the outcome (as indeed to the independence referendum in 2014) seems to be people’s attitude to risk. So, the decision to take a fight that was never really finished in the Eton tuck shop about the leadership of the Conservative party out onto the streets of... Read more
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On the face of it, the results of the Scottish Parliament elections on May 5th 2016 do not look promising for gender equality. Overall women now form 35% of Holyrood, exaqctly the same as in 2011, still down from the 2003 high of 40% but the shift to minority government offers some hope for progress... Read more
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Politically, Scotland looks promising with regards to gender equality. One of Nicola Sturgeon’s first acts as First Minister was to announce a 50/50 gender equal cabinet, and to stay characteristically calm and dismissive in the face of criticism. This sent an important symbolic message about her st... Read more
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A camel, so the saying goes, is a horse designed by a committee. This week’s publication of The Future Delivery of Social Security in Scotland, the report by the Scottish Welfare Reform Committee, would seem to support that idea. The committee took written evidence from 98 individuals and organisati... Read more
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This article originally appeared in The Herald Although, overall, women were slightly less likely to vote Yes than men in the independence referendum, the upswing in voter turnout and in support for the Yes campaign was due in no small part to grassroots women’s organisations campaigning for indepen... Read more
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The devolution of welfare benefits to Scotland, especially those relating to disabled people and carers, provides an opportunity to transform the way Scotland approaches welfare and care policy says Kirstein Rummery.  Scotland has long maintained that a sense of social justice and fairness is woven... Read more
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Scotland's much-vaunted belief that it is fairer than the rest of the UK is under the spotlight, says Kirstein Rummery, as new powers reopen old questions about the best way to support disabled people.  With the devolution of further powers under the forthcoming Scotland Bill, there is an opportunit... Read more
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Achieving economic growth, social justice and tackling inequality: Kirstein Rummery and her team have been researching what Scotland can learn about childcare and long-term care and its effect on gender equality from international evidence?   The Fairer Caring Nations project has been looking at cou... Read more
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With polls predicting that this will be the closest election in recent history, and that many voters still undecided, Kirstein Rummery discusses how women and disabled people could make a significant difference. This post appeared in today's edition of The National. More than nine million eligible... Read more
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Kirstein Rummery explains how it's curious that the political parties are not making more of an effort to reach out to the 11m disabled adults and 6m carers eligible to vote. An edited version of this article appeared on The Conversation. This week saw the launch of the UK party manifestos, as they... Read more
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