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Critical Conversations, Policy and Power; Institutional Erotics of Social Policy & Welfare

Venue: Online

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In this virtual event, Rachael Dobson will speak to the theme of institutional erotics in social policy and welfare. She will be joined by discussant Professor kylie valentine, author of 'Complex needs and wicked problems: How social disadvantage became multiple' (2016, Social Policy & Society) to reflect on the ideas presented

There will be opportunity for discussion and audience Q&A.

Attendees across all career stages, including postgraduates, are welcomed. Booking is required via this page. 

Further information about the Critical Conversation, Policy & Power events series can be found here.


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  • Dr Rachael Dobson -

    Rachael Dobson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently undertaking a Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2021-22 for 'Where is the power? Policy Ontologies in Theory and Practice'. The project thinks critically about policy; what it is, how it is made, and how it links to practice. Further information about the research can be found at

  • Professor kylie valentine -

    kylie valentine works at the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales), conducting research on social disadvantage and exclusion. kylie's research interests include using methods and concepts from science and technology studies in policy research, and evaluation research on integrated service delivery and programs for children and families.