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Professor Patricia Kennett

Professor Patricia Kennett

Professor Patricia Kennett
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professor of International and Comparative Public Policy

Office Room 2.7, 10 Woodland Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Comparative and international social and public policy; cities and social change; governance and the global political economy.

Research projects



  • Global Policy Paradigms and Gender Justice (Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol) (2013)
  • Governance, citizenship and social policy in East Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taipei  (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) (2010)
  • A comparative study of women's material assets in Japan and Britain  (Institute for Household Economy, Tokyo, Japan) (2005)
  • Centre for Neighbourhood Research  (Economic and Social Research Council) (2005)
  • Cohesive Neighbourhoods and Connected Citizens In European Societies (European Science Foundation) (2003)
  • EU's sixth framework programme: Financial support developing a research proposal (2002) (European Union)
  • Restructuring of the Home Ownership System: Japan-UK comparison. (Japan Housing Research Foundation) (2002)
  • Economic Instability and the Housing Market in Japan (British Academy) (1999)
  • Precariousness of Everyday Life: Homelessness in Tokyo (Japan Endowment Committee Foundation) (1999)



Patricia is Professor of Comparative and International Policy Studies and is Director of Education in the  School for Policy Studies. She was Director of Research from 2015 to 2017 and Head of the Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research from 2007-2012.  She is currently co-ordinator of the Transnational and International Comparative Analysis Faculty Research Cluster. Her research lies at the intersection of the interdisciplinary fields of urban studies, comparative political economy and social policy.   Using international comparative, historical and qualitative ethnographic research the emphasis  of her work has been on rescaling cities and states, and on integrating global dynamics within the micro-social relations and everyday life of the city.  The criss-crossing of local and transnational dynamics, institutions and practices, their mediation through the contested politics of space, place and scale, and the contingent nature of these dynamics and processes have been explored across East Asia and Europe. 

Patricia has undertaken research both nationally and internationally including a GW4 International Network Grant on New Paradigms of Social Protection: Policies, Impacts and Outcomes (with Bath and Cardiff Universities), an Economic and Social Research Council funded project on `The uneven impact of the economic crisis on cities and households', the comparative analysis  of 'Governance, citizenship and social policy in East Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taiwan' (funded by the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), and 'Cohesive Neighbourhoods and Connected Citizens in European Societies' (funded by the European Science Foundation).  A recent project, funded by the Brigstow Institute, has utilised creative intervention and exchange to explore the the nature and relevance of neighbourly connections to peoples's sense of living well in diverse social contexts. Current research draws on and develops a critical human security perspective for sustainable urban developement in Ind

Patricia was Co-Editor of the Journal of Social Policy from 2014 to 2017, and is currently Co-Editor of the New Horizons in Social Policy' book series published by Edward Elgar.  She is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and the European Science Foundation Pool of Reviewers.


Governance, Institutions and the Global Political Economy; European Union and Social Policy; Comparative Political Economy and Social Policy; Social Policy in East Asia; Comparative and International Social Policy.


  • Comparative and international public and social policy
  • cities
  • governance and social policy
  • global political economy and uneven development
  • qualitative comparative research methods
  • East Asia and Europe.


Since joining Bristol University in 1993 I have undertaken research, both nationally and internationally, on issues relating to; Governance and public policy; the welfare state citizenship in comparative perspective; homelessness and social exclusion; housing ? including the resale of former council homes; attitudes to home ownership and the problems of negative equity; and illegal eviction in the private rented sector. Current projects include `Women and Material Assets in Britain and Japan?, funded by The Institute for Household Economy, Japan, and `Cohesive Neighbourhoods and Connected Citizens in European Societies? funded by the European Science Foundation. My current work includes research on differentiated citizenship and the politics of the post-fordist city in European societies; and economic insecurity and homeownership in cross-national perspective. I am also interested in the relationship between globalization, governance and public policy and the challenges and opportunities this presents for cross-national, comparative analysis.

  • Governance and public policy
  • welfare state citizenship
  • homelessness
  • social exclusion
  • home ownership
  • negative equity
  • economic insecurity
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