MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Prof. Nicola Yeates

My research centres on transnationalisation and globalisation as social processes, together with their impacts on, and implications for, social policy and welfare as a field of academic teaching and research and as a political practice of state and non-state actors. On-going research themes are how social diversity, divisions and inequalities are constructed, manifested and contested through trans-border social processes.
Recent areas of interest include globalisation(s) 'from above' and 'from below', including the development of global and regional governance and their relationship to national social systems, state and non-state strategies of internationalisation, including labour migration, youth labour forces, family formation, health and social protection, and the development of transnational social, advocacy and policy networks. Many of my publications explore international migration, social and health care, global social policy, and world-regional social governance.

Doctorate, Bristol University
Current or most recent Employer

Professor of Social Policy

The Open University
Time in Post - 15

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Disciplinary or professional background

Development (applied), Social/Public Policy, Sociology

Contact Info

01908 652441

Department of Social Policy and Criminology, School of Social Science and Global Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Gardiner Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Public Policy ( 25 years )

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 10 years )

Women ( 25 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Poverty/deprivation reduction


Gender equality

Health policy (Including health insurance)

Social care

Social protection

Social safety nets

Social security systems

Labour and employment polices


Academic publications
Ross Fergusson and Nicola Yeates (2021) Global Youth Unemployment: history, governance, policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Policy Briefs
Yeates, Nicola (2017) Beyond the Nation State: how can regional social policy contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?, UNRISD Issue Brief no. 5. November, 4pp. Geneva: UNRISD. ISSN 2518-6817.