Kirstein Rummery

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Professor of Social Policy
University of Stirling

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 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,, 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 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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Over 1.7m Scots were energised enough about the future of their country to campaign, research and turn out to vote for radical change on the 18th September.  And according one of the first post-result polls, 25% of No voters voted that way because they believed that Scotland would receive significan... Read more
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So on September 18th Scotland decided – decisively – not to become an independent country. Over 80% of voters turned out, and 55% of them voted No. The final weeks of campaigning, discussing, researching resulted in a victory for the democratic process, in the highest turnout since 1959. People are... Read more
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So, Better Together have sent in the 3 Amigos: Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband have been sent north of Hadrian’s Wall to save the Union (and their jobs), by winning over the hearts and minds of the undecideds. They have been backed up by speeches from Gordon Brown promising something that sounded... Read more
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In light of controversial referendum adverts, Kirstein Rummery discusses the role of women voters in the referendum campaign. The Better Together campaign launched its advert targeted at undecided women voters, and unleashed a storm of protest from the media and on Facebook and Twitter (#Patronising... Read more
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In this state of the debate blog, Kirstein Rummery discusses the prospects of the NHS and the welfare state in an independent Scotland. Following recent spats between the SNP and the Coalition over the future of the NHS and the welfare state in Scotland, Labour has further politicised the debate by... Read more
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Stirling's Professor Kirstein Rummery explores proposals on how equality might play a role in the constitution of an independent Scotland. I attended a consultation hosted by the Scottish Government as a member of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group along with other organisations from the Third Secto... Read more
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There’s been a marked shift in the issues covered, and the tone of the debate in the past couple of months. Initially issues like equity, equality, fairness were presented as fairly marginal by both sides, with a focus firmly on the ‘hard’ issues of economics, EU membership, currency and so on hitti... Read more
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I have spoken about gender equality, care policy and its relevance to the referendum on Scottish independence in a series of recent events aimed at non-academic audiences: a lecture for international women’s day, a debate for the 5 Million Questions series at the University of Dundee and an appearan... Read more
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by Professor Kirstein Rummery and Craig McAngus of the Fairer Caring Nations, University of Stirling Would the vision of an independent Scotland as described in the White Paper ‘Scotland’s Future’ be a fairer nation? The White Paper sets out some interesting commitments but leaves some important que... Read more
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This year’s Policy and Politics conference in Bristol was focussed on the theme of Transforming Policy and Politics: the future of the State in the 21st Century. Kirstein Rummery, as a member of the editorial board of Policy and Politics and one of the researchers contributing to the ESRC funded pro... Read more
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