Fran Bennett

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Intervention


Fran Bennett's research focuses on social security policy, gender issues, and poverty and income distribution. She is also an independent consultant, and has written extensively on social policy issues for the UK government, NGOs and others. She is one of the UK independent experts on social inclusion for the European Commission. 

Before coming to academia, Fran Bennett worked for Child Poverty Action Group, as deputy director and then director, and Oxfam, as policy advisor on UK/EU poverty issues. She maintains links with a number of NGOs. She is an active member of the Women's Budget Group (gender analysis of government Budgets and expenditure) and has been a member of the TUC Commission on Vulnerable Employment, the Fabian Society Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty, and the Fabian Society Commission on Taxation and Citizenship.


  • Welfare reform, benefits, social security policy (largely UK)
  • Women and benefits, women and welfare reform, women and social security policy, gender analysis of social security provision (largely UK)
  • Poverty, child poverty, policy/strategy on poverty (largely UK)
  • European Union strategy on poverty and social exclusion (including UK in particular)
  • Participation of people in poverty in decision-making/consultation

Media experience

Fran Bennett has extensive media experience, across television, national and local radio, and print.