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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Hugh Bochel

Having studied at the Universities of Manchester and Strathclyde, Hugh then worked as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh and at the University of Kent, where he also took his PhD. He joined the University in 1990 after a period working for Essex County Council. He became Professor of Public Policy in 1997. He was a member of sub-panel 22, Social Work and Social Policy, for the 2014 REF. During 2017 he was an Academic Fellow of the Scottish Parliament, looking at the extent of diversity among witnesses that appear before the Parliament’s committees. Hugh contributes to a number of modules within the School, including Ideology into Practice, Political Parties, Understanding the Policy Process and Analysing the Policy Process. He frequently draws upon his research experience to provide examples and insights into topics. Hugh is also involved in the supervision of a number of PhD students and welcomes further enquiries in areas relevant to his interests.

Department Responsibilities

Module coordinator for Analysing the Policy Process.


  • PhD in Social Policy and Administration on Parliament and the politics of welfare — University of Kent, 1991
  • MSc in Politics by thesis — University of Strathclyde, 1983
  • Upper second BA (Hons.) in Politics and Modern History — University of Manchester, 1980

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Research Interests

  • public policy

  • the policy process

  • the politics of social policy

Research Projects

  • Collection and analysis of Scottish local election results 2012 (with David Denver) — awarded £13601 by Electoral Commission in 2017
  • Collection and analysis of Scottish local election results 2012 (with David Denver and Martin Steven) — awarded £10014 by Electoral Commission in 2012
  • Parliamentary scrutiny of the UK intelligence and security services (with Andrew Defty) — awarded £96879 by Leverhulme Trust in 2009
  • The House of Lords and welfare (with Andrew Defty) — awarded £7402 by Nuffield Foundation in 2007
  • Evaluation of creche provision for disabled children (with Peter Somerville) — awarded £2000 by National Children’s Homes in 2007
  • Working together at the local level (with Peter Somerville) — awarded £20000 by Lincolnshire Sure Start programmes in 2006
  • Women councillors and political leadership (with Catherine Bochel) — awarded £7402 by Nuffield Foundation in 2005
  • Sure Start evaluation — awarded £108000 by Sure Start Birchwood, Boston, East Lindsey Coastal Ribbon, Gainsborough, Grantham, Lincoln City Cent in 2004
  • Collection and provision of ward turnout data (with David Denver) — awarded £1200 by Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics in 2003
  • Highland Council and proportional representation (with David Denver) — awarded £5000 by Highland Council in 2002
  • Councillors in Scotland and Japan (with Masashi Kasuga) — awarded £6000 by Kobe Gakuin University in 2000
  • The 1997 referendum on Scotland’s Parliament (with David Denver, James Mitchell and Charles Pattie) — awarded £56400 by Economic and Social Research Council in 1997
  • Childrens’ attitudes to church attendance — awarded £300 by Roman Catholic Church Middlesborough Diocese in 1996
  • Survey of councillors’ careers in England and Wales (with Catherine Bochel) — awarded £500 by Society of Town Clerks Education and Research Trust in 1996
  • Housing and care needs of people with physical disabilities (with Catherine Bochel) — awarded £15700 by Basildon and Thurrock Joint Working Group in 1992
  • Former members of the Social Democratic Party (with David Denver) — awarded £3435 by Nuffield Foundation in 1991
  • Housing and community care in Oxfordshire (with Peter Arnold and Dilys Page) — awarded £52000 by Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 1991
  • Pilot study of gerontological admissions records (with Dilys Page) — awarded £3500 by Hull District Health Authority in 1991

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Social Sciences — Academician
  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
  • Royal Society for the Arts — Fellow
  • Political Studies Association — Member
  • Social Policy Association — Member
  • Study of Parliament Group — Member