Professor Catherine Needham


Professor Catherine Needham is Professor of Public Policy and Public Management in the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.

Her research focuses on social care markets, personalisation, co-production and workforce change. She is leading projects for the Department of Health on Market-shaping and on Personalisation, Choice and Control.

Catherine is the lead for Comparing UK Care Systems: prospects, developments and differentiation in the 4 UK nations. To better understand the factors which support sustainable care, this work package compares care systems in the UK’s four nations.

Research and publications

Hall, K., Needham, C. and Allen, K. (2020) ‘Micro entrepreneurship in the care sector: motives, values and practices’, Voluntary Sector Review, 10 (3), pp. 310-328.

Allen, K., Needham, C., Hall, K. and Tanner, D. (2019) ‘Participatory research meets validated outcome measures: Tensions in the co-production of social care evaluation’, Social Policy and Administration, early view.

Heins, E., Rees, J. and Needham, C., (2019) Social Policy Review 31: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, Bristol: Policy Press.

Dickinson, H., Needham, C., Mangan, C. and Sullivan, H. (eds) (2018), Reimagining the Future Public Service Workforce, Springer.

Glasby, J., Needham, C., Allen, K., Hall, K., and McKay, S. (2018) ‘The Goldilocks Question: What Size is ‘Just Right’ for Social Care Organisations?’, International Journal of Care and Caring, 2 (1), pp. 65-87(23).

Needham, C. and Dickinson, H. (2018) ‘Any one of us could be among that number’: Comparing the Policy Narratives for Individualized Disability Funding in Australia and England. Social Policy and Administration, 52 (3), pp. 731-49.

McMullin, C., and Needham, C. (2018). Co-production and healthcare. In T. Brandsen, T. Steen, and B. Verschuere (Eds.), Co-production and co-creation: Engaging citizens in public service delivery (pp. 151–160). New York: Routledge.

Needham, C., Heins, E. and Rees, J. (2018) Social Policy Review 30: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, Bristol: Policy Press.

More publications on Catherine's profile at the University Of Birmingham

'Social Care Reform- Always Jam Tomorrow' - Read Catherine's blog entry on the University Of Birmingham's website