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Richard Machin

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Richard Machin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.

He specialises in social policy and teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • MA Social Work
  • MA Public Health
  • MSc Public Policy.

Richard has  been awarded NTU's Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Richard is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Career overview

Richard managed Derby City Council's Welfare Rights and Money Advice service for over ten years before pursuing an academic career. He was the course leader for the BA (Hons) Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice degree at Staffordshire University before joining NTU in 2018.

Research areas

  • Social security
  • Welfare reform
  • Comparative social policy
  • Multiple exclusion homelessness
  • Poverty

External activity

Richard is an external examiner for the MSc Health and Social Care Management and Policy course at London Metropolitan University.

Richard is a freelance trainer for Child Poverty Action Group specialising in universal credit and sits on the management committee of Church Action on Poverty, a national social justice charity committed to tackling poverty in the UK.

He is an honorary associate of the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD) at Staffordshire University.

Sponsors and collaborators

University of Bergen, Norway.


MACHIN, R., 2023. The UK – a home for Ukrainians? An analysis of social security and housing policy. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. ISSN 1759-8273

MCCORMACK, F., MACHIN, R., RILEY, V., SPYROPOULOS, K., DUNN, K. and GIDLOW, C.J., 2023. Building legal literacy in organisations that support people experiencing multiple disadvantage. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. ISSN 0964-9069

MACHIN, R., 2023. UK autumn statement 2022, the worst is yet to come. Perspectives in Public Health, 143 (2), pp. 63-64. ISSN 1757-9139

ŰSTŰNKAYA, T. and MACHIN, R., 2021. Hidden from sight: why the complexity of ME/CFS needs to be recognised by policy makers. People, Place and Policy, 15 (2), pp. 91-99. ISSN 1753-8041

MACHIN, R., 2021. The two-child limit for benefits in the Supreme Court: implications for public health. Perspectives in Public Health. ISSN 1757-9139

MACHIN, R. and MCCORMACK, F., 2021. The impact of the transition to Personal Independence Payment on claimants with mental health problems. Disability and Society. ISSN 0968-7599

MACHIN, R., 2021. COVID-19 and the temporary transformation of the UK social security system. Critical Social Policy. ISSN 0261-0183

MACHIN, R.J., 2020. Regressive and precarious: analysing the UK social security system in the light of the findings of the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty and human rights. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 21 (3). ISSN 0953-5225

SIMCOCK, P. and MACHIN, R., 2019. It’s not just about where someone lives: educating student social workers about housing-related matters to promote an understanding of social justice. Social Work Education, p. 1. ISSN 0261-5479

MASSIE, R., MACHIN, R., MCCORMACK, F. and KURTH, J., 2018. Having a voice: a collaborative research project exploring the challenges and assets of people experiencing homelessness. Journal of Integrated Care, 26 (4), pp. 342-352. ISSN 1476-9018

MACHIN, R., 2017. Made to measure? An analysis of the transition from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 39 (4), pp. 435-453. ISSN 0964-9069

MACHIN, R., 2017. The professional and ethical dilemmas of the two-child limit for Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit. Ethics and Social Welfare, 11 (4), pp. 404-411. ISSN 1749-6535

MACHIN, R.J., 2016. Understanding holiday hunger. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24 (3), pp. 311-319.ISSN 1759-8273

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Press expertise

Richard has expertise in social security policy and practice, particularly in relation to universal credit and disability benefits, and wider poverty-related issues.

How my research links to the UN SDGs

The four Sustainable Development Goals displayed align with the focus of my teaching and research, exploring the causes of  poverty and inequality, holding decision makers to account and identifying achievable and realistic solutions.

1 - No Poverty Badge 2 - Zero Hunger Badge 10 - Reduced Inequalities Badge 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities Badge