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Richard Machin

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Richard Machin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and the course leader for the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care degree. 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.

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.


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

BOATH, E., MACHIN, R., DIXON, M., THOMAS, N., O’CONNELL, P. and TAYLOR, L., 2016. Stop with the FLO: using text messaging to improve retention rates in university students. Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 2 (3), pp. 29-39. ISSN 2044-3315

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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.