School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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Professor Dan Finn

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Sociology (University of Warwick), PhD Youth Unemployment and the School Leaving Age (Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham)
  • Role Title: Emeritus Professor of Social Inclusion
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2192
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dan Finn is Emeritus Professor of Social Inclusion and was employed at the University of Portsmouth between 1996 and 2016. In his early career, Professor Finn was best known for his role in the analysis and assessment of youth unemployment and transitions from school to work. He then worked for independent research and pressure groups lobbying policy makers and helping shape legislation and programmes targeted at the long term unemployed. Subsequently at the University of Portsmouth he has designed, delivered, supervised and managed a wide range of national and comparative research projects concerning unemployment, social inclusion and employment services. Since 2010 he has undertaken a series of thematic research projects and evidence reviews, involving three of more countries, on the design and impacts of conditional benefit systems and related services and sanctions; devolution and decentralisation of employment and social welfare systems, implementing ‘one stop’ employment services; reducing long term unemployment; and the contracting out of publicly financed employment services.

Discipline Areas

  • Social Inclusion, Politics and Public Administration

Major publications include:


Professor Finn’s research interests include policy responses to youth and long term unemployment; the reform of public employment services; activation of benefit systems; implementation and devolution of welfare to work policies; and the integration of front line employment and welfare services. He has a particular interest in the development of ‘welfare markets’ and the contracting out of employment services in the UK, USA, Australia, the Netherlands and other OECD and developing countries.

Other Roles

Professor Finn has been an adviser to UK parliamentary select committees and other British bodies, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the New Deal Advisory Group. He has undertaken research and policy development work for international agencies including the European Commission, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and OECD. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne and Visiting Fellow at IFAU, University of Uppsala (Sweden), the Australian National University (Canberra). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Korean Labor Institute (Seoul) and the UK Learning and Work Institute and is a member of the editorial board of ‘Social Policy and Administration’.


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