Staff profile

Professor Alessio D'Angelo


Professor of Public and Social Policy

Portrait of Professor Alessio D'Angelo


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


School of Law and Social Sciences




I am a Social Scientist with over 20 years of experience in conducting social and policy research on a wide range of issues including social inequalities; social capital; migration, diversity and identity; community organisations; and access to public services. I have experience in undertaking - and teaching - quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research and particular expertise in data mapping, data visualisation, and Social Network Analysis (SNA). 

At the University of Derby, I am Professor of Social Policy within the School of Law and Social Sciences, where I co-direct the Centre for Criminology and Social Policy Research. I am Editor of the journal Social Policy and Society and a member of the Executive Committee of the Social Policy Association (SPA).  I am also a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA), where I am convenor of the Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG).

Previously I worked at the University of Nottingham, in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, where I directed the International Centre for Public and Social Policy (IcPSP). Before that, I was at Middlesex University, as co-director of the Social Policy Research Centre, and I’ve been one of the Editors of the journal Work Employment and Society - WES (2017-2020).

My research has included grants from the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), as well as work commissioned by local authorities, public bodies and charitable organisations. I have been also involved in several partnership initiatives with NGOs and community organisations, including events, consultations and evaluations.

My publications – in English and Italian  – include articles, reports and book chapters on a range of topics, such as the migration-welfare policy nexus, the experiences of migrants and the role of migrant community organisations, diversity and inequalities, education, and social statistics at both national and European level.

Since 2002 I have been a contributor to the ‘Dossier Statistico Immigrazione – IDOS (Italy), in particular working on EU migration policy and trends; and I am now a member of IDOS Scientific Committee. I have been a visiting scientist at the University of Turin and the Collegio Carlo Alberto (2018-2019) and at the University of Padua (2022). I am currently an associate member of the CER-Migracions research centre (Barcelona), the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre (London Metropolitan), the Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration Centre – ICEMiC (Nottingham), and the Social Policy Migration Centre (Middlesex University.)


Teaching responsibilities

My current teaching involves modules within the Master of Research (MRes) Social Sciences, as well as masterclasses on a range of topics.
I undertake PhD supervisions within the School of Law and Social Sciences.

Membership of professional bodies

- Higher Education Academy (HEA): Fellow

- Social Policy Association: Executive member

- British Sociological Association: member and study group convenor

- Italian Association of Professional Journalists (‘Albo dei Giornalisti’): member

Recent publications

A more detailed list of publications is available on my personal website.

D’Angelo, A. (2023). Migration Policy and Welfare Chauvinism in the United Kingdom: European Divergence or Trend-Setting?. In: Finotelli, C., Ponzo, I. (eds) Migration Control Logics and Strategies in Europe. IMISCOE Research Series. Springer

D’Angelo, A. (2023). Presenza straniera e politiche migratorie nell’Unione Europea: una fortezza in campagna elettorale. Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2023. IDOS.

D’Angelo, A., Carrasco, S., Ricucci, R. (eds.) (2023). Supporting migrant students through the pandemic and beyond. Focus on International Migration, volume 10. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. CER-Migracions, Servei de Publicacions.

Chau, R., D’Angelo, A., Steel, L. (2023). The current and future state of Social Policy teaching in UK higher education institutions. Social Policy Association (SPA)

D’Angelo, A., Manzoni, C. (2023). Migrant students in the UK pandemic: impacts, school responses and community approaches. In D’Angelo et al. (eds). Focus on International Migration, volume 10, pp.57-70. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. CER-Migracions

D’Angelo, A. (2023) ‘The fortress and the garden: borders and civic stratification in Europe and Britain’ Discover Society: New Series 3 (2).

D’Angelo, A. et al (2023), ‘The Irish in Britain. Preliminary findings from the 2021 Census of England and Wales., IiB, University of Nottingham.

D’Angelo, A., Ryan, L. (2022), ‘What the UK Census really says about the number of Irish in Britain‘. RTE Brainstorm Blog, December 9th.

D’Angelo, A. (2022), ‘Presenza straniera e politiche migratorie nell’Unione Europea: “post-pandemia”, nuovi conflitti e vecchi confini’, Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2022, IDOS

D’Angelo, A. (2022), ‘Regno Unito: il “Piano Ruanda” e le politiche di esternalizzazione’, in Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2022, IDOS

D’Angelo, A. (2021), ‘Refugees’ Reception in Italy: Past and Present of a Humanitarian Crisis’, in Fouskas, Theodoros (Ed.). Immigrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Times of Crises. EPLO.

D’Angelo, A., Gargiulo, E. (2021) Residential Bordering: The (Mis)use of Residence Status to Control Migrants’ Welfare Rights in Italy and the UK, in “Autonomie locali e servizi sociali, Quadrimestrale di studi e ricerche sul welfare” 2/2021, pp. 371-391, doi: 10.1447/101460

D’Angelo, A. (2021), ‘Presenza straniera e politiche migratorie nell’UE: il punto sul nuovo patto su migrazione e asilo’, Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2021, IDOS.

D’Angelo, A. (2021), ‘Mobilita’ intra-UE: un’idea al bivio’, Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2021, IDOS.

D’Angelo, A. (2021),The networked refugee: The role of transnational networks in the journeys across the Mediterranean. Global Networks.

D’Angelo, A., Manzoni, C. (2021), Migrant students in the UK pandemic – Impacts, schools responses and community approaches – Research Report – NIESR; University of Nottingham.

D’Angelo, A., Manzoni, C. (2021), Supporting migrant children in lockdown: time for joined-up thinking, Social Policy Association (SPA) Blog, January 28th

D’Angelo, A., Pittau, F., Ricci, A. (2021), Dai ‘Britalians’ alla Brexit: ripensando all’emigrazione italiana nel Regno Unito, Dialoghi Mediterranei, May 1st.