I’m a social policy researcher, tutor and lecturer and (sometime) freelance journalist, currently writing a PhD thesis on the development of welfare-to-work policy for sick and disabled benefit claimants at the University of Edinburgh.  I teach social policy and politics at undergraduate level; tutoring on Politics of the Welfare State and Social Policy and Society in the 2013/14 academic year. I also advise a number of charity and third sector organisations on welfare issues. In addition to my PhD I have a BA in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge and a Research MSc in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh.


Born in Burnley, raised in Barrowford and schooled in Colne and Clitheroe, I’m currently in exile north of the border, but try to get back down to Lancashire as often as possible.

I previously held a number of roles in student journalism before moving onto professional publications, Fest, most notably, writing on a whole range of topics from politics, music, theatre, food and travel, though I now mainly specialise in political comment. I’ve more or less put my journalistic career on hold until I finish my PhD, though I still write regularly as part of that (see Research & Academic) and write Comment pieces related to my research and to wider social and political issues (see Comment).

I am a member of the Scottish Green Party. I am also a member of the Universities and Colleges Union; the Social Policy Association; the Electoral Reform Society, Republic; the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; the Jimmy Reid Foundation; the Co-Operative Society and Scotmid co-operative.


Twitter @danheaped
E-Mail dannheap[at]gmail[dot]com       dan[dot]heap[at]ed[dot]ac[dot]uk



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