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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Fellow

Prof Bob Hudson

Honorary Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences

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Bob has had a career in teaching, consultancy, research and publishing spanning 35 years. As well as occupying a range of increasingly senior positions in academic life, he has also served as an elected member of one local authority, and as a co-opted member of an additional two authorities. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester (1968) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Manchester (1969). Before joining the School in 2004, he was Honorary Professor of Partnership Studies at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that he was Senior and subsequently Principal Research Fellow at the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds, a position he took up in 1995. At the Nuffield Institute he undertook the lead on several major research projects with a focus on partnership working. In his earlier career, Bob was a Visiting Fellow in Health and Community Care at the Institute of Health Studies, University of Durham [1992-5], and in 1991 held, by invitation, a Visiting Fellowship at the Kings Fund Institute, London. For most of the preceding twenty years he was Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at New College, Durham.

Bob is also a special advisor on partnership issues to the House of Commons Education & Skills Select Committee, and an advisor to the Integrated Care Network. He holds several editorial positions - Associate Editor, Health and Social Care in the Community; Editorial Board Advisor, Journal of Interprofessional Care; and Associate Editor, International Journal of Integrated Care. In his spare time he likes nothing better than to watch Sunderland AFC serve up a brand of fluent and exciting football. He still watches them anyway.

Research Groups

Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, School of

School of Applied Social Sciences

  • Policy, Professions and Communities

Research Interests

  • Implementation theory and practice
  • Inter-agency relationships
  • Inter-professional relationships
  • Linking theory and concept to policy and practice issues
  • Links between the NHS, social care and education


  • Hudson, Bob. (2004). Partnership Working between Health and Social Care. Research Policy and Planning 22(1): 57-63.
  • Hudson, Bob. (2004). Trust: Towards Conceptual Clarification. Australian Journal of Political Science 39(1): 75-87.
  • Hudson, Bob. (2004). Whole Systems Working: Discussion Paper for the Integrated Care Network.
  • Hudson, Bob. (2003). From Adolescence to Young Adulthood: the partnership challenge for learning disability services in England. Disability and Society 18(3): 259-276.
  • Hudson, Bob. (2003). Working Together in Children's Services: a time to be bold? Journal of Integrated Care 11(5): 3-13.
  • Hudson, Bob. (2002). Integrated Care and Structural Change in England: The Case of Care Trusts. Policy Studies 23(2): 77-95.
  • Hudson, Bob. (2002). Inter-Professionality in Health and Social Care: the Achilles' heel of partnership? Journal of Inter-Professional Care 16(1): 7-18.
  • Hudson, Bob. & with Melanie Henwood (2002). Social Care and the NHS: The Final Countdown? Policy and Politics 30(2): 153-66.
  • Hudson, Bob. (2001). Social Services and Primary Care Groups: a window of collaborative opportunity. Health & Social Care in the Community 8(4): 242-250.

Journal papers: academic

Reports: official