SSCR Director awarded CBE for contributions to social care research
The NIHR School for Social Care Research’s Director has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2022 for outstanding contributions to social care.
Professor Martin Knapp was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services for social care research.
Martin has directed the School since 2009. He is Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the Department of Health Policy and a Professorial Research Fellow at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC) at the LSE. Martin’s research interests are in the areas of social care, child and adult mental health, dementia and autism. Much of his work uses economic arguments and evidence to inform policy discussion and influence practice development.
“I am delighted and honoured (in both senses) to have this recognition for our research at the NIHR and LSE. Social care faces huge and increasing challenges today; our research tries to find ways to improve the lives of people who are often in very difficult situations.
“The award also recognises the achievements by the NIHR School for Social Care Research, which we have been leading from LSE since it was established in 2009. The School brings together seven research centres across England to support developments in adult social care as part of NIHR’s strategic investment in this area.
“As a national researcher-led large investment in social care research (£51 million since 2009), SSCR is, I think, unique across the world and continues to play a central role in championing and shaping social care research through NIHR.”
Commenting on Martin’s award, Professor Lucy Chappell, CEO of the NIHR, said:
“We’re delighted for Martin to be recognised for his outstanding contribution to social care. It’s a richly deserved reward for his work in bringing research and evidence into social care, an issue which affects the lives of nearly everyone and which is more important than ever.
“His work is making a meaningful difference to people’s lives throughout the UK and beyond, and I am in no doubt that it will have a lasting impact for years to come.”
Professor Yvonne Birks, SSCR Deputy Director, said:
“On behalf of everyone within SSCR, I would like to congratulate Martin on his CBE and this well deserved recognition in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Martin has made outstanding contributions to social care research over many years; in addition to his own research, he has and continues to make huge efforts to build capacity for social care research. Martin’s leadership of SSCR has led to increased opportunities for social care research and he has been a leading advocate for the implementation of evidence into social care policy and practice.
Martin’s colleagues in SSCR are delighted he has received this award in recognition of his many research and strategic activities and his longstanding commitment to and effectiveness in raising the profile of research in social care.”
Many congratulations to Martin on this achievement.