Self-directed support, personalisation and the provision of social care

Work in this area has examined the design and delivery of Self-Directed Support in Scotland and the personalisation of social care in England and its role in enabling disabled people to live independently.  

This area has been a long standing interest of the Glasgow Centre or Disability Research and we have a number of projects that have explored this topic.

This includes the study 'Why has the policy of self-directed support not secured transformative change in social care in Scotland? Establishing a dialogue for policy reform at a time of change', funded by the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account.

We have also examined the impact of the integration of health and social care on the provision of social care.


Pearson, C. (2020) Independent living and the failure of governments. In: Watson, N. and Vehmas, S. (eds.)Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138365308 

Pearson, C. , Brunner, R., Porter, T. and Watson, N. (2020) Personalisation and the promise of independent living: where now for cash, care and control for disability organisations across the UK?Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 22(1), pp. 285-295. (doi: 10.16993/sjdr.742) 

Pearson, C. , Watson, N. and Manji, K. (2018) Changing the culture of social care in Scotland: Has a shift to personalisation brought about transformative change?Social Policy and Administration, 52, pp. 662-676. (doi: 10.1111/spol.12352

Pearson, C. and Watson, N. (2018) Implementing health and social care integration in Scotland: Renegotiating new partnerships in changing cultures of care. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26(3), e396-e403. (doi: 10.1111/hsc.12537) (PMID:29349854) 

Pearson, C. and Ridley, J. (2017) Is personalization the right plan at the wrong time?: Re-thinking cash-for-care in an age of austerity.Social Policy and Administration, 51(7), pp. 1042-1059. (doi: 10.1111/spol.12216)