Paul Spicker

Paul Spicker

Professor of Public Policy / Robert Gordon University, SCOTLAND

Paul Spicker holds the Grampian Chair of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Scotland and has a PhD in Social Administration from the University of London.

He was joint editor of the CROP (Comparative Research Program on Poverty) International Glossary on Poverty in 1997 and again in 2008, and previously contributed papers for CROP sessions on law and poverty at Onati.

His research interests include studies related to benefit delivery systems, the care of old people, psychiatric patients, housing management and local anti-poverty strategy. He has experience of housing and welfare rights work, and has also been a consultant on social welfare in practice, having done work for a range of agencies at local, national and international levels.

Recent Publications:

  • Social Policy: Theory and Practice.Policy Press, 2014
  • Reclaiming Individualism: Perspectives on Public Policy. Policy Press, 2013
  • The Idea of Poverty. Policy Press, 2007

CROP News and Events

Poverty as Ideology: Rescuing Social Justice from Global Development Agendas

18 January 2019 | George Washington University, USA

BOOK LAUNCH by Andrew Fischer, winner of the International Studies in Poverty Prize awarded by CROP and Zed Books.


January 2019

CROP POVERTY BRIEF 48: By Adebusuyi Isaac Adeniran (Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria, and Research Coordinator at Migration and Development in Africa Monitors (MDAM), Nigeria)

Consolidating South Africa's Emerging Democratic Developmental State through Developmental Local Government

December 2018

CROP POVERTY BRIEF: By Isaac Khambule (PhD Candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa)

News from CROPNET

Fifth Annual Amartya Sen Essay Prize

12-15 March 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya

ESSAYS: Award ceremony will be held at social justice conference.

SDG Conference Bergen

7-8 February 2019 | University of Bergen

re:thinking/re:working - Addressing the inequality of knowledge

CODESRIA 15th General Assembly

17-21 December, 2018 | Dakar, Senegal

EVENT: Africa and the Crisis of Globalisation.