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Emeritus Professor of Social Justice, University of Hull

Gary was the world’s first Professor in Social Justice when he was appointed at the University of Hull in 2000. He was also founding Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu) and led the team working on issues of modern slavery.

He worked in community development until returning to academic life in 1990 and was President of the International Association for Community Development (with UN consultative status) for 9 years till 2008. He is on the Boards of the Journal of Social Policy, Journal of Social Development in Africa, Community Development, and the Journal of Intercultural Studies, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was a member of the 2007 RAE panel for social policy, social work and health studies and is a Trustee of the UK Desmond Tutu Foundation.

In between times, he likes walking, birdwatching and singing.

Gary has about 250 publications, including books, chapters in books, journal articles and research reports. He has a book on Understanding 'race ' and ethnicity, currently in Press


  • 2009–present
    Professor of Community Development and Social Justice, University of Durham


  • 1991 
    University of Bradford, PhD