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Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Social Policy, Swansea University

Gideon Calder leads the Social Policy programme at Swansea University, and has interests in theories of social justice, and the relationship between debates about key values on the one hand, and the (different, sometimes messy) world of policy and practice on the other. He now works mostly on social mobility, the family, childhood, disability and the ethics of care - often in the overlaps between these areas. His most recent book is How Inequality Runs in Families: Unfair Advantage and the Limits of Social Mobility (Policy Press, 2016). He is co-editor of the journal Ethics & Social Welfare (Taylor & Francis), and of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Childhood and Children. He has appeared regularly on BBC radio, most recently on The Moral Maze. He's also a member of Newport Fairness Commission.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts