Pete Alcock is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and Administration at the University of Birmingham. He was involved in teaching and researching in social policy for over forty years. He joined the University of Birmingham in 1998. From 2003-2008 he was Head of the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham, from 2008-2014 he was Director of the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), and from 2013-2016 he was Director of the University’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.
He is author and editor of a number of leading books on social policy including Why We Need Welfare (Policy Press 2016) Social Policy in Britain 4e (Palgrave 2014), The Student’s Companion to Social Policy 5e (Wiley Blackwell 2016), Understanding Poverty 3e (Palgrave 2006), and International Social Policy 2e (Palgrave 2009). His research has covered the fields of poverty and anti-poverty policy, social security, and the role of the UK third sector.