Title: Professor
First Name: Paul
Surname: Spicker
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263120

Role and Responsibilities
Professor Paul Spicker holds the Grampian Chair of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University and works as the Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Management.

Background and Experience
Paul Spicker has written widely in the field of social policy, having published ten books, several shorter works and over 50 academic papers. His research has included 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.

Public and Social Policy (website by Paul Spicker)

Published Books

Recent Publications and Papers


  • P Spicker, D Byrne, Unethical guidelines, Policy World Winter/Spring 2010 pp 12-4.
  • The origins of modern welfare: Juan Luis Vives, De Subventione Pauperum, and City of Ypres, Forma Subventionis Pauperum, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010, 157 pp.
  • Paul Spicker, Sonia Alvarez Leguizamón y David Gordon [editores] Pobreza: Un glosario internacional, Buenos Aires: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales 2010, 320 pp.
  • P Spicker, L Simpson, Editorial: the cuts Radical Statistics 2010 no 103
  • Cutting social security, Radical Statistics 2010 no 103, pp 40-49.
  • The Universal Credit, Holyrood 2010 no 243, p 29.



  • Poverty, in R Chadwick (ed), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, vol. 3, San Diego CA: Academic Press pp 554-560.
  • Social security, in R Chadwick (ed), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, vol. 4, San Diego CA: Academic Press, pp 167-174
  • Social welfare: the provision and finance of social services, in R Chadwick (ed), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, vol. 4, San Diego CA: Academic Press, 182-188.
  • “Leadership”: a perniciously vague concept, International Journal of Public Sector Management 25(1) 34-47.

Earlier Publications and Papers