Dr Gideon Calder

Dr Gideon Calder

Associate Professor of Social Philosophy and Policy, Politics, Philosophy and International Relations

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602857

Email address

Research Links

Office - 124
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Gideon Calder directs the Social Policy programme at Swansea University, and lectures mainly on inequality, children and the family, and aspects of political and social theory.  His research focuses on relationships between values, policy and practice, and how each informs the other.  He is author or editor of 10 books, as well as over 60 articles and chapters.  He co-edits the journal Ethics and Social Welfare, having previously edited Res Publica and has acted as a reviewer for over 40 different academic journals.  He has appeared regularly on BBCTV and radio, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Social Policy Association, a fellow of the RSA, and Chair of the Newport Fairness Commission.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Childhood
  • Families
  • Inequality
  • Social mobility and life chances
  • Co-production
  • Professional ethics
  • Social justice
  • Social and political theory

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

The sociology and politics of social policy

The family, childhood and children

Poverty and social exclusion

Social justice

Professional ethics


My current research lies mainly in two areas: issues around childhood and social justice, and on the theory and practice of co-production.