Dr Rod Hick

Dr Rod Hick

Lecturer in Social Policy

+44(0) 29 2087 4957
1.15, Glamorgan Building

I joined Cardiff University in January 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. I teach Social Policy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and am the Social and Public Policy team co-ordinator.

Prior to joining Cardiff University, I completed my doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Social security
  • Comparative welfare state change 

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with me and work in these areas, please do get in touch (preferably with a 1 or 2 page proposal).

Editorial Board memberships:

  • Journal of Social Policy - Jan 2015 – present
  • Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy Oct 2012 – present

I am also a member of the Associate Editorial Board of Sociological Research Online (since March 2013).

For further information please visit my personal website.

Professional memberships

  • Social Policy Association
  • Human Development and Capability Association

I teach Social Policy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At present, I make contributions to:


SI0236 - Introduction to Social and Public Policy (Stage 1)

SI0077 - Poverty, Social Policy and Income Maintenance (Stage 2, Convener)

SI0247 - International and Comparative Social and Public Policy (Stage 3, Convener)


- Participative Citizenship (M level)

- Research and Evidence-based Policy and Practice (Professional Doctorate, Convenor)

My primary research interests are:

- the conceptualisation, measurement and analysis of poverty and deprivation;

- the capability approach;

- social security, and

- comparative welfare state studies.


Principal Investigator, 'Retrenching Social Security in Ireland: The role of the IMF as a policy actor, 2010-2013', British Academy Small Grants Scheme, £2,373, 2014. [ongoing]

Team Leader and Principal Investigator, Independent Review on the Commissioning and Provision of Social Services to Older People in the City & County of Swansea, City & County of Swansea, £25,629, 2014. [completed]

'The politics of UK Government welfare reform', Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) [internal Cardiff University competition for funding for research assistance], £1,360. 2014. [completed]

'Poverty as Capability Deprivation: Employing the capability approach as the basis for conceptualising and measuring poverty and deprivation', Economic and Social Research Council +3 quota PhD Studentship with additional Advanced Quantitative Methods stipend, £65k, ESRC, 2008. [completed]