Dr Rod Hick

Dr Rod Hick

Lecturer in Social Policy

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

I am a Lecturer in Social Policy at Cardiff University. I convene the MSc Social and Public Policy, and contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also Co-Editor of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (with Dr Gill Main, University of Leeds).

My primary research interests are the conceptualisation, measurement and analysis of poverty; the capability approach; and social security. I hold a PhD from the London School of Economics and in 2015 I was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) conference in Hong Kong, China. I am currently leading a Nuffield Foundation-funded project investigating the nature and scale of in-work poverty in the UK and the contribution made by policy to alleviating poverty amongst working families. 

For further information about my research, please visit my personal website.


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 in these areas, feel free to get in touch (preferably with a 1 or 2 page proposal outlining your ideas).

Editorial Board memberships

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

Honours and awards

Winner - Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) / Intersentia Best Paper Prize 2015. Paper Title: The Coupling of Disadvantages: Material Poverty and Multiple Deprivation in Europe before and after the Crisis. [Prize was awarded for the best paper presented at the 2015 FISS conference in Hong Kong, China].

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:


SI0260 – Poverty and Social Security in the UK (Stage 2, Convenor)

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


- International and Comparative Social and Public Policy (M Level)

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, ‘‘The best route out of poverty? A study on in-work poverty and policy in the UK’, Nuffield Foundation, £47,459 (2016-2017).

Principal Investigator, ‘Getting the measure of poverty in the Philippines and Vietnam’, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account – Global Challenges Fund, £5,905 (2016).

Co-Applicant, ‘New Paradigms of Social Protection’, GW4 Alliance, £7,525 (2016).

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 (2014-15).

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).

Principal Investigator, ‘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).


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