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Dr Rod Hick

Dr Rod Hick


School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 2087 4957
Room 1.28, Glamorgan Building


I am the undergraduate teaching group convenor for Social Policy, and contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also Co-Editor of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.

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 working with colleagues at the Auckland University of Technology on a study of in-work poverty in New Zealand, funded by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission (led by Prof. Gail Pacheco, AUT).

I have recently completed a project on in-work poverty in the UK, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the findings of which were reported in The Guardian, The Independent and in the UK House of Commons. You can access the final report from this research here.

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:


SI0282 – Introduction to Social and Public Policy (Stage 1, Convenor)

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.


Co-Investigator, ‘In-work poverty in New Zealand’, New Zealand Human Rights Commission, NZ$107,000 (~£55,500, PI: Prof Gail Pacheco, Auckland University of Technology).

Co-Applicant, ‘Transnational transformations in social protection - concepts, instruments and contexts’, GW4 Alliance, £71,708 (PI: Dr Rana Jawad, University of Bath, 2016-2017).

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).