Professor Bob Deacon

BioPhoto-BobDeaconProfessor of International Social Policy, University of Sheffield since 1997.

Professor Bob Deacon is a distinguished professor of Social Policy who was elected to the UK Academy of the Social Sciences in 2003. He is also currently a Visiting Professor of the United Nations University Centre for Regional Integration in Bruges.

He is a world expert in and leading analyst of the relationship between globalisation and social policy. In this context he was the founding editor of Global Social Policy and authors of the first and the leading text in the subject: Global Social Policy and Governance (Sage). He is currently editor of the Global Social Policy Digest section of the GSP journal. He founded the international Globalism and Social Policy Programme (GASPP) in 1997 and continues to direct this programme based upon four centres: Sheffield, New Delhi, McMaster in Canada and STAKES in Finland ( He was a key force behind the establishment of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) in Thessaloniki, Greece.

He has been invited to address plenary sessions as key-note speaker within the past few years at Conferences and Seminars of the World Bank, the United Nations, the International Council of Social Welfare, UNESCO, ILO as well as speaking at scholarly conferences. He has lectured in 40 countries.

He has acted as an advisor or consultant to the World Bank, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNDP, ILO, UNUCRIS, ITCILO, UNDPTCDC, UNESCO, WHO, EU, Council of Europe, ICWS and the governments of Czechoslovakia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Sweden and the UK.

Professor Bob Deacon has authored or edited 10 books. He has authored 35 chapters and many articles in journals. He was also founding editor of Critical Social Policy, a leading social policy journal and was a member of the founding editorial board of the Journal of European Social Policy. He sits on the advisory boards of three other journals.

He is a respected teacher of the subject currently teaching by invitation on two prestigious international MA programmes in Global Public Affairs and Global Governance at Science Po in Paris and Maastricht School of Governance in the Netherlands. He is currently external examiner at Oxford University. He wrote the commended on-line course in Global Social Policy for the World University Network (currently taught out of York University), and is a founding member of the new WUN Critical Global Poverty Studies network. In 2007-2008 he lead the team at Sheffield in designing the new Masters in Global Social Policy.