Professor Paul Spicker is a writer and commentator on social policy. His published work includes sixteen books, several shorter works and over 80 academic papers. His work on housing and welfare rights is based in his early career; since then, his research has included studies related to benefit delivery systems, the care of old people, psychiatric patients, housing management and local anti-poverty strategy. He has also been a consultant on social welfare in practice, doing work for a range of agencies at local, national and international levels. After teaching at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Dundee, he held the Grampian Chair of Public Policy at Robert Gordon University from 2001-2015. He is now an Emeritus Professor and a Fellow of CROP, the International Social Science Council's Comparative Research Programme on Poverty.