Dr Gideon Calder

Dr Gideon Calder

Associate Professor of Social Philosophy and Policy, Politics, Philosophy and International Relations

Email address

Control Room - 124
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am Director of Postgraduate Studies for Politics and International Relations, and also director of the Social Policy degree programme.  I lecture mainly on social justice, children and the family, and political and social theory.  My research has involved the application of political and social theory to a range of areas, currently childhood, co-production and aspects of social welfare.  I am author or editor of 10 books – most recently The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Chilldren – as well as over 60 articles and chapters.  I co-edit the journal Ethics and Social Welfare, having previously edited Res Publica and have acted as a reviewer for over 40 different academic journals.  I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Social Policy Association, a fellow of the RSA, and Chair of the Newport Fairness Commission.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Political philosophy
  • Social theory
  • Childhood, the family and social justice
  • Co-production
  • Social welfare in theory and policy
  • Applied and professional ethics

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Equality and inequality

Childhood, the family and social justice

Political ideologies

The sociology and politics of social policy

The philosophy of research