Professor Peter Dwyer

Professor of Social Policy

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Office Times

For semester 2 - January 2013

Tuesday 1.00 - 4.00pm


Prior to joining the University of Salford Professor Dwyer held senior posts at the University of Leeds and Nottingham Trent University.


Professor Dwyer convenes and teaches on two level 5 core modules on the BSc (Hons) Social Policy Programme. These are:

Ideological Approaches to Welfare

Citizenship and Welfare.

Research Interests

Professor Dwyer’s research and teaching focuses on two main areas. First, a critical engagement with the notion of social citizenship, especially in relation welfare rights and responsibilities and social inclusion/exclusion.  Second, the impact of international migration on welfare states and migrants' rights. To date he has published four books and a wide range of journal papers, chapters and reports on these themes and allied debates. His work has been funded by a range of organizations.

Recent and ongoing projects include:

2013-18 ‘Sanctions, support and behaviour change: understanding the role and impact of welfare conditionality’. A large ESRC funded project

2013-2115 ‘Roma MATRIX’. A European Commission  funded project

2011-2013 ‘Roma SOURCE’. A European Commission funded project  see:

2010-12 ‘Precarious lives: asylum seekers and refugees’ experiences of forced labour’. An ESRC funded project in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Leeds see:  

2009-2010 ’The support priorities of multiply excluded homeless people and their compatibility with support agency agendas’ An ESRC funded project in collaboration with Colleagues at Nottingham Trent University see:

Qualifications and Memberships

1999 PhD by Research, Thesis Title: British Citizenship and Welfare: Some ‘Grassroots’ Perceptions, Experiences and Expectations. (University of Leeds)

2003 Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Open University)

1995 B.Sc. (Hon.) Sociology and Social Psychology. (University of Bradford)

Member of the Social Policy Association


To date Professor Dwyer has published five books and a wide range of journal papers, chapters and reports. Key publications from 2010 onward include

Dwyer, P. (2010) [2nd edition] Understanding Social Citizenship: Issues for Policy and Practice, Bristol, Policy Press.

Cook, J.,  Dwyer, P. and Waite, L. (2012) ‘Accession 8 migration and the proactive and defensive engagement of social citizenship’, Journal of Social Policy, 41(2) 329-347.

Dwyer, P., Lewis, H., Scullion, L. and Waite. L. (2011) Immigration Policy and Forced Labour: Status Matters?, York Report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, available at:

Dwyer, P. and Hardill, I. (2011) ‘Promoting social inclusion? The impact of village services on the lives of older people living in rural England’, Ageing and Society, 31(2) :234-264.

Dwyer, P. and Somerville, P. (2011) [ eds] ‘Themed section: exploring multiple exclusion homelessness’, Social Policy and Society 10(4): 495-593.

Please see my SEEK profile for a full list of publications.