Dr. Dave Beck

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building C509

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Current positions

Lecturer of Social Policy


Dave is a food poverty expert with teaching and research interests across Social Policy. Dave’s focus is concerned examining the role which (food) poverty, food banks and other emergency food organisations shapes our Society. Dave’s work addresses the Socio-political influence of Neoliberalism and how changing Welfare Policies create and influence interaction between people and their communities and what this means for peoples’ ability to provide food for themselves and their families. As a Social Scientist, Dave’s work is at the confluence between Social Policy, Politics, Sociology and Human Geography, combining an interest with mapping (GIS) Social Policy impacts on society.


Dave Teaches on a number of modules within Social Policy - Social Security and Welfare; Ideological Approaches to Welfare; Studying Social Policy and Social Policy within the Foundation year.

Research Interests

Research and Teaching Interests - Poverty; Social Exclusion; Welfare Reform; Conditionality; Food Poverty; Identities and Neoliberalism. Dave's research includes methods such as - Qualitative approaches; Focus-Groups; Grounded Theory and Biographical Research and how these can be examined through mapping

Dave works with policy makers in both Westminster and Cardiff addressing issues of food poverty and welfare reform. Recently, Dave has submitted academic evidence to several Political Select Committees including the Welsh Government Tackling Poverty/Tackling Food Poverty Strategy; the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom; The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Wales); and the Department for Work and Pensions Select Committee. External to the University of Salford, Dave maintains roles within several anti-food poverty groups;

• Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce

• Steering-group and founding member of the North Wales Food Poverty Alliance (Sustain – Food Power)

• Feeding Britain

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Associate Fellow HEA

Postgraduate Research

  • Poverty
  • Welfare Reform
  • Food Poverty
  • Identities of Poverty