Dr. Dave Beck

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building C509

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Current positions

Lecturer in Social Policy


Dave is a food poverty expert with teaching and research interests across Social Policy. Dave’s primary focus is concerned with examining the role which (food) poverty, food banks and other emergency food aid organisations shapes our society. Dave’s research 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. The main focus here is on both practical and theoretical aspects of social security, examining the current influence of Universal Credit and the possibility of a Universal Basic Income. In addition to this, Dave's work also aims to address issues of Environmental Social Policy and our interaction with the global and local environment. 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:

  • Level 3 Understanding Social Policy
  • Level 4 Studying Social Policy
  • Level 5 Social Security and Welfare
  • Level 5 Ideological Approaches to Welfare


Research Interests

As a qualitative researcher Dave's work focuses on employing methods such as – Narrative and Semi-Structured Interviews; Oral/Life-History Interviews; Focus-Groups etc. methodologically examined through Grounded Theory or other qualitative approaches. Dave’s research interests are associated with:

  • Poverty
  • Food Poverty
  • Social Exclusion
  • Welfare Reform
  • Conditionality
  • Environmental Social Policy
  • Identities and Neoliberalism
  • Universal Basic Income
  • Universal Credit

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 House Of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment; 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. In addition, Dave has recently collaborated with international scholars in an edited book for the United Nations examining the current position of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 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


  • PGCertHE1 (Bangor University)
  • Ph.D. Social Policy (Bangor University)
  • M.A. Social Research and Social Policy (Bangor University)
  • B.A. (Hons) Environmental Planning and Management (Bangor University)


  • Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate Research

  • Welfare
  • Social Security
  • Poverty
  • Food Policy
  • Environmental Social Policy
  • Universal Basic Income
  • Universal Credit