Pete Alcock

Director, Third Sector Research Centre

Professor of Social Policy and Administration, Pete Alcock’s research has covered the fields of poverty and anti-poverty policy, social security, and the role of the third sector.

As director of TSRC he leads the development and delivery of the Centre’s research streams, and is also leader for the theory and policy and economic and social impact streams.

Research interests at TSRC include:

  • Theoretical analysis of the third sector and Civil Society
  • The development and delivery of third sector policy
  • The impact of devolution within the UK on third sector policy and practice
  • Comparative analysis of third sector policy
  • Qualitative research and analysis of voluntary organisations


Professor Alcock has over thirty years of experience of academic work in Social Policy. He was Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work in Birmingham from January 2000 to June 2003, and Head of the School of Social Sciences from 2003-2008. He is an elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Pete is a member of the Steering Group of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, and is Chair of the Editorial Management Board of Voluntary Sector Review. He is a former Chair of the Social Policy Association and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, and Public Management Review.

He is author and editor of a number of leading books on social policy, including: