Professor Saul Becker

Professor Saul Becker

College of Social Sciences
Head of the College of Social Sciences

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Saul Becker is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham, Head of the College of Social Sciences, and a member of the University Executive Board. In his PVC role he is responsible for the leadership and management of all portfolios in a College with nearly 900 staff and nearly 10,000 students spread across four Schools (Government and Society, Social Policy, Education, and Birmingham Business School), with Departments and Institutes that include Economics, Politics and International Relations, Social Policy, Social Work, Health Services Management, Business and Management, Sociology, International Development, Institute for Local Government Studies, Public Services Academy. Saul has University-wide thematic responsibilities that include leading on Civic Engagement; supporting the University of Birmingham Secondary (Training) School; Brexit Planning; and 'Engagement for Impact' (E4I).

Saul has previously held Chairs at the universities of Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham before returning to Birmingham in 2014. At Nottingham (2006-14) he was Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation; Faculty Director of Research for the Social Sciences; and Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Saul is an active researcher and passionate advocate for public engagement, with over 50 externally funded research projects as Principal Investigator (total value £2.5m); 330 publications (including 18 books); and over 210 conference papers most as invited keynote speaker. He is regarded as the world leader for research on 'young carers' – children who provide (unpaid) care to ill, disabled and other family members. He is invited around the world to talk about his research, policy, and he currently advises Governments, policy makers and professionals/service providers in a number of countries.

Saul is an Academician of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was a member of the REF 2014 Sub-panel 22 for Social Work and Social Policy, and is a former Chair of the UK Social Policy Association. He is the Founding Series Editor for the Policy Press Understanding Welfare book series. Saul is also a qualified and Registered Social Worker.

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Saul's recent publications include:

Leu, A. and Becker, S. (2016) 'A Cross-national and comparative classification of in-country awareness and policy responses to "young carers"', Journal of Youth Studies, pp 1-13. doi:10.1080/13676261.2016.1260698

Becker, S. and Leu, A. (2014) 'Young Carers', in H. Montgomery (ed) Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies, Oxford University Press, New York. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199791231-0120

Joseph, S., Becker, S., Elwick, H. and Silburn, R. (2012) 'Adult carers quality of life questionnaire (AC-QoL): development of an evidence-based tool', Mental Health Review Journal, vol, 17, no. 2, pp. 57-69.

Becker, S. Bryman, A. and Ferguson, H. (eds) (2012) Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work: Themes, Methods and Approaches, Policy Press, Bristol.

Evans, R. and Becker, S. (2009) Children Caring for Parents with HIV and AIDS: Global Issues and Policy Responses, Policy Press, Bristol.