Clive Sealey

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Theory

Department of Social Work and the Community

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542272

I like to teach on general social policy issues, such as benefits, health, housing and education. Students often do not see the importance of these issues to their lives, and my teaching aims to make these as relevant as possible to them, through a variety of interactive and imaginative teaching methods. My aim is to make social policy teaching as personal, engaging and relevant as possible within the academic context. I like to encourage students to think for themselves and develop their critical thinking skills.


PhD Social Policy, University of Birmingham
MA Social Research, Social Policy, University of Birmingham
BA Social Policy, University of Bangor, Wales

Teaching and Research

Teaching Interests

My teaching interest is in social policy and I teach on a number of social policy modules. These include Introduction to Social Policy in an ever-changing world and Ideologies of Welfare.

I also teach on Foundation Degree modules and criminology module. These both on the importance of policy and how it is made, policy related, which is also and interest of mine.

I also teach the Independent Study module.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on poverty related issues, particularly those related to low pay and employment. I am also interested in the processes and dynamics of policy, such as how it is made, who makes it and what its implications are.


Chalari, A., Sealey, C. and Webb, M. (forthcoming) A Comparison of Subjective Experiences and Responses to Austerity of UK and Greek Youth, Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe, London: London School of Economics

Sealey, C. (2016) Wither Multiculturalism? an analysis of the impact on Welfare Practice and Theory of Policy Responses to an Increasingly Multicultural Society in the UK. Social Work Review, Vol 1, pp. 11-26

Sealey, C. (2015) Social Policy Simplified: Connecting Theory With People's Lives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sealey, C. (2015) Social Exclusion: Re-examining its Conceptual Relevance to Tackling Inequality and Social Injustice, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol 35, (9/10) pp, 600-617

Sealey, Clive (2014) Social Exclusion, Risk and the UK Youth Labour Market, in Young People and Social Policy in Europe. Work and Welfare in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 87-105.

Sealey, C. (2013) Turning Brass to Muck? A Small Scale Exploration of Charities Use of Charity Bags Collections. Third Sector Knowledge Portal: Independent Content Selection, Online:


I act as a consultant on social policy issues for Dacorum Borough Council.