Simon John Duffy

Philosopher in Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Simon is Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform and Secretary to Citizen Network.

He is a philosopher and social innovator who works to improve the welfare system and advance equal citizenship for all. He is a regular public speaker and government policy advisor, and speaks often on radio and television about welfare reform. His awards include the RSA's Prince Albert Medal and the SPA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Policy and he has a doctorate in moral philosophy.

His interest began in this field after university when he worked for the NHS as a management trainee. He went on to found Inclusion Glasgow in 1996, and following on from this, set up many new organisations in Scotland including Partners for Inclusion and Altrum. In 1999 he developed self-directed support in North Lanarkshire and, from 2003 he led the development of individual budgets and self-directed support in England, as CEO of In Control.

Simon writes on moral and political philosophy, the welfare state, citizenship, social justice and inclusion. Key publications include Unlocking the Imagination (1996), Keys to Citizenship (2003) Women at the Centre (2011) Peer Power (2012) and The Unmaking of Man (2013). Simon is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

  • Work
    • Centre for Welfare Reform
  • Education
    • Edinburgh University