Contact Us |  

Search form

Main Menu

James Midgley

Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services

JAMES MIDGLEY is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and dean emeritus (1997-2006) of the School of Social Welfare.

An authority on international social welfare, Dr. Midgley is regarded as a pioneer in the fields of international social work and social work and social policy in the developing world. He has published widely on the topics of international social work and social welfare policy. Dr. Midgley’s current research interests include international social work, social development and social policy.


  • Development
  • Social Development
  • Social Policy
  • Community Development
  • International Social Welfare
  • Global Poverty and Inequality


Expanded Publications

Midgley, J., Social Development: Theory and Practice. London: Sage Publications, 2014.

Midgley, J., Social Policy and Social Change in East Asia. Langham. MD: Lexington Books (Rowan & Littlelfield) (Editor with James Lee & Yapeng Zhu), 2014.

Midgley, J. & Karger, H. Austerity versus Stimulus: International Challengers for Social Welfare. Special issue of Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Vol. 41 (2) 2014.

Midgley, J., Austerity versus Stimulus: Theoretical Perspectives and Policy Implications. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Vol. 41 (2), 2014, pp. 11-32

Midgley, J., Social Welfare Systems. In Masamichi Sasaki et al (Eds.), Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology. Boston, MA: Brill Publishers, 2014, pp. 217-225.

Midgley, J,, Patel, L. & Ulricksen, M. (Eds.), Social Protection in Southern Africa: New Opportunities for Social Development. Special issue of the Journal Development South Africa. Vol. 30 (1), 2013.

Hoefer, R. & Midgley, J. (Eds). Poverty, Income and Social Protection. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Midgley, J., Social Development and Social Protection: New Opportunities and Challenges. Development South Africa. 30 (1), 2013, 2-12.

Midgley, J & Piachaud, D (Eds.), Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in Brazil, China, India and Africa.Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2013.

Midgley, J., Poverty Policy, Development and the State: Toward a Typology of Strategic Approaches. In Ulrich Becker & Frans Pennings, F. (Eds.), International Standard Setting and Innovation in Social Security. Alphen an der Rijn: Kluwer Law International, 2013, pp. 139-158.

Midgley, J., Social Development and Social Welfare: Implications for Comparative Social Policy. In Patricia Kennett (Ed). A Handbook of Comparative Social Policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2013, pp. 182-204.

Midgley. J. & Carzola, A. (Eds.) Planning and Community Development: Case Studies. Madrid: Techincal University of Madrid, Grupo GESPLAN-UPM, 2012.

Patel, L., Kaseke, E. & Midgley, J. Indigenous Welfare and Community Based Social Development: Lessons from African Innovations. Journal of Community Practice. Vol. 20 (1/2), 2012, pp. 12-31.

Midgley, J., Social Protection and the Elderly in the Developing World: Mutual Aid, Microinsurance and the State. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare. Vol. 28 (2), 2012, pp. 153-163.

Midgley, J., Social Protection and Social Policy: Key Issues and Debates. Journal of Policy Practice. Vol. 11 (1/2), 2012, 8-24.

Midgley, J., Development. In L. M. Healy & R. Link (Eds.). Handbook on International Social Welfare. New York: Oxford University Press. 2012, pp. 24-29.

Midgley, J. & Sirojudin, Microinsurance and Social Protection: The Social Welfare Insurance Program for Informal Sector Workers in Indonesia. Journal of Policy Practice. Vol. 11 (1/2), 2012, 121-136.

Midgley, J. & Hosaka, M. (Eds), Grassroots Social Security in Asia: Mutual Aid, Microinsurance and Social Welfare. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Midgley, J. & Piachaud, D. Colonialism and Welfare: Social Policy and the British Imperial Legacy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2011.

Midgley, J., From Mutual Aid to Microinsurance. Strengthening Grassroots Social Security in the Developing World. Social Development Issues, Vol. 33 (1), 2011, pp1- 12.

Midgley, J. & Sirojudin, Social Protection and Community Based Social Security in Indonesia. Social Development Issues, Vol. 33 (1), 2011, pp 13-23.

Midgley, J. and Tang, K. L. (Eds), Social Policy and Poverty in East Asia. The Role of Social Security. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Midgley, J. & Conley, A. (Eds), Social Work and Social Development:Theories and Skills for Develomental Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Midgley, J., Global Debates and the Future of Social Development. Social Work Researcher Practitioner, Vol.22 (1), 2010, pp 8-23.

Midgley, J., Retirement provision in the United States: From Welfare Pluralism to Welfare Consumerism’ In Mark Hyde & John Dixon (Eds), Comparing How Nations Administer Retirement Income: Essays on Social Security. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010, pp. 23-46.

Midgley J., ‘Social Development and Social Work: Towards Global Dialogue.’ In H. G. Homfeldt and C. Reutlinger (Eds.), Sociale Arbeit and Sociale Enwicklung. Scheiner Verlag, 2009, pp. 12-24.

Midgley, J. and Livermore, M. (Eds), Handbook of Social Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2009.

Midgley J., ‘Developing Appropriate Approaches for Social Welfare in Developing Countries.’ Zeitschrift fur Auslandisches und Internationales Arbeits-und Sozialrecht, Vol. 22 (1-2), 2008, pp. 104-118.

Midgley J., ‘Perspectives on Globalization and Culture: Implications for International Social Work Practice.’ Journal of Global Social Work Practice. Vol. 1 (1), 2008, pp. 1-11.

Midgley, J. and Tang, K. L. (Eds), Social Security, the Economy and Development. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (Editor with Kwong-leung Tang).

Midgley, J., Welfare Reform in the United States: Implications for British Social Policy. (With commentaries by Kitty Stewart, David Piachaud and Howard Glennerster. London: Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics. CASEpaper 131, 2008.

Midgley, J. (Associate Editor), Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. (with Larry Davis and Terry Mizrahi et al (Editors.).

Midgley J., ‘Developmental Social Policy: Theory and Practice.’ In Xuilan Zhang and James Midgley (Eds.), Issues of Developmental Social Policy in China. Beijing: China Social Security Press, 2007, pp. 157-181.

Midgley J., ‘Soziale Entwicklung: Die Roller Soziale Arbeit.’ In Leonie Wagner and Ronald Lutz and (Eds.), Internationals Perspektiven Socialer Arbeit. Frankfurt Am Maine: IKO-Verlag, 2007, pp 129- 148. [Social Development: The Role of Social Work].

Midgley J., ‘Perspectives on Globalization, Social Justice and Social Welfare.’ Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Vol. 34 (2), 2007, pp. 17-35.