Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology in the School of Psychology at The University of Birmingham

The psychology of support for war and militarism   

Why do we–not the politicians or the generals, but ordinary people–so often and so willingly support war, in the west and elsewhere?
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The psychology of economic inequality

In the UK, the USA, and in many other countries, a high level of economic inequality is now one of the major problems facing society.
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Despite the undoubted progress that has been made in treating it, the nature of addiction remains something of a mystery. Is it a ‘disease’?

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Gambling policy

The recognition that gambling could be as much an addiction as drug addiction was a central part of the idea of Excessive Appetites I was developing in the 1970s and early 80s.
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Addiction and the family

This was the main topic of my PhD research in the late 1960s and early 70s, and this interest has continued since then, becoming in later years my main area of academic and practical interest.
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about Jim Orford

Trained as a clinical psychologist, my work took me from south London in the 1960s and 70s, to Exeter in the 70s, 80s and early 90s, and then to Birmingham. I have worked in the NHS, Universities, and sometimes in both. The larger parts of my work have been in research and in teaching.

I retain my connection with Birmingham University where I am fortunate enough to have an honorary position as Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology in the School of Psychology.