Robert Walker is an Associate Fellow and Professor Emeritus and Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College. He joined the Department as Professor of Social Policy in April 2006 when he also became a Fellow of what is now Green Templeton College. He was formerly Professor of Social Policy at the University Nottingham and before that Professor of Social Policy Research, Loughborough University where he was Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Academy of Social Sciences Academy and, in 2012, was awarded an MBE for his services to social policy research.
He took up a position at Beijing Normal University in October 2018 and is now professor there in the China Academy of Social Management/School of Sociology. He was a 2020/1 Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His principal research currently centres on the experience of poverty in China during the era of the 14th Five Year Plan.