Graham Riches joined the UBC School of Social Work and Family Studies in 1998 on his appointment as Director. He began his academic career as Lecturer in the new Department of Social Work at the University of Hong Kong (1968-71). He moved to Canada in 1974 on his appointment as Assistant Professo...
Graham Riches joined the UBC School of Social Work and Family Studies in 1998 on his appointment as Director. He began his academic career as Lecturer in the new Department of Social Work at the University of Hong Kong (1968-71). He moved to Canada in 1974 on his appointment as Assistant Professor in the new Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina and taught there until 1991. At the University of Regina he helped establish the Social Administration Research Unit of which he was Director from 1981-83 and 1986-91. In 1991, he was appointed the Foundation Professor and Chair of Social Work at James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia returning to Canada in late 1994 where he took up an appointment in the new Social Work Program at the University of Northern British Columbia in 1994 where he later assumed the headship. He has practiced community development in Sarawak/Malaysia (Voluntary Service Overseas) and Tanzania and in London and Liverpool (UK) where he was warden if the Liverpool University Settlement for 1971-74.
His publications have included Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis (Ottawa: Canadian Council on Social Development, 1986); Unemployment and Welfare: Social Policy and the Work of Social Work ,co-edited (Toronto: Garamond Press, 1990) and First World Hunger: Food Security and Welfare Politics, edited (London: Macmillan/New York: St Martins, 1990).
He was a co-founder of the Canadian Review of Social Policy of which he is a member of the Board of Directors. He also sits on the boards of the Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Canadian Council on Social Development and the Vancouver Food Policy Organization. He is a Research Associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a member of the BC Social Work Education Consortium, the BC Association of Social Workers, FarmFolkCityFolk and the Canadian Food Security Network.