Professor Jim Orford
emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Birmingham; founder, Gambling Watch UK; author, Power, Powerlessness and Addiction

Jim Orford studied psychology at Cambridge and London Universities and is now Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a longstanding, internationally recognised researcher and writer in the addiction field and in psychology more generally. Amongst his 14 previous books are successful titles on addiction, notably, Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions (1st edition, 1985, 2nd edition, 2001); as well as others on community psychology: Community Psychology, Theory and Practice (1992); Community Psychology: Challenges, Controversies and Emerging Consensus (2008). His most recent book is Power, Powerlessness and Addiction (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Jim is one of the UK’s leading academics on the subject of gambling. He was an academic advisor for the 1999, 2007 and 2010 British Gambling Prevalence Surveys. He is well-known for his critical views on gambling policy. He has made regular radio and TV comments on the subject, notably for BBC Panorama, Channel 4 Dispatches and Russia Today. In 2012 he set up Gambling Watch UK to campaign for a public health approach to gambling.


Saturday 22 October, 14.00 Pit Theatre
Does Britain have a gambling problem?