Peter Beresford OBE


Peter Beresford OBE is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University London and Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex.

He is a long term user/survivor of mental health services and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the independent UK disabled people’s and service users’ organisation and network ( He has a longstanding interest in issues of participation as researcher, writer, campaigner, educator and service user. He has a longstanding interest in personalisation and person-centred support.

He is author of A Straight Talking Guide To Being A Mental Health Service User, PCCS Books and his latest book is All Our Welfare: Towards participatory social policy (Policy Press, 2016).


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