Bill Jordan was born in Dublin in 1941. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford in 1962, and worked for 20 years in the probation service and social work.
He taught social work at Exeter and Huddersfield Universities, before taking a number of Visiting Professorships in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Australia.
He is the author of 26 books on social work, social policy and political theory. He was a founding member of the Basic Income Research Group.
He was married to the child care policy research pioneer Jean Packman, who died last year. He is currently Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Plymouth University.
He has made his living as a street artist, and played cricket for Devon, as well as being cross-country champion of South West England in his age group.