Barry Knight

Rethinking Poverty

Barry Knight is a social scientist and statistician, and former Director of the Webb Memorial Trust. He has worked with and advised funders such as the Ford Foundation, the CS Mott Foundation, the Global Fund for Community Foundations, the Arab Reform Initiative and the European Foundation Centre. He is co-chair of the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace and is the author or editor of 15 books on poverty, civil society, community development and democracy, including Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society? As an evaluator, Barry trained as a statistician but takes an eclectic approach, and has pioneered new ways of thinking that have been published by the European Foundation Centre and WINGS. Barry is a frequent speaker at conferences, is in demand as a facilitator, and has worked as a mediator to resolve longstanding conflicts. Barry has held appointments at Cambridge University and in the British Government. He has published more than 100 articles on topics as diverse as economic development, crime and delinquency, family policy, children’s services, voluntary action, civil society and philanthropy. Barry serves on the editorial board of Alliance Magazine and has twice been guest editor.