Thanks for your clarification.
First, the "R" stands for "Robert."
Second, I have found biographical information on Whelan, and there is
no indication that he has a doctorate or has taught in any institution
of higher education, at least in the recent past.
As you know, one of his recent affiliations has been with the Family
Education Trust, an arm of a charitable organization called "Family
and Youth Concern." A page on that organization's website indicates
that Whelan has a Master's degree but not a doctorate:
"Trustees: Arthur Cornell MEd F.Coll.P (Chairman); Betty, Lady
Grantchester; Eric Hester BA (Vice Chairman; Dr John Guly; Simon J
Ling MA FCA (Hon Treasurer); Denis Riches BSc (Secretary); Mrs Valerie
Riches (Founder President); Dr Trevor Stammers; Robert Whelan MA."
Family and Youth Concern: Family and Education Trust
Whelan recently resigned his post at Family and Youth Concern to
concentrate on his role as Deputy Director of a UK-based nonprofit
charitable and think-tank organization called "Civitas: The Institute
for the Study of a Civil Society."
Here from the Civitas website is some more detailed information on
Whelan's CV and his current affiliation:
"Robert Whelan is the Deputy Director of Civitas. He was educated at
the John Fisher School, Purley, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where
he read English. His books include Choices in Childbearing, Committee
on Population and the Economy 1992; Broken Homes and Battered
Children and Teaching Sex in Schools, Family Education Trust 1994
and 1995; The Cross and the Rainforest, (with Joseph Kirwan and Paul
Haffner), Acton Institute and Eerdmans 1996; and, for the Institute of
Economic Affairs, Mounting Greenery 1988, Making a Lottery of Good
Causes (with Roger Cummins) 1995, The Corrosion of Charity 1996,
Octavia Hill and the Social Housing Debate (ed.) 1998, Wild In Woods:
The Myth of the Noble Eco-Savage 1999, and Involuntary Action: How
Voluntary is the ?Voluntary? Sector? 1999."
Civitas: "Helping the Poor: Friendly Visiting, Dole Charities and Dole
Queues," by Robert Whelan (October 2001)
Similar biographical information published elsewhere on the Civitas
website is consistent with that reprinted above but includes some
other publications as well as the information that Whelan "was
previously the Assistant Director of the IEA Health and Welfare Unit."
The IEA is the Institute of Economic Affairs, which describes itself
as "the UK's original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955."
Institute of Economic Affairs: "About the IEA"
I suggest that you may want to browse both the IEA and the Civitas
websites linked above, since they may provide you with useful
information about the scope of Mr. Whelan's responsibilities and
This page talks about Whelan in conjunction with his relinquishment of
his post with "Family and Youth Concern":
Family and Youth Concern: Bulletin 116: Summer 2004
I used various Google searches to find the information and to gain
reasonable confidence in the accuracy and completeness of that
information. After finding Whelan's affiliation with Civitas using a
search with "whelan" and "family education trust" as the search
terms,I just followed the trail by adding new promising search terms
as I came across them, such as "iea" and "family and youth concern."
Based on your clarification, I am confident that this answer includes
exactly the information you are seeking, and I hope that the extra
information that I found along the way is some some additional use to
you. If anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before
rating the answer.