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Social Work and Social Policy

Social Work and Social Policy orientated research draws upon academic staff from a wide range of disciplinary areas within the School of Social Sciences. These include Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work.


Research contact: Professor Pam Alldred

This subject area's underlying research ethos is reflected in a desire to influence policy and practice with a view to enhancing social interventions. A significant component of our research is undertaken on behalf of, and in partnership with, key user groups including local, national and international policy makers and practitioners across social and criminal justice agencies.

Research activity in this area is concentrated within two distinctive research clusters:

  • Crime and Youth Justice
  • Social Inequalities and Social Interventions

Researchers in this subject area have completed work for and with organisations involved in public service delivery and professional bodies, including:

  • National government departments (Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Departments of Health, Education, Communities and the Local Government Cabinet Office)
  • National professional or subject bodies (National Youth Agency, Children’s Workforce Development Council, National Children’s Bureau, Homeless Link)
  • Local and regional government departments and agencies.
  • Police forces
  • Prisons
  • NHS healthcare services
  • Youth services
  • Social services.

Our long standing relationship with key stakeholder organisations reflects our commitment to meaningful engagement with user groups.


  • Crime and Youth Justice
  • Social Inequalities and Social Interventions

Case Studies

The following Impact Case Studies are linked to this subject area:

Associated departments:

Potential Supervisors:

Professor Pam Alldred (Professor)
Amy Allen (Senior Lecturer)
Jill Arnold
Dr Elaine Arnull (Reader)
Sarah Askin (Lecturer)
Dr Charlie Baker (Lecturer)
Steph Barfield
Dr Adam Barnard (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Angie Bartoli (Principal Lecturer / CPD Lead)
Peter Benbow (Senior Lecturer / Admissions Tutor)
Paul Blakeman (Senior Lecturer / MA Social Work Course Leader)
Alan Booth (Lecturer)
Dr Graham Bowpitt (Associate Professor)
Dr Geraldine Brady (Associate Professor)
Dr Simon Cauvain (Head of Social Work)
Jane Challinor (Principal Lecturer)
Anne Darby (Learning Advisor)
Claire De Motte (Lecturer)
Christopher Durkin (Principle Lecturer)
David Ellicot (Senior Lecturer)
Dee Ellidge (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Shantey Francis (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Shona Freeman (Lecturer)
Louise Griffiths (Lecturer / BA (Hons) Health and Social Care Course Leader)
Rob Hawley (Lecturer)
Dr Dominic Holland (Research Assistant)
Tracey Horton (Lecturer)
Dr Francis Howard (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Peter Jennings (Senior Lecturer)
Ian Jones
Dr Linda Kemp (Research Fellow)
Kerry Lemon
Richard Machin (Senior Lecturer)
Alasdair McCarrick (Lecturer)
Jo McFadden (Senior Lecturer)
Fungisai Mushawa (Senior Lecturer / BA (Hons) Social Work Course Leader)
Dr Gabriella Mutale (Research Assistant)
Dr Aslihan Nisanci
Jo Orgill (Lecturer)
Dr Vicky Palmer (Senior Lecturer)
Hetvi Parekh (Lecturer)
Yvonne Parkes (Lecturer)
Dean Penford (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Jodie Pennacchia (Lecturer)
James Pike (Lecturer)
Satvinda Rai (Practice Assessor)
Emma Reith Hall (Senior Lecturer)
Jo Reynolds (Lecturer)
Jenny Sanders (Senior Lecturer)
Mark Sheppard (Learning Development Worker)
Jenny Simpson (Senior Lecturer)
Amanda Skelham (Lecturer)
Dr Martin Smith (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Stacey Stewart (Lecturer)
Dr Christopher Towers (Senior Lecturer)
Lisa Wardle (Principle Lecturer)

Still need help?

Professor Pam Alldred
+44 115 84 88219