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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. In practice, within the Social Work, Care and Community Department are staff working in Childhood Studies, Gender Studies, Health and Social Care, Policy Studies, Social Work Practice Studies, Youth Studies, and Youth Work Studies.

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Research contact: Dr Geraldine Brady

This subject area's underlying research ethos is reflected in a desire to promote social justice, 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.

Researchers in this subject area have worked in partnership with -

  • Social services and BASW
  • NHS healthcare services
  • Youth services and the JNC
  • Charities and third sector organisations
  • National government departments (Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Departments of Health, Education, Communities, DFID and the Cabinet Office)
  • National professional or subject bodies (National Youth Agency, Children’s Workforce Development Council, National Children’s Bureau, Homeless Link, British Sociological Association, British Educational Research Association)
  • Local and regional government departments and agencies
  • European Union research and innovation funding (Rights, Equality and Citizenship, and DAPHNE programmes)
  • Police forces
  • Prisons

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


  • Social Work and Health
  • Crime and Youth Justice
  • Gender
  • Groups, Identities and Health

Case Studies

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Associated research centres

Staff in the Department of Social Work, Care and Community:

Professor Pam Alldred (Professor)
Amy Allen (Senior Lecturer)
Jill Arnold
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)

Research Seminar Series

How might research on equalities - anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and decolonising interventions - inspire the education of students in social work, health and social care, youth and community work and careers guidance?

The Department of Social Work, Care and Community Research Seminar Series will invite external and internal academics to share their practice of research-inspired teaching or teaching-inspired research.

Still need help?

Professor Pam Alldred
+44 115 84 88219