Skip navigation

Our Research

We engage in pioneering research in partnership with communities, practitioners and organisations to develop new knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in the sector. With a strong interdisciplinary focus, we collaborate across subject areas in the department, faculty and beyond.

The list below outlines some of our research within this subject area:

  • Dr Dawn Benson (Disability studies)
  • Dr Toby Brandon (Inclusion and engagement; disability hate crime, advocacy and mental health recovery).
  • Dr Colin Cameron (Disability identity, affirmation model, disability arts)
  • Dr John Cavener (Sense-making, reflexivity and practice-depth in child protection, child sexual exploitation and missing children)
  • Dr Tina Cook (Participatory/inclusive research practice, learning disability, cognitive impairment and special educational needs)
  • Dr Stephen Crossley (‘Troubled families’, child poverty, inequality; sociology of social policy)
  • Dr Philip Heslop (Foster care, fathers, grandparents / kinship care and autism)
  • Prof Kim Holt (Family law, child protection and social justice)
  • Dr Nancy Kelly (Community development and public health, drug misuse, safeguarding children and decision making in pre-proceedings practice)
  • Dr Sarah Lonbay (Engagement of service users and carers within health and social care contexts: older people, adult safeguarding, service user and carer participation, social policy, and advocacy)
  • Dr Maria Inez Martinez (Human rights, social justice, social work education, critical realism)
  • Dr Alison McInnes (The ‘toxic trio’ and its effects on young people, obesity, international social work)
  • Dr Carole Southall
  • Dr Sharon Vincent (Child protection, child death review processes and prevention, child abuse and neglect, resilience, early intervention)

Explore Campus Facilities

Get an insight into life at Northumbria with videos and 360 panoramas of the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing.

a sign in front of a crowd

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news

Back to top