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Dr Toby Brandon

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Toby _brandon _socialworkToby Brandon has a long standing interest in inclusion and engagement, regionally developing a network of contacts within Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, third sector and other organisations, including a Clinical Research Group (funded by the North East Mental Health Research Network) and a Research Compact with the Percy Hedley Foundation, Equality North East and Launch Pad Mental Health Network.

Recently he has been principal investigator or co-investigator on over £740,000 worth of funding (inc. ESRC and NHIR) and continues to work collaboratively with other universities on bids. His research outputs were part of the Research Excellence Framework for Social Policy UoA2014. His theory and practice focus is on ‘inclusion’ grounded in the co production of research in both disability and mental health. His work covers disablist hate crime, advocacy and mental health recovery.  Toby lectures extensively within Disability and Mad Studies. 

Campus Address

Room H019, Coach Lane Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL September 15 2005
  • PhD June 30 1999
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Making space for mental health care within the penal estate, Cassidy, K., Dyer, W., Biddle, P., Brandon, T., McClelland, N., Ridley, L. 24 Feb 2020, In: Health and Place
  • Destabilising equilibriums, Cook, T., Brandon, T., Zonouzi, M., Thomson, L. May 2019, In: Educational Action Research
  • Mental distress and 'self-stigma' in the context of support provision, Armstrong, V., Brandon, T. 17 Dec 2019, In: Mental Health and Social Inclusion
  • Pathways through Trusteeship, Daly, S., Slack, R., Brandon, T., Biddle, P. 11 Sep 2019, In: International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
  • Social Workers’ Negotiation of the Liminal Space Between Personalisation Policy and Practice, Southall, C., Lonbay, S., Brandon, T. 30 Jun 2019, In: European Journal of Social Work
  • ‘In whom we trust?’, Daly, S., Biddle, P., Brandon, T., Slack, R. Dec 2018, In: Voluntary Sector Review
  • Non-medical approved clinicians, Oates, J., Brandon, T., Burrell, C., Ebrahim, S., Taylor, J., Veitch, P. Sep 2018, In: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
  • Renegotiating Power in Adult Safeguarding: The Role of Advocacy, Lonbay, S., Brandon, T. 10 Apr 2017, In: The Journal of Adult Protection
  • In-depth Analysis of Qualitative Interviews for the Deciding Together Consultation, Brandon, T., Atkin, H. 3 Apr 2016
  • Madness, distress and the politics of disablement, Brandon, T. Jul 2016, In: Disability & Society

PGR Supervision

  • Cathryn Meredith Start: 01/10/2016
  • Emmanouil Gratsias Advocacy, what difference does it make, exploring the theoretical and practice impact of advocacy work. Start: 06/04/2011
  • Rosaleen McDonagh From Shame to Pride: The Politics of Disabled Traveller Identity Start: 27/09/2013
  • Annessa Rebair Meeting Spaces; Crafting conversations about suicide in nurse education Start: 03/09/2015
  • Annessa Rebair Meeting Spaces; Crafting conversations about suicide in nurse education Start: 03/09/2015
  • Carole Southall Social Workers' Experience of Assessing Capacity and 'Best Interest' Decision Making Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Start: 11/10/2012


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