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Dr Tom Disney

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I am a Social Geographer and my research interests centre on families and children experiencing interventions of the state, with a conceptual focus on care and control across a variety of institutions. I explore how these interventions break or facilitate cycles of marginalisation of children, young people and families. My work lies at the intersection of Geography and Childhood Studies.

Tom Disney

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus



Key Publications

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  • Reclaiming failure in geography, Davies, T., Disney, T., Harrowell, E. 11 Jan 2021, In: Emotion, Space and Society
  • From snapshots of practice to a movie, Ferguson, H., Leigh, J., Cooner, T., Beddoe, L., Disney, T., Warwick, L., Plumridge, G. 1 Sep 2020, In: The British Journal of Social Work
  • Hostile relationships in social work practice, Ferguson, H., Disney, T., Warwick, L., Leigh, J., Cooner, T., Beddoe, L. 12 Nov 2020, In: Journal of Social Work Practice
  • Orphans, Disney, T. 2020, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies, SAGE
  • Relationship-based practice and the creation of therapeutic change in long-term work, Ferguson, H., Warwick, L., Disney, T., Leigh, J., Cooner, T., Beddoe, L. 30 Nov 2020, In: Social Work Education
  • Revealing the hidden performances of social work practice, Leigh, J., Disney, T., Warwick, L., Ferguson, H., Beddoe, L., Cooner, T. 9 Jun 2020, In: Qualitative Social Work
  • The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long‐term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study, Ferguson, H., Warwick, L., Cooner, T., Leigh, J., Beddoe, L., Disney, T., Plumridge, G. 1 Aug 2020, In: Child & Family Social Work
  • Towards geographies of child protection, Disney, T., Lloyd, J. 1 Dec 2020, In: Geography Compass
  • “Isn’t it funny the children that are further away we don’t think about as much?”, Disney, T., Warwick, L., Ferguson, H., Leigh, J., Cooner, T., Beddoe, L., Jones, P., Osborne, T. 1 May 2019, In: Children and Youth Services Review
  • Troubling Institutions, Disney, T., Schliehe, A. 1 Jun 2019, In: Area

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • PGCert
  • MA
  • MA (Hons)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society FRGS

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I am a Social Geographer and my research interests centre on families and children experiencing interventions of the state, with a conceptual focus on care and control across a variety of institutions. I explore how these interventions break or facilitate cycles of marginalisation of children, young people and families. My work lies at the intersection of Geography and Childhood Studies.

My previous research has focussed on residential care settings in Russia and I have also conducted research into family visits to prison in the UK. I have recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship on a major ESRC-funded longitudinal, ethnographic study of child protection work in the UK. This interdisciplinary research explored how social workers establish and sustain relationships with families in order to keep children safe.

More recently, I have completed a project titled ‘Young People Leaving Care in the Russian Federation’, funded through a British Academy Small Grant. The project critically explores the forms of transition and aftercare services available to care leavers in Russia. In the UK, I am currently conducting participatory research into the needs  of families accessing early help and social care services, in collaboration with local government. I am interested in developing collaborative research proposals to further develop cross-disciplinary dialogues between Social Work and Geography.

PGR Supervision

Fiona Ranson Start: 18/01/2021


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