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Prof Nancy Kelly


Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Nancy is an applied social psychologist with a career spanning 30 years as an academic. Nancy has worked at two HEIs in Departments of Psychology, and joined Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing at Northumbria in 2018. Nancy has been Head of Department of Psychology at previous Universities, Head of Subject for Social Work at Northumbria and is currently strategic lead for Children and Young Peoples Mental Health programmes. Nancy has a track record of engaging with groups and organisations in order to better understand judgement and decision making, peoples lived experience of phenomena and implications for social policy and practice. Nancy is commited to multidisciplinary research, with a specialism in qualitative methodology and analysis, in particular using narrative approaches.

Nancy Kelly

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus B119
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A personal and conceptual reflection on findings from serious case reviews during the period 1987-2018: Part I, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Apr 2021, In: Family Law
  • A personal and conceptual reflection on findings from serious case reviews during the period 1987-2018: Part II, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 May 2021, In: Family Law
  • Care in crisis—Is there a solution?: Reflections on the Care Crisis Review 2018, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Feb 2020, In: Child & Family Social Work
  • ‘Children not trophies’: an ethnographic study of private family law practice in England, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Sep 2020, In: Qualitative Social Work
  • The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020: Regulations introduced during a global pandemic that will have implications for the most vulnerable children, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Jul 2020, In: Family Law
  • The aims and outcomes of public inquiries into the care and protection of children. Should they be undertaken differently?, Vincent, S., Holt, K., Kelly, N., Smale, E. Jul 2020, In: Child Abuse Review
  • Limits to Partnership Working: developing relationship based approaches with children and their families, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 30 Mar 2018, In: Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law
  • The right to free and fair representation: Re Charlie Gard, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 30 Sep 2017, In: Family Law
  • At a crossroads: to issue or not to issue care proceedings, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Dec 2016, In: Family Law

PGR Supervision

  • Frances Skinner Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 12/08/2020
  • David Littlefair Pupil Voice in PE and the desire for (in)visibility Start Date: 15/03/2018 End Date: 26/10/2021


  • Education PhD November 13 2000
  • Graduate Member (MBPsS) British Psychological Society (BPS) 2017

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