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Prof Nancy Kelly


Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I joined the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing at the University of Northumbria in 2017 and am currently Head of Subject of Social Work. My move to Northumbria was based on my research interests and my commitment to social justice and social work. Prior to that I worked at Bradford University for 10 years, as Head of Division and Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Before moving to Bradford I worked in psychology at the University of Huddersfield for over 20 years.

I am an applied social psychologist with a successful track record of research engaging with organisations and groups in order to better understand judgment and decision making, peoples lived experiences of phenomena and implications for social policy and practice.

Nancy Kelly

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus B119
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Care in crisis—Is there a solution?, 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. 22 Jan 2020, In: Qualitative Social Work
  • 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. 1 Nov 2019, In: Child Abuse Review
  • Limits to Partnership Working, 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
  • Access to justice: the welfare of children and families lost on a target focused and cost driven system, Holt, K., Kelly, N. Feb 2015, In: Family Law
  • Exploring the personal narratives of social workers engaged in pre-proceedings child care practice: an English case study, Holt, K., Kelly, N. Apr 2015
  • Motivate to mediate, Holt, K., Kelly, N. Jun 2015, In: International Family Law

PGR Supervision

  • Frances Skinner Start: 01/10/2019
  • David Littlefair Start: 15/03/2018


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