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Dr William McGovern

Associate Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Will McGovern

Will’s research is focused on understanding the experiences of drug and alcohol users, how they and their voices are represented, and how services can be improved to better respond to their needs.







Campus Address

M005 Manor House, Coach Lane Campus (West)

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A realist approach to understanding alliancing within Local Government public health and social care service provision, Redgate, S., Spencer, L., Adams, E., Arnott, B., Brown, H., Christie, A., Hardy, C., Harrison, H., Kaner, E., Mawson, C., McGovern, W., Phillips, P., Rankin, J., McGovern, R. 3 Feb 2023, In: European Journal of Public Health
  • Ethical and practical considerations for including marginalised groups in quantitative survey research, Adley, M., Alderson, H., Jackson, K., McGovern, W., Spencer, L., Addison, M., O’Donnell, A. 11 Jul 2023, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • Drugs Identity and Stigma, McGovern, W., Addison, M., McGovern, R. 14 Jul 2022
  • Final Reflections on Stigma and Implications for Research, Policy and Practice, McGovern, W., Addison, M., McGovern, R. 14 Jul 2022, Drugs Stigma and Identity , Switzerland , Palgrave Macmillan
  • Negotiating "Self Stigma" and an "Addicted Identity" in Traditional 12-Step Self-Help Groups., McGovern, W., Addison, M., McGovern, R. 14 Jul 2022, Drugs Identity and Stigma , Switzerland , Palgrave Macmillan
  • No Thanks! A Mixed-Methods Exploration of the Social Processes Shaping Persistent Non-Initiation of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants, Liebregts, N., McGovern, W., Spencer, L., O'Donnell, A. 1 Jun 2022, In: Contemporary Drug Problems
  • Parental intimate partner violence and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic: Learning from remote and hybrid working to influence future support, Alderson, H., Barrett, S., Addison, M., Burns, S., Cooling, V., Hackett, S., Kaner, E., McGovern, W., Smart, D., McGovern, R. 2022, In: Women's Health
  • Stigma 'Under the Skin', McGovern, W., Addison, M., McGovern, R. 14 Jul 2022, Drugs Identity and Stigma, switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Substance Use, Health, and Adverse Life Events amongst Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Users in North East England: A Cross-Sectional Study, Adams, E., Spencer, L., Addison, M., McGovern, W., Alderson, H., Adley, M., McGovern, R., Gilvarry, E., Kaner, E., O’Donnell, A. 7 Jun 2022, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Understanding How Perceptions of Children Shape Perceptions of Risk and Needs in Relation to Safeguarding Concerns in Schools, McGovern, W., Nichol, D. 17 Jun 2022, Understanding Safeguarding for Children and Their Educational Experiences, Bingley, Emerald

  • Sociology PhD December 08 2017
  • Professional Development PGCert September 26 2014
  • Community Work MA September 01 2004
  • BA (Hons) July 31 2003
  • Youth and Community Worker DipYCW 2000
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

Addison, M.; Stockdale, K.; McGovern, R.; McGovern, W.; McKinnon, I.; Crowe, L.; Hogan, L.; and Kaner, E. (2017 submitted) Exploring the intersections between Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and other substance use in a police custody suite setting in the North East of England, Special issue of Drugs, Education, Policy and Practice

Addison M, Stockdale K, McGovern R, McGovern W, McKinnon I, Crowe L, Hogan L, Kaner E. Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England. N8 Policing Research Partnership, 2017

James, D. Hall, A. Lombardo, C. and McGovern, W. (2014) "A video feedback intervention for workforce development: exploring staff perspective using longitudinal qualitative methodology" Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

McKenna, L., Graham, P., Goss, J., Gallagher. J. Robson, I., McGovern, W. (2012) “Social Impact Assessment of SAFC Foundation of Light’s Wider Family Learning Programme”, Evaluation Report, for the SAFC Foundation of Light (Unpublished)

McGovern, W. (2012) Guide to the toxic trio: Managing multiple parental problems, substance use, mental health and domestic abuse, Community Care Inform.

McGovern, R. and McGovern, W. (2011) Voluntary risk-taking and heavy-end crack cocaine use: An edgework perspective. Health, Risk & Society, 13 (5). pp. 487-500. ISSN 1369-8575.

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