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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
  • Developing and Implementing Teaching in Sensitive Subject and Topic Areas: A Comprehensive Guide for professionals in FE and HE Settings , McGovern, W., Gillespie, A., Brandon, T., McInnes, A. 5 Feb 2024
  • Key Concepts and Concerns of Teaching Sensitive Topics and Subjects, McGovern, W., McGovern, R., Nichol, D. 5 Feb 2024, Developing and Implementing Teaching in Sensitive Subject and Topic Areas, Leeds, Emerald Publishing
  • Mechanisms That Promote and Support Family Preservation for Children at the Edge of Care: A Realist Synthesis, Redgate, S., Smart, D., Barrett, S., Barron, C., Burns, S., Frost, H., McGovern, W., Peart, V., Adams, E., Alderson, H., Kaner, E., McGovern, R. 16 Jun 2024, In: SAGE Open
  • Sharing life stories about recovery from substance use in higher education settings, Wease, R., Croft, T., McGovern, W., McGovern, R. 5 Feb 2024, Developing and Implementing Teaching in Sensitive Subject and Topic Areas , Leeds, Emerald Publishing
  • 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
  • “I Genuinely Believe This Is the Most Stigmatised Group within the Social Care Sector”—Health and Social Care Professionals’ Experiences of Working with People with Alcohol-Related Brain Damage: A Qualitative Interview Study, Kruithof, P., McGovern, W., Haighton, C. 20 Dec 2023, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Step Into the Light: An Anthology of Poems and Stories about Recovery , McGovern, W., Lochhead, L., Addison, M., Cavener, J., Scott, S. 15 Dec 2023
  • 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

  • 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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