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Dr Ian Robson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Ian Robson came to higher education from a career in Children’s Services, latterly as an area lead for a number of Sure Start Children’s Centres.

Ian Robson

Ian’s background is in management, strategic development and evaluation in integrated children’s services. He has worked in the voluntary and statutory sectors and previously ran his own consultancy before entering academia. Ian is an adoptive parent and foster carer.

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Campus Address

Manor House M003
Coach Lane Campus (West)
Coach Lane, Benton, Newcastle Upon Tyne

0191 215 6159



PG Cert Academic and Professional Learning

MSc Urban Policy and Regeneration (distinction)

BA (Hons) Public Services Management (distinction)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Visual research and teaching methods, leadership and management in public (children’s) services, child and parent social-emotional-mental health (SEMH), adoption and fostering, service and policy development and implementation, innovations in continuous professional development (CPD).

Professional Activity

Ian has an active academic profile on Twitter (@ianrobsons) and hosts a Google+ community on the topic of Organisations, Practices and Identity. 

Qualified leadership coach for Northumbria University.

Regularly works with regional local authority partners in evaluation and consultation.

Previously worked as a facilitator, tutor and leadership mentor on the highly regarded National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL) in the North East region.

Current/Recent Projects

Ian works as part of an experienced team of academics and experienced professionals who undertake evaluation work. Currently, this involves examining the impact of an attachment strategy for North Tyneside Council.

Key Publications

Robson, I. (2016) Management Learning as Collaborative Visual Encounter: Learning Lessons From Research and Practice, Management Teaching Review, December, pp. 278-286

PhD Thesis: “Accounting for professional identity: relating identity stories and accounts of professional practice in integrated Early Years services” [Online] Available at:

Robson, I. (2014) “A conversation with drawing: visual as heuristic process and hermeneutic tool”, Visual In-Sights Conference, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 26th & 27th June. Newcastle University.

Duschinsky, R. and Robson, I. (2013) “Morality, Colour, Bodies: Epistemological and Interpretive Questions of Purity”, Excursions, Vol. 4, No. 2 [Online] Available at: (Accessed 23rd May 2014)

Robson, I. (2013) “Women’s leadership as narrative practice: identifying ‘tent making’, ‘dancing’ and ‘orchestrating’ in UK Early Years Services”, in Special Edition: “Experiences of Women Leaders in Alternative Sites of Organization”, Gender in Management: An International Journal, Volume 28, Issue 6.

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)



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