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Dr Ian Robson

Associate Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I am a qualitative researcher and experienced educator working in systems of health, social care, and education, with a particular focus on multi-agency collaboration in English Children’s Services. My work focuses on the intersection of public administration, creative methods, and co-design, where I use art and philosophy to question assumptions and guide enquiry. Specifically, I develop visual approaches and methods that support inclusive and responsive teaching and collaborative practice. Here, I work with others to develop forms of praxis that connect ethics and theory to practical challenges of making services work.

Ian Robson

Campus Address

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Improving Sensemaking in Social Work: A worked example with Deleuze and Art, Robson, I. 1 Sep 2021, In: Qualitative Social Work
  • Building student engagement through co-production and curriculum co-design in public administration programmes., Elliott, I., Robson, I., Dudau, A. 29 Oct 2020, In: Teaching Public Administration
  • Opening up the unfamiliar and enabling new pathways for movement and becoming: Through, in, and beyond attachment, Carlyle, D., Robson, I., Lhussier, M. 17 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Childhood Studies
  • Impact Evaluation of Attachment Strategy Training. A case study of understanding attachment as a whole systems approach., Graham, P., Robson, I., Cookson, L. 2016
  • Management Learning as Collaborative Visual Encounter: Learning Lessons from Research and Practice, Robson, I. 1 Dec 2016, In: Management Teaching Review
  • Accounting for professional identity: relating identify stories and accounts of professional practice in integrated early years services, Robson, I. Apr 2015
  • Morality, Colour, Bodies: Epistemological and Interpretive Questions of Purity, Duschinsky, R., Robson, I. Jul 2013, In: Excursions
  • Women’s leadership as narrative practice: identifying ‘tent making’, ‘dancing’ and ‘orchestrating’ in UK Early Years Services, Robson, I. 2013, In: Gender in Management: An International Journal

PGR Supervision

  • John Cavener Sense-Making in Child Protection: Interpreting Social Workers' Reasoning Processes Through Applying Archer's Theory of Reflexivity Start Date: 04/05/2016 End Date: 03/01/2017
  • Lucy Barker Becoming an Inclusive practitioner. Trainee teachers' experience, understanding and enactment of inclusive pedagogy on practice placement. Start Date: 20/07/2018
  • Donna Carlyle Walking in Rhythm with Deleuze and a Dog inside the Classroom: An Ethnographic Ensemble Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 28/09/2021


  • Nursing Related Studies PhD January 07 2016
  • Education PGCert July 01 2011
  • Urban Studies MSc May 20 2005
  • BSc (Hons) September 01 1999
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

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