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Contributing authors

The following people have contributed to the authoring and /or revision of materials used in the Research Mindedness learning resource.

Robert Adams is author and co-editor of more than a dozen books on social work, including Social Policy for Social Work, Critical Practice in Social Work, Social Work and Empowerment and Social Work: themes, issues and critical debates, all published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is part-time professor of social work at the University of Teesside.

Beth Humphries is Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Studies at Lancaster University. Her interest areas include immigration controls and welfare, qualitative and feminist research, 'race' and racism and adult learning.

John Randall is currently a post adoption social worker for Families for Children, a voluntary adoption agency operating in the south west of England. His previous work experience includes social work practice in Social Services and in a child psychiatric team; training and child care policy roles in Social Services; and DH funded child care research. He produces the monthly research update for Research in Practice ( and is involved as a volunteer with a children's hospice.

Judy Robison is a part time Research Fellow in the Social Work Division at the University of Southampton. Formerly a probation officer, Judy has also worked as a Research Officer with Hampshire Social Services and in the Voluntary Sector. Her interests include examining the experience of professionals and service users in the context of the implementation of policy change and service developments. She is currently working as part of an interdisciplinary research team in Southampton undertaking work on issues of service quality for older people. She also has a part time position with the Thomas Coram Research Institute, University of London, conducting local fieldwork for a national DOH funded project to develop and evaluate interventions to enhance the stability of adoption placements.

Materials reviewers

Ann Davis is Professor of Social Work at Birmingham University. She is Chair of the Association of Professors of Social Work, UK and Chair of the International sub committee of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee. She is a member of the Editorial boards of Disability and Society, and the Journal of Social Work Education. Her teaching includes DipSW/Masters in Social Work and the Community Mental Health programmes; she also contributes to social work and mental health training and education at The Universities of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Trento University, Italy. Ann researches and publishes in the areas of user experiences of social work and mental health services; poverty and social exclusion and community care. She is a member of SURESearch, a network of mental health service users and their allies who research and train in the mental health field.

Dr. Cathy Humphreys and Christine Harrison lecture in the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick and teach on social work qualifying and post-qualifying programmes. They draw upon considerable social work practice experience to inform their teaching and research in the fields of violence against women and children, statutory social work intervention and the development of practitioner research.

Jackie Powell is Head of Social Work, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton. Professionally qualified as a social worker, she has practised in a number of mental health settings and has held a number of research related appointments. Her main research and teaching interests include evaluative research, the impact of changing organisational styles and patterns of services on professional practice and users' and carers' views on issues of service quality. She is currently involved in several research projects exploring inter-agency and inter-professional working at the social and health care interface.

Dr. Sally Richards is a lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Reading. Her research and teaching fall broadly within the areas of ageing, health and social care; her interests include: the assessment of need; policy implementation; managing frailty and chronic disease in old age; the use of life stories; and professional education in gerontological settings.

Bob Sapey is a lecturer in Applied Social Science at Lancaster University, prior to which he worked in the Social Work Department of the University of Central Lancashire. He previously held a variety of social work posts in Cornwall, including residential, field, training and care management, specialising in work with older people and disabled people. Bob's current teaching includes: disability studies, the sociology of welfare organisations and mental health. His main research interests are disability and technology, especially as they relate to social work practice. With departmental colleagues John Stewart and Carol Thomas, he is currently undertaking an NHS funded study of the social implications of the increase in wheelchair use.

We are also grateful to those educators, students and practice teachers who reviewed the resource, prior to, during and following its redevelopment.

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