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
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 (www.rip.org.uk)
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.
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.