Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor of Social Work (Adults and Communities)

Barbara Fawcett

Contact details

School of Social Policy, IASS
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

About

Barbara carries out research in the areas of adults, communities, mental health, older people and disability. She also focuses on participatory action research and forms of analysis drawn from postmodern feminism.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Manchester
  • MSc University of Oxford
  • CQSW University of Oxford
  • B.Sc (Hons) University of Bradford

Biography

Barbara spent thirteen years in the field operating as a social worker, senior social work practitioner, area manager, researcher and regional director before joining the University of Bradford in 1992 where she become Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies. Later she took up positions as Head of the School of Social Work and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Sydney. She has been on the executive of a large number of professional and third-sector organisations and is on the editorial boards for a number of key journals in the social work/policy studies field.

Teaching

Barbara focuses on teaching in the areas of adults, communities, mental health and disability, research methodology and postmodern feminism.

Research

Current Research Projects

Fawcett, B. ‘Day Care and Older People: Processes and Outcomes’, Royal North Shore Hospital in association with Hope Health Care, Catholic Health Care and UnitingCare, Burnside (2010 - 2012)

Fawcett, B. ‘Options for Implementing a Wellness Approach to Community and Residential Care’, Uniting Care Ageing (2011 - 2012)

Fawcett, B. and Giles, R., Telephone Based Counselling Services for Parents: Strategies and Responses (2011 – 2013) in association with Parent Line, Catholic Care

Fawcett, B. with Pockett, R., Phillips, R. and Giles, R. European Union – Australian Government ‘The Meanings and Practices of Social Work – Cross National Comparisons (with University of Uppsala, Sweden; VIA University, Aarhus, Denmark; ELTE, Hungary; University of Salford, UK; and Deakin University, University of Central Queensland and Curtin University. University of Sydney (2009 – 2013).

There are a number of bids in process at the University of Birmingham.

Other activities

  • Member of Hong Kong Social Work Registration Board
  • Member of New Zealand Social Work Registration Board Accreditation Panels
  • Member of AASW and ACHSSW
  • Member of HE Teaching Academy
  • International Editorial Boards British Journal of Social Work, Child Care in practice

Publications

Recent Publications

Books

Fawcett, B., Featherstone, B., Hearn, J. and Toft, C. (1996) (eds.) Violence and Gender Relations: Theories and Interventions, London, Sage, ISBN 0-8039 – 7650 – x.

Fawcett, B. Featherstone, B., Fook, J. and Rossiter, A. (2000) (eds) Research and Practice in Social Work: Postmodern Feminist Perspectives, London, Routledge, ISBN No 0-415-19512-8

Fawcett, B. (2000) Feminist Perspectives on Disability, Harlow, Prentice Hall, ISBN No. 0-582-3694-x

Fawcett, B., Featherstone, B. and Goddard, J. (2004) Contemporary Child Care Policy and Practice, Basingstoke, Palgrave, ISBN 0-333-97379-8.

Fawcett, B. and Karban, K. (2005) ‘Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Mental Health’, London, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-32845-4 (hbk) 0 415 32846 2 (pbk)

Fawcett, B. and Waugh, F. (2008) Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, Routledge, ISBN10 0-415-42263-9 (hbk); ISBN13:978-0-203-93771-6(ebk)

Fawcett, B., Goodwin, S., Phillips, R. and Meagher, G. (2010) Social Policy for Social Change. , Melbourne, Palgrave, ISBN 9781420256161

Fawcett, B., Nicholson, S. and Weber Z. (2012) International Perspectives on Mental Health: Critical Issues Across the Lifespan, Basingstoke, Palgrave ISBN 978-0-230-22248-9.

Fawcett. B. and Pockett, R. (forthcoming) Turning Ideas into Research: Theory, Design and Practice, London, Thousand Oaks, Sage.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Fawcett, B. and Featherstone, B. (1994) 'Making the Transition from Social Work Management to Social Work Teaching: It's the Same Difference' in Social Work Education Vol.13, March 1994: 47 – 59

Fawcett, B. and Featherstone, B. (1994) ' The Implications of Community Care Policies for People who Require and Use Services' in Care in Place: The International Journal of Networks and Community 2nd Issue, July 1994: 120 – 132.
Featherstone, B. and Fawcett, B. (1994) 'Feminism and Child Abuse: Opening Up Some Possibilities' in Journal of Critical Social Policy, Issue 42, Winter 1994/1995: 61 - 80.

Fawcett, B. and Featherstone, B. (1995) ‘Power, Difference and Social Work: An Exploration’ in Issues in Social Work Education, Autumn 1995, Vol. 15, 1: 3 – 20

Featherstone, B. and Fawcett, B. (1995) ‘Oh No! Not More Isms: Feminism, Postmodernism, Poststructuralism and Social Work Education’ in Social Work Education, Autumn 1995, Vol. 14. No. 3: 25 – 43

Fawcett, B. (1996) ‘Postmodernism, Feminism and Disability’ Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare, 5, Summer 1996:. 259 – 267

Featherstone, B. and Fawcett, B. (1997) ‘Postmodernism, Feminism and Social Work’ in Social Work Review, New Zealand, Vol. 1X, Nos. 1 and 2: 3 – 10.

Fawcett, B. (1998) ‘The Contribution of Feminist Poststructural and Postmodern Orientations to Theory and Practice in Social Work’ in British Journal of Social Work, Spring 1998: 263 – 277, Fawcett, B. and Featherstone, B. (1998) ‘Anti-Oppressive Practice and Social Work’ in Hong Kong Policy Review Journal, Vol. 4, October 1998, printed in Cantonese.

Fawcett, B, (2001) ‘Action Evaluation’ Social Work Review, New Zealand, Spring 2001 Volume X11, No.3: 37 – 41.

Fawcett, B. and Hearn J. (2001) ‘Research and ‘Disability’: Accounts, Biographies and Policies’ in Research Policy and Planning, Vol 19, No 2: 27 – 36.

Fawcett, B. (2002) ‘Convergence or Divergence? Responding to the Abuse of Disabled Women’, Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 4. Issue 3 Sept 2002 pp. 24 - 33. ISSN 1466-8203.

Featherstone, B., Fawcett, B. and Goddard, J. (2002) New Labour, Children’s Rights and the United Nations:’Could do Better’ in Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 24 (4): 475 - 484

Fawcett B. (2003) ‘Mental Health Practice and Children: Dogma, Discourse, Debate and Practice, Social Work in Health Care, New York, Howarth Press: 195 – 206, ISSN 1533-2985.

Fawcett, B. and Hearn. J. (2004) ‘Researching Others: Experience, Participation and Material Reflexivity’, The International Journal of Social Science Methodology, Vol. 7, No. 3: 201 – 218.

Fawcett, B. and South, J. (2005) ‘Community Involvement and Primary Care Trusts’, Critical Public Health, June 2005, 15 (2): 1 – 14.

Fawcett, B. (2006) Editorial Foreword, Child Care in Practice, Vol. 12, No.1. January 2006: 1 - 3.

Fawcett, B. (2007) ‘Consistencies and Inconsistencies: Mental Health, Compulsory Treatment and Community Capacity Building in England, Wales and Australia’, British Journal of Social Work 2007, 37: 1027 - 1042 .

Fawcett, B. (2008) Domestic Violence:A Global Perspective, Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, Vol 41 (1&2) Summer and Winter Combined Issue, 2007 edition, published Jan 2008:1- 13.

Fawcett, B. (2008) ‘Values, Ethics and Violence: The Northern Territory Intervention, invited paper for ‘Living Ethics’ Randles, J. (ed), Sydney, St James Ethics Centre

Fawcett, B. and Hanlon, M. (2009) ‘Child Sexual Abuse and Indigenous Communities in Australia: A Case Study of Non-Inclusive Government Intervention, European Journal of Social Work, Vol 12, Issue 1, ISSN 13691457: 87 - 100 , Routledge

Fawcett, B. (2009) ‘Vulnerability: Questioning the Certainties in Social Work and Health, Invited Article for special edition of International Journal of Social Work.Vol 52, No 4:472 – 484.

Fawcett, B. and Hanlon, M (2009) The Return to Community Collaboration: Spatial Analysis and Social Entrepreneurship, Invited Article for Special Edition of the Australian Journal of Sociology,Vol 45, No 4, December 2009.

Meagher, G., Connell, R.W. and Fawcett, B. (2009) Editors for Special Edition of the Australian Journal of Sociology ‘Human Service Professionals and the New Public Management’. Vol 45, No 4, December 2009.

Fawcett, B. and Reynolds, J. (2010) ‘Mental Health and Older Women: The Challenges for Social Perspectives and Asset Orientated Community Capacity Building’ Vol. 40, No 5, July 2010 :1488 – 1502. British Journal of Social Work, doi 10.1093/bjsw/bcs141

Fawcett, B. and Plath. D. (2012) A National Disability Insurance Scheme: What Social Work Has to Offer, The British Journal of Social Work doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcs141.

Fawcett, B. (2012) ‘Well-Being’ and Older People: The Place of ‘Day Clubs’ in Reconceptualising Participation and Challenging Deficit, The British Journal of Social Work, doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcs145.

Fawcett, B. (forthcoming) Children and Disability: Construction, Implication and Change, International Social Work

Chapters in Books

Fawcett, B. (1996) ‘Women, Community Care and Mental Health’ in B. Fawcett, B. Featherstone, J. Hearn and C. Toft (eds) Violence and Gender Relations: Theories and Interventions, London, Sage, pp. 81 - 97

Fawcett, B. and Featherstone, B. (1996) ‘Carers and Caring: New Thoughts on Old Questions’ in B. Humphries (ed.) Empowerment: Critical Theories and Perspectives, Birmingham, Venture Press, pp. 53 - 69.

Fawcett, B. and Featherstone, B. (1998) ‘Quality Assurance and Evaluation in Social Work in a Postmodern Era’ in J. Carter (ed.) Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare: A Contemporary Social Policy, London, Routledge, pp. 67 – 84

Fawcett, B. (2000) ‘Researching Disability’ in B. Fawcett, B. Featherstone, J. Fook and A. Rossiter (eds) ‘Researching and Practising in Social Work: Postmodern Feminist Perspectives’, London, Routledge, pp. 62 – 82.

Fawcett, B. and Featherstone, B. (2000) ‘Setting the Scene: An Appraisal of Notions of Postmodernism, Postmodernity and Postmodern Feminism in B. Fawcett, B.

Featherstone, J. Fook and A. Rossiter (eds) ‘Researching and Practising in Social Work: Postmodern Feminist Perspectives’, London, Routledge, pp.5 – 23

Fawcett, B. (2003) ‘Action Evaluation as a Tool to Engage Users and Practitioners’ in S. Ramon (ed) Users Researching Health and Social Care: An Empowering Agenda, Birmingham, Venture Press, pp57 – 72

Fawcett, B. (2004) Mental Health Practice and Children: Dogma, Discourse, Debate and Practice in A. Metteri, T. Kroger, A.Pohjola and P. Rauhala (eds) Social Work Approaches in Health and Mental Health from Around the Globe, New York, Haworth

Fawcett, B. (2008) ‘Women and Violence’ Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, Routledge.

Fawcett, B. (2008) ‘Structuralism’, L.M.Given (ed) Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods, London and Thousand Oaks, Sage.

Fawcett, B. (2008) ‘Poststructuralism’, L.M.Given (ed) Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods, London and Thousand Oaks, Sage.

Fawcett, B. (2009) ‘Postmodernism’ in S. Webb and M. Gray (eds) Social Work Theories and Methods, London/Thousand Oaks, Sage:119 - 128.

Fawcett, B. (2009) Long Term Illness and Disability: Conflicts and Challenges, in P.Bywaters, E.McCleod and L.Napier Social Work and Global Health Inequalities, Bristol, Policy Press.: 119 – 131

Fawcett, B., Goodwin, S. and Phillips, R. (2011) Challenges and Futures for Social Work and Social Policy Research Methods, L. Markauskaite, P.Freebody and J. Irwin (eds) Bridging Scholarship, Policy and Practice: Methodological Choices and Research Designs for Educational and Social Change, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Fawcett, B. (2011) Contemporary Issues in Mental Health, for M.Gray and S.Webb Sage Handbook of Social Work, London and New York, Sage.

Fawcett, B. (2012) Fawcett, B. ‘Postmodernism’ in S. Webb and M. Gray (eds) Social Work Theories and Methods, London/Thousand Oaks, Sage, Second Edition

Fawcett, B. (forthcoming) Social Work in Australia: Similarities as Differences, in G. Palattiyil, D.Sidhva and M.Chakrabati Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges, London and New York, Sage

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