Professor Ann Davis

Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Mental Health

School of Social Policy

Professor Ann Davis

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


Ann is Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Mental Health and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH) from 2005-2010.


Ann trained as a psychiatric social worker and is a registered social worker. She has practised in residential, hospital and community based services. She is a member of the BASW mental health reference group, the RETHINK advice services advisory group and Suresearch, a Midlands based network of mental health service users/survivors and their allies. Ann is a member of the independent Inquiry into the 'Schizophrenia' Label and a trustee of Birmingham MIND.

Ann is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, an external advisor for the Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, and an honorary member of the Senate of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is on the editorial boards of the journals - Disability and Society; Gateways; Lavoro Sociale and the Russian Journal of Social Policy.


Ann contributes to a range of social work programmes in the UK and Europe.

Postgraduate supervision

Ann supervises doctoral students in the areas of user experiences of social work and mental health. She is an external examiner for doctoral theses in the UK and internationally.


Ann's current research projects include:

  • The production of a short history of Birmingham MIND, celebrating fifty years of excellence in mental health.
  • A MHRN funded project with Suresearch designed to train service users/survivors and carers as co-researchers.
  • A European funded project in Georgia designed to build skills and knowledge for advocates for people with mental health problems and learning disability.
  • A project comparing the history of social work education at the University of Birmingham and the University of Chicago.


Davis, A. (2010), Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing: Guidance for the University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham.

Davis, A, Davis, A and O'Kane, M (2010) Claiming Disability Living Allowance: a practical guide for people aged 65 years and under using mental health services, their carers and advocates.  CEIMH and Suresearch, the University of Birmingham.

Davis, A and Betteridge, J (2010), Mental Health and incapacity for Work: A guide for people claiming incapacity benefit, income support and severe disability allowance.  CEIMH and Suresearch, the University of Birmingham.

Davis, A. (2009), Addressing Health Inequalities: the role of service user and people's health movements in Bywaters, P. et al, Social Work and Global Health Inequalities: practice and policy developments.  Bristol Policy Press

Davis, A. (2009), Sosiaalityon asialista asiakailta.  Sosiaaliturva. No. 2

Davis, A. (2008), Celebrating 100 Years of Social Work, Birmingham, University of Birmingham.

Davis, A., Davis, A. & Glynn, T. (2008) Making Sense of Social Work Practice in Multi-agency Mental Health Services, in K. Morris (ed) Social Work & Multi-Agency Working - Making a Difference.

Davis, A. (2008), Counting the Cost, Open Mind, 15

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