Gender and Sexualities

Departmental research includes work across the broad spectrum of gender and sexualities topics. It includes research about LGBTQ peoples’ experiences, how services work with LGBTQ people, as well as how the social work profession engages with sexuality. It also explores feminist epistemologies, experiences of men and women, and gender and masculinities theories.

Several academics are active in the University of Birmingham Sexuality and Gender Studies Network 

Projects

LGBTQ-inclusion in higher education
The overarching goal of the project has been to identify and develop best practice on LGBTQ inclusion in higher education – with a focus on teaching and learning.

Developing an LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum

International Special Interest Group of Social Work and Sexuality 

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Refugee Crisis: Vulnerabilities, inequalities and responses 
Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Principal Investigator: Jenny Phillimore

Staff

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Honorary Professor

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Barbara is an Honorary Professor in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. She 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.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5730
Email
b.fawcett@bham.ac.uk

Professor Harry Ferguson

Professor Harry Ferguson

Professor of Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Harry joined the university in 2017 as Professor of Social Work. He took up his first lectureship in 1990 and has held professorial posts since 2000. He has taught and researched widely in the areas of social work and child protection, domestic abuse, fatherhood, masculinities and men's lives, mobile research methods, ethnography, and the social science of social work.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8653
Email
h.ferguson.3@bham.ac.uk

Dawn River

Dawn River

Lecturer in Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Dawn is Lecturer and Erasmus and Study Abroad Lead in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. Dawn is also based within the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) as the LGBT*Qi Lead and member of the teaching team on the Community and Practitioner Research Programme.

She is currently working on four research projects: ‘Queer Brexit: the migrant experience’; ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2936
Email
d.h.river@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jason Schaub

Dr Jason Schaub

Lecturer in Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Jason is a Lecturer in Social Work, and Programme Director for BA Year 1. His areas of teaching and research include gender and sexuality, integrated health and social care, and children and families social work. He is chair of the international Sexuality in Social Work interest group, is on the academic board of Independent Academic Research Studies International Institute (IARS), and is a ...

Email
j.schaub@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicki Ward

Dr Nicki Ward

Lecturer

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Nicki is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. Her primary role, as a social work lecturer, enables her to combine her interests in social work, social care and social justice. Nicki is particularly interested in issues diversity, intersectionality and care ethics. Along with Nicola Gale she is currently advancing work around the development of an LGBTQ inclusive curriculumin higher ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5713
Email
n.j.ward@bham.ac.uk

Publications

Schaub, J., Willis, P. and Dunk-West, P. (2017) Accounting for self, sex and sexuality in UK social workers' knowledge base: an exploratory study.  British Journal of Social Work. 47(2), pp: 427-446. 

Schaub, J. (2017) Men and the ‘caring professions’ Issue. Professional Social Work. December, pp: 40. Available at: http://cdn.basw.co.uk/upload/basw_13932-5.pdf

Schaub, J. (2017) Does Social Work Need More Men? It’s complicated. Professional Social Work. November, pp: 15

Schaub, J. (2017) ‘Is social work ‘dominated’ by women? It’s Complicated’, Professional Social Work. November, pp:

Schaub, J. (2015) Issues for Men’s Progression on English Honours and Postgraduate Degree Courses in Social Work. Social Work Education: The International Journal. 34 (3), 315-327.  

Fawcett, B. (2011) ‘Postmodernism’ in S. Webb and M. Gray (eds) Social Work Theories and Methods, London/Thousand Oaks, Sage

Fawcett, B.  and Waugh, F. (2008) (eds) Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, Routledge,

Fawcett B. Editor for Special Edition of 'Social Sciences' Edition entitled Feminisms: Forwards, Backwards and Something in Between'

Fawcett, B. Featherstone, B., Fook, J. and Rossiter, A. (2000) (eds) Research and Practice in Social Work: Postmodern Feminist Perspectives, London, Routledge,

Fawcett, B., Featherstone, B., Hearn, J. and Toft, C. (1996) (eds.) Violence and Gender Relations: Theories and Interventions, London,  Sage

 

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