Academic staff

Ric Bowl

Ric Bowl

Director of Community Mental Health Programmes

Ric is the Director of Community Mental Health Programmes in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, School of Social Policy.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6688
Email
r.e.e.bowl@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner

Dr Tarsem Singh Cooner

Associate Professor of Social Work

Tarsem is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Programme Director for the MA in Social Work programme. His recent research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Tarsem has been part of a team working on a project entitled ‘Organisations, staff support and the dynamics and quality of social work practice: A qualitative longitudinal study of child protection ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8184
Email
t.s.cooner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sandhya Duggal

Research Fellow

Dr Sandhya Duggal is a research fellow at the School of Social Policy, based in the Department of Social Work and Social Care.

Sandhya is currently a co-investigator on a project funded by the School for Social Care Research (NIHR), which aims to explore the process and impact of implementing combinations of asset/strength-based approaches within adult social care, and to assess their ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 4177
Email
s.duggal@bham.ac.uk

Professor Harry Ferguson

Professor Harry Ferguson

Professor of Social Work

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

Matthew Gibson

Lecturer

Matthew Gibson is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Social Policy. His research interests relate to emotions and professional practice, and particularly the emotions of pride and shame. He undertook a study on pride and shame in child and family social work and is currently working on the Wellcome Trust funded shame and medicine project; although he has also undertaken a number of ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8028
Email
m.j.gibson.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jon Glasby

Professor Jon Glasby

Professor of Health and Social Care

Jon is a qualified social worker by background. Specialising in joint work between health and social care, Jon is involved in regular policy analysis and advice. He is the author of a series of leading textbooks on health and social services, has sat on the advisory board of The Policy Press, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care (2012-18).

From 2008 to 2015, ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5726
Email
j.glasby@bham.ac.uk

Anne-Marie Glover

Anne-Marie Glover

Associate Professor
Deputy Director of Education for the College of Social Sciences

Anne-Marie is the Deputy Director of Education for the College of Social Sciences, and an Associate Professor in the department of social work and social care. She is a qualified and registered Social Worker, with a background in statutory Children & Family and Youth Justice social work practice.

Anne-Marie’s areas of practice interest include leadership, children and family social ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8032
Email
a.t.glover@bham.ac.uk

Simon Haworth

Lecturer

Simon Haworth recently joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer within the Department of Social Work and Social Care. He is involved in teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and post qualifying programmes and currently undertaking a variety of projects for the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.

Prior to this appointment, Simon worked within the field of child protection ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2935
Email
s.p.c.haworth@bham.ac.uk

Mrs Debbie Innes-Turnill

Mrs Debbie Innes-Turnill

Lecturer

Debbie Innes-Turnill is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. She is a qualified teacher with 25 years’ experience -  including deputy and headship roles, most recently with responsibility for safeguarding. She lectures on the MSc in Advanced Child Protection Studies.

Debbie's research interests are related to child protection practice, leadership, child behaviour as a result of ...

Email
d.innes-turnill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Louise Isham

Dr Louise Isham

Lecturer in Social Work

Louise is a lecturer in Social Work who teaches on the BA social work and Step Up to Social Work programmes. Her teaching focuses on 1) research methods for social workers 2) social work skills, values and approaches 3) specialist interest areas such as care relationships, domestic and sexual violence and older adults. She also supervises postdoctoral researchers working in similar ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8591
Email
l.j.isham@bham.ac.uk

Dr Dora Jandric

Dr Dora Jandric

Research Fellow

Dora is a research fellow on the LOASCA (LGBTQ+ Older Adult Social Care Assessment) study. Her areas of research include ageing, gender and sexuality, queer temporalities, and futures studies. 

 

 

Email
d.jandric@bham.ac.uk

Dr Laura Kelly

Dr Laura Kelly

Lecturer in Criminal Justice
School of Social Policy Student Experience Lead

Laura joined the University of Birmingham in October 2017. She previously worked at Durham University and Liverpool John Moores University. Laura’s research interests centre on work with children and young people, particularly in relation to youth crime and justice. She is a member of the Youth Justice Board’s Academic Advisory Panel and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She ...

Email
l.kelly@bham.ac.uk

Dr Farina Kokab

Dr Farina Kokab

Research Fellow

Farina Kokab is a Research Fellow with a background in Psychology and Social Research. Farina has applied her understanding of these fields to work in health inequalities, social support, chronic disease prevention, women’s health and maternity, and mental health and emotions. She works primarily on qualitative and mixed-methods projects.

Email
f.kokab@bham.ac.uk

Ruth Leak

Teaching Fellow, Practice Learning

Ruth Leak is a registered social worker with a background in statutory and voluntary social work/care. She is experienced in working with learning disabled people and homeless people. She has worked with social work students for an extended period both in social work teams and now in academia. 

Telephone
0121 414 5731/07966 311364
Email
r.leak@bham.ac.uk

Sharanya Nama Mahesh

Research Fellow

Sharanya is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work and Social Care.  She is currently working on an applied research project funded by the West Midlands ARC that aims to evaluate strengths based practices adopted and implemented by Local Authorities in Adult Social Care.

Email
s.n.mahesh@bham.ac.uk

Professor Robin Miller

Professor Robin Miller

Director of Global Engagement for the College of Social Sciences

Professor Robin Miller is an applied academic with an international reputation in relation to integration, leadership and implementation within health and social care. He has been P-I/Co-I to over £14 million of research grants over the past decade and has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles and books.

Robin is the Joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Integrated ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8018
Email
r.s.miller@bham.ac.uk

Sandra Iman Pertek

Sandra Iman Pertek

Research Fellow

Sandra Iman Pertek is a SEREDAResearch Fellow and gender specialist with expertise in faith and gender-based violence (GBV) with over a decade’s experience in international development and migration. Her research integrates an intersectional and ecological analysis to explore the intersection of GBV and religion in forced migration, intersectionality and resilience.  ...

Email
s.m.pertek.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Humera (Meena) Plappert

Programme Manager

Meena Plappert is the programme manager for the ‘Achieving Closure’ project, exploring what happens to older people and care staff when care homes close, how best to manage closures in a way that minimises negative outcomes for older people and families, and key lessons for Councils as they manage future closures. She provides management to members of the research team while closely ...

Dawn River

Dawn River

Lecturer in Social Work

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 Willem J Stander

Dr Willem J Stander

Research Fellow

Willem is a postdoctoral research fellow focusing on LGBTQ young people’s experiences of social care. His research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality, particularly improving the wellbeing of – and professional engagement with – LGBTQ people. He has experience working as a psychology lecturer and has taught across a range of core psychology curriculum areas, ...

Email
w.stander@bham.ac.uk

Dr Denise Tanner

Dr Denise Tanner

Associate Professor of Social Work

Denise Tanner is Associate Professor (Social Work). She teaches on BA and MA Social Work courses.  Her areas of teaching and research interest include adult social work/social care policy and practice; social work with older people; social work skills; social perspectives of mental distress; and service user involvement in education and research.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2941
Email
d.l.tanner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Obert Tawodzera

Dr Obert Tawodzera

Research Fellow
IMPACT Project Officer

Obert Tawodzera is a research fellow in the Department of Social Work and Social Care, where he is working as the project officer for IMPACT (Improving adult Care Together) which aims to increase the use of high-quality research evidence to improve and support innovation within the adult social care.

He completed his PhD which focused on how Zimbabwean migrant care workers in the UK ...

Email
o.tawodzera@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor of Mental Health and Social Work

Jerry is currently leading national research for the Department of Health Policy Research Programme to explore how Local Authorities (and their partners) are responding to the challenge, embedded in the Care Act, to build capacity so as to ‘prevent, reduce or delay’ the need for social care services. He is also co-investigator in the ODESSI trial led by Prof Stephen Pilling at ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3640
Email
j.j.c.tew@bham.ac.uk

Kelly Tighe

Lecturer

Kelly is a Lecturer and registered Social Worker specialising in work with children, young people and families. She teaches on Pre-Qualifying and Post Graduate Social Work programmes within the School of Social Policy, leads the Department for Social Work and Social Care’s Student Staff Forum, is a member of the Welfare, Inclusion and Social Engagement Committee and Anti-Racist ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2284
Email
k.j.tighe@bham.ac.uk

Ms Caroline Webb

Lecturer

Caroline recently joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer within the Department of Social Work and Social Care. Caroline is a qualified social worker and practice educator and has previously worked in a statutory children and families context, with a particular focus on child protection work. Caroline’s PhD research explores the use of reflective supervision in social work and ...

Telephone
07966 311384
Email
c.m.webb@bham.ac.uk

Dr Helen Woods

Lecturer

An experienced qualified social worker, Helen joined the Department for Social Work and Social Care in 2020.  Helen’s social work experience is mainly in the area of Youth Justice, child protection and substance misuse among young people and families.  Helen completed her PhD in 2020 on the lived experience of children’s residential care, particularly in terms of ...

Email
h.y.woods@bham.ac.uk

Dr Shazia Zafar

Dr Shazia Zafar

Research Fellow

Dr Shazia Zafar is a scientist in applied health research and social science who conducts research using quantitative and qualitative methods. 

She is currently exploring the impact which results from care home closure. As little evidence currently exists on the impact of care home closure, the results will provide key lessons to local governments nationally.

Her projects are both UK based ...

Email
s.zafar@bham.ac.uk