Professor Ann Davis

Professor Ann Davis

School of Social Policy
Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Mental Health

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 worked in residential, hospital and community services.

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an honorary member of the Senate of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

She is on the editorial  advisory boards of the journals- Disability and Society ; Gateways and the Russian Journal of Social Policy.

She is a Patron of the Eve Brook Scholarship Fund, a Trustee of Birmingham Mind and WISH- Women in Special Hospitals.

She is a member of the Rethink Advice Services Advisory Group and Suresearch a Midlands based network of mental health service users and their allies.


Ann has taught on social work programmes in the UK and Europe.

Postgraduate supervision

Ann has supervised doctoral students in the area of service user experiences of social work and mental health services. She is an external examiner of doctoral theses in the UK and internationally.


Ann is currently engaged in researching the role of spiritual well-being in the process of mental health recovery from service user perspectives.


Davis, A (2017) The social work curriculum: a view from the Archives. Paper given at a filmed Social Work History Network meeting-

Davis, A and A,(2016) Reading Peter Sedgwick in 2015. Critical and Radical Social Work. 4,3,p313-326.

Davis, A, (2014) What kind of social work do we want? In ‘In defence of social work:Why Michael Gove is wrong’. Social Work Action Network.

Davis, A. Minteh,S and Jeffreys,S (2014) Growing a service user and carer research resource. A report of a pilot project designed to develop a local network of service user and carer researchers in mental health research. NHS-NIHR Research Network Mental Health.

Davis, A and McCabe,A. (2012) Community Development as mental health promotion:principle, practice and outcomes. Community Development Journal 47(4)Oct p506-21.

Davis, A (2012)  A History of Birmingham Mind. Celebrating half a century of excellence in mental health provision. Birmingham, Birmingham Mind.

Davis, A (2010) Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing: Guidance for the University of Birmingham. Birmingham, 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 (2008) Celebrating a 100 years of Social Work, Birmingham, University of Birmingham.