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 is a registered social worker in residential, hospital and community based services. She is a Trustee of Birmingham MIND, a member of the RETHINK advice services advisory group and Suresearch, a Midlands based network of mental health service users/survivors and their allies.

Ann 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 boards of the journals, 'Disability and Society'; 'Gateways 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:

  • Researching the history of the economic support of people with mental distress in England from the nineteenth century
  • Creating a Birmingham Mind Archive


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 Clinical 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 p 506-521.

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

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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