Professor Jonathan Scourfield DipSW PhD

Professor Jonathan Scourfield



School of Social Sciences

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+44 (0)29 2087 4175
Room 2.30, Glamorgan Building
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Jonathan is Professor of Social Work. Before becoming an academic he worked as a teacher in a comprehensive school, a group worker in a therapeutic community for former drug users and a probation officer. He has worked at Cardiff University since 1996.


I am interested in supervising doctoral research on:

  • Social work with men
  • The social context of suicide and self-harm
  • The effectiveness of social work in any field

Honours and awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of ESRC Peer Review College
  • Member of commissioning panel for AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme 'Youth' call and ESRC early intervention call
  • Member of the ESRC recognition panel for doctoral training in social work
  • Deputy Chair of National Institute for Social Care and Health Research social care grants panel
  • Trustee of Children in Wales

Professional memberships

  • Registered social worker (Care Council for Wales)
  • Member of European Social Work Research Association
  • Member of (US) Society for Social Work and Research
  • Member of British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Academic positions

Lecturer, Senior lecturer and then Reader in Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Speaking engagements

  • 2014 British Isles suicide research symposium
  • 2014 JSWEC/UK Social Work Research Conference
  • 2014 keynote speaker at launch seminar for CASCADE children's social care research and development centre
  • 2013 keynote speaker at BASPCAN conference in Cardiff on fathers
  • 2013 keynote speaker at Swansea University conference on work with fathers
  • 2013 National Eisteddfod 'Plentyndod fel Mwslim yng Nghymru'
  • Social science perspectives (MA Social Work)
  • Research design (Taught Masters)
  • Gender relations and society (UG)

My research interests include social work with men; distress and suicidal behaviour; child welfare; children's identities; and social work education and research capacity-building.