Professor Jonathan Scourfield DipSW PhD

Professor Jonathan Scourfield


Deputy Head of School

School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 2087 5402
+44 (0)29 2087 4175
2.30, Glamorgan Building
Welsh speaking
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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 and is currently the Deputy Head of School.


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.

Previous 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.

Areas of expertise

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