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Research Profile

Prof Andrew Pithouse 

Career Profile

Andrew Pithouse has a personal chair in social research and brings a multi-disciplinary focus to the field of child and family services where he has an established record in research and publications that draw on social policy, social work, sociology and organisational theory.

Andrew Pithouse worked in industry, local government and the voluntary sector before developing a career in higher education. He has now researched and taught in social work, social policy and sociology for some two decades. He was Director of Social Work Studies at Cardiff until 2006 and retains a close interest in training in social work. 

Memberships / External Activities

  • Joint Editor of UK social care journal – Research Policy and Planning
  • Expert Adviser to Welsh Assembly Safeguarding Vulnerable Children Review
  • Panel Expert – Research Council for Culture and Society, Academy of Finland
  • Chair, Welsh Assembly Government Working Party ‘Social Care Directions Paper’
  • Chair of Joint Review Reference Group, Welsh Assembly Government 
  • Member of Partner Council, Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Member of Welsh Assembly Government delegation visit to Australia
  • Subject Specialist for Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation 


  • March 2008 Invited speaker – New Directions in Child Advocacy, Conference on Vulnerable Children: Cross National Perspectives and Challenges for Research, Padova University, Italy
  • July 2007 joint-presentation on UK Social Work Research planning a better future, Thomas Coram Conference:  Advocacy for Children:  Which Way Forward? Institute of Education, London
  • November 2006  Invited Speaker – Early Identification and Information sharing in Child Assessment, World Forum, Future Directions in Child Welfare, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • August 2006 Key note address -  Early Intervention: Contexts and Challenges, Positive Futures: 7th International Looking After Children Conference – ACWA Sydney
  • May 2005 Invited speaker - Did you say work together? Integrating children’s services in the UK,  6th National Child Welfare Symposium : Centre for Excellence for the Protection of Children – Montreal

Teaching Profile

Contribution to teaching is mainly in regard to post-graduate courses where modules are offered in applied research, working in organisations, management in public services, social inclusion.