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Research Profile

Prof Jonathan Scourfield 


Career Profile

Jonathan Scourfield is Professor of Social Work in Cardiff School of Social Sciences, having formerly worked as a probation officer and secondary school teacher.

Main Areas of Teaching

  • Social science perspectives on social work
  • Advanced social work practice
  • Gender relations and society

Currently supervising doctorates on whole family interventions; direct payments for disabled people; public discourse on murder-suicide; the role of statutory social workers in suicide prevention and schools-based mental health promotion for young people.

Doctoral completions include Jeremy Dixon (lecturer at University of Bath), Steve Gethin-Jones (lecturer at University of Central Lancashire), Lee Quinney (lecturer at University of South Wales), Nina Jacob (post-doctoral fellow in Cardiff School of Social Sciences), Hannah Burgon (Director of Sirona equine-assisted learning project) and Andrew Smith (Senior therapist at Lucy Faithfull Foundation).

Professional Contribution

  • Member of commissioning panel for AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme ‘Youth’ call (2009)
  • Member of the ESRC interim recognition panel for doctoral training in social work (2005)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered social worker

Updated June 2013.