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Dr Daniel Burrows

Dr Daniel Burrows

Senior Lecturer

+44 29208 75501
1.01, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision


After working as a qualified social worker for seven years, I moved over to higher education in 2014, and was appointed as Lecturer in Social Work in 2018. Most of my time in practice was spent in the Children's Hospital for Wales. I completed my Professional Doctorate in Social Work in 2018, which was based on an ethnographic study of a hospital social work team, whose work centred around discharge planning for older people. This work formed the basis of my first book, Critical Hospital Social Work Practice, which was published by Routledge in 2020. My research interests include social work with older people, rights-based practice and care planning. I teach primarily on the MASW, and am a member of the Senior Personal Tutor Team, which supports the school's personal tutoring programme and provides enhanced pastoral support to students.


Academic Qualification Attained

2002   MA(Oxon) Classics, Oxford University

2006   MA  Social Work, Cardiff University

2016   Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University

2018   Doctor of Social Work, Cardiff University

Professional Experience

I practised as a qualified social worker for seven years, most of which was spent in the Children's Hospital for Wales, Cardiff.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic positions

2014 - 2018: Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Cardiff Metropolitan University









I teach primarily on the MA Social Work, but also provide some input to the MSc Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) Social Work/Care Pathway and professional doctorate programmes in the school.

On the MASW I convene the following modules:

Principles and Context of Statutory Social Work (Stages 1 & 2 - jointly with Dr David Wilkins)

Understanding Evidence for Social Work Practice (Stages 1 & 2)

Working with Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities (Stage 3)

My main research interests are:

Unpaid carers

Social work with older people

Inter-professional work, especially social work in medical settings

Care planning in adult social care

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0534-266X


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Unpaid carers
  • Care planning in adult social care
  • Social work with older people
  • Rights-based practice
  • Inter-professional work

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