• United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Older Age, Disability, Mental Health, Postmodern Feminist Perspectives

1994 …2020

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

Barbara Fawcett is Professor of Social Work and  Policy Studies in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Previously she was Professor of Social Work and Head of the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Birmingham. She was also Director of Internationalisation for the College of Social Sciences and for the School of Social Policy. Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2013, she was Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney Australia and the Head of School and Associate Dean (Research). She was also Head of the Faculty wide School of Education and Social Work. Whilst at Sydney she was the co-director of the Social Policy Research Network. She is an International member of the Hong Kong Social Work Registration Board and the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board. Prior to moving to Australia in 2004, Barbara was head of the large interdisciplinary School of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bradford. At the University of Bradford, she also co-founded and led the Social Care Research and Evaluation Partnership. Barbara spent eight years in the field as a senior practitioner, manager, contract researcher and head of mental health services. Barbara has been an International member of the editorial boards of the journals Critical Social Policy, Child Care in Practice and the British Journal of Social Work. She has been an Executive Board Member of Barnardos, Australia and has worked extensively in the arena of health and social care. Her work has a strong International dimension and collaborations include Hong Kong, China,  South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.  

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester


Master in Science, University of Oxford

External positions

Registered Member of Social Work England, Social Work England

2019 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham

2019 → …

Research Member, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Panel


Editor in Chief Gender Studies, Social Services on Line Journal

2017 → …

Member of the Hong Kong Social Work Accreditation Board, Hong Kong Social Work Accreditation Board

2013 → …

Executive Director, Barnardos, Australia


International Editorial Representative, British Journal of Social Work


Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy, Higher Education Teaching Academy

2007 → …

International Member New Zealand Social Work Registration Board: Wellington, NZ, New Zealand Social Work Registration Board


Co- Director of Social Policy Research Network , University of Sydney


Treasurer, Australian Association of Schools of Social Work


Research and Journal Reviewer, Large Range of external domestic and International bodies

2004 → …

Chair, Romy Waterloo Trust


Honorary Professor (Applied Social Studies), University of Bradford


Co - Director of Social Care Research and Evaluation Network , University of Bradford


Member of Association of Professors of Social Work


  • Older Age, Mental Health, Disability, Postmodern Feminism, Participatory Research Methodologies

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Research Output

Birmingham taking the initiative: changes and challenges in working differently with adults

Fawcett, B., Johnson, M., Mould, F. & Ubhie, J., 2 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : British Journal of Social Work. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Medicalisation of Everyday Life

    Fawcett, B., Weber, Z. & Bannister, H., 28 Feb 2020, Basingstoke. 186 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    • 7 Invited talk
    • 4 Oral presentation