Introducing our new academics: Department of Social Work, Care and JusticeWednesday 7 October 2015
The Department of Social Work, Care and Justice welcomes two new academics, with research specialisms including the concept of the big society and children and young people’s views of well-being.
Dr Lucy Hanson joins Liverpool Hope as a Lecturer in Social Work. Before this, Dr Hansen worked as a Research Officer at the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration. During her time there, she conducted a variety of research projects including that on the Permanence and Care Planning of Looked After Children in Scotland. Dr Hanson also has a strong interest in conducting research with young people, and in particular the outcomes of Looked After Children. Her recent work has focused on children and young people’s views of well-being. Between 2003 and 2006 she was a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow where she focused on young people who offended and evaluated a service aimed at supporting young people at risk. Dr Hanson completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in 2002. Aside from research, she has spent a number of years working as a volunteer for NSPCC/ChildLine.
Dr Steven Corbett (Lecturer in Social Policy) comes to Liverpool Hope from the University of Sheffield, where he completed his PhD in Political Sociology. His research focuses on how empowerment through democratic participation can enhance quality of life. This has included a critical analysis of the recent ‘big society’ concept and the extent to which the localism agenda has failed to genuinely empower local communities. For this work, he was nominated for the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year UK 2015 award, hosted by Elsevier.