Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group

Profiles

Prof Roger Smith, BA (Kent); MA (Warwick); MPhil, PhD (Leicester)

Professor of Social Work (Director of Master of Social Work) in the Department of Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41503
Room number: 30 Old Elvet: Room 203

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Biography

Following my first degree in Sociology, I went on to practice and then qualify as a social worker in 1980.  I worked as a Probation Officer, specialising in diversion with young offenders until 1988, when I went on to take up a policy role with The Children’s Society.  At the same time, I completed further postgraduate study, gaining my MPhil (on juvenile diversion) in 1989 and my PhD (on values and practice in child care) in 1995.

I moved to the University of Leicester in 2000, leading the social work qualifying masters programme there.  In 2006, I joined De Montfort University as Professor of Social Work Research, before coming to Durham University in 2012.

As a practitioner, educator and researcher, my primary area of interest has been young people and crime, on which I have published widely. I have also developed an interest in research methods in social work, particularly participatory approaches; the sociology of childhood; social work theory (notably around the subject of ‘power’); interprofessional learning; and working with people with learning difficulties.

Current areas of interest include:

a)      Participatory models of practice in youth justice

b)      Models of evaluation in interprofessional education

c)       Power, networks and their implications for social work

d)      Innovations in social work education

I have supervised a variety of Phd projects, including studies of children’s residential care, travellers and the care system, child care in Qatar, post adoption contact and decision-making in children’s services. I would welcome Phd proposals in any of my areas of interest, and in social work with children and young people more broadly.

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Smith, Roger (Accepted). Social work as policy innovator: challenges and possibilities in the UK. In Klammer, Ute, Leiber, Simone & Leitner, Sigrid
  • Smith, Roger (2016). Acting as a Critical Friend: Developmental Evaluations, Service Users and the Role of the Researcher. In Innovations in Social Work Research: Using Methods Creatively. Hardwick, Louise, Smith, Roger & Worsley, Aidan London Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley. 124-137.
  • Smith, Roger (2015). Troubled, Troubling or Troublesome? Troubled Families and the Changing Shape of Youth Justice. In The Management of Change in Criminal Justice. Wasink, Martin & Santatzoglou, Sotirios New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 49-63.
  • Smith, Roger (2014). Social Work Research in the UK: Staking Our Claim. In Social Work Research Across Europe: Methodological Positions and Research Practice. Hämäläinen, Juha, Littlechild, Brian & Špiláčková, Marie ERIS (European Research Institute for Social Work). II: 119-136.
  • Smith, R. (2013). Professionalism and practice-focused research. In Professional Social Work. Parker, J. & Doel, M. Sage/Learning Matters. 116-131.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Der einzige Weg zum Spiel? Sozialarbeit der Markt unddie Gesellschaft'. Trends in der Sozialarbeit Grossbritaniens. In Produktionsbedingungen Sozialer Arbeit in Europa. Dahme, H-J., & Wohlfahrt, N. Schneider Verlag Hohengehren. 33-50.
  • Smith, R. (2012). Why participatory research? Exploring principles and practice. In Involving Children and Young People in Health and Social Care Research. Fleming, J. & Boeck, T. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 28-37.
  • Smith, R. & Littlechild, B. (2011). Social work with young offenders. In Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice. Wilson, K., Ruch G., Lymbery, M. & Cooper, A. Pearson Longman. 535-565.
  • Smith, R. (2010). Childhood, Culture and Social Work. In Travail Social à l’Epreuve des Coopération Ouvertes et des Coopérations Fermées: Enjeu Capital pour le Développement Humain. Hicham, K., Abdelhamid, B., Gaucher, C. & Smith, R. Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah. 79-98.
  • Smith, R. (2010). Young People, Crime and Justice. In Travail Social à l’Epreuve des Coopération Ouvertes et des Coopérations Fermées: Enjeu Capital pour le Développement Humain. Hicham, K., Abdelhamid, B., Gaucher, C. & Smith, R. Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah. 99-128.
  • Smith, R. (2009). Inter-professional learning and multi-professional practice for PQ. In Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice. Higham, P. Sage. 135-147.
  • Smith, R. (2008). From child protection to child safety. In Contemporary Risk Assessment. Calder, M. Russell House. 3-14.
  • Smith, R. (2008). Interventions: Responsibility, Rights or Reconciliation? In Applied Criminology. Stout, B., Yates, J. & Williams, B. Sage. 118-134.
  • Smith, R. & Littlechild, B. (2008). Social work with young offenders. In Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice. Wilson, K., Ruch, G., Lymbery, M. & Cooper, A. Pearson Longman. 512-536.

Edited book

  • Hardwick, Louise, Smith, Roger & Worsley, Aidan (2016). Innovations in Social Work Research. Jessica Kinglsey.
  • Hicham, K., Abdelhamid, B., Gaucher, C. & Smith, R. (2010). Travail Social à l’Epreuve des Coopération Ouvertes et des Coopérations Fermées: Enjeu Capital pour le Développement Humain. Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

Report

  • Smith, R., McLenachan, J., Venn, L., Weich, H. & Anthony, D. (2013). Step Up to Social Work Programme Evaluation 2012: The Regional Partnerships and Employers Perspectives. Department for Education.
  • Smith, R., Hine, J. & Fleming, J. (2012). Embedding Participation: UR Boss 2nd Interim Evaluation Report. The Howard League.
  • Smith, R., McIntosh, B. & Mattingly, M. (2011). Raising Your Game: Context and Implementation. Mencap.
  • Smith, R., Khabbache, H., Berdai, A. & Gaucher, C. (2011). Report of the Second Spring Institute: Open and Closed Co-operation in Social Work. University Sais-Fes.
  • Smith, R. & Fleming, J. (2011). UR Boss Legal Service: Interim Evaluation Report. The Howard League.
  • Smith, R. & Welford, J. (2010). Evaluation of Derby Youth Crime Prevention Initiative. De Montfort University.
  • Smith, R., Boeck, T., Fleming, J. & Thorp, L. (2009). Volunteering and Faith Communities in England. Volunteering England.
  • Smith, R., Marsh, P. & Forrester, D. (2008). An Audit of Funding for Social Work Research. ESRC.

Research Projects

Supervises