Research Output per year
Area of academic expertise - outline
I qualified in social work in 1988 and my career has taken me from the far north of the Scottish mainland in Wick to the south of Scotland in Dumfries. My career interests have spanned 23 years in front line practice at practitioner and management grades within the statutory sector. My learning and experience has come from working across the range of client groups; children and families, learning disabilities, mental health, criminal justice as well as learning from leadership challenges in the sector.
My 23 years of front line social work practice in practitioner and management grades within the statutory sector before coming to the University of the West of Scotland in 2010 offers informed research insights into day to day practice and management issues across the social work caseload.
Current research activities
My research interests in social work practice include the facilitation and support of social work practitioner research to improve local problem solving capacity and innovation.
In addition, research interests are on-going across the social work sphere but particularly within criminal justice social work practice with particular interest on offender assessment and the generation of imaginative outcome focussed responses to service user need.
I am currently researching French probation and social wor practices in order to support the transfer of learning between the two countries.
Within the field of education, my research interests are in preparing students for professional practice and the place of electronic media in education.
Desired research direction
My research goals are:
To improve social work practice by offering research insights into day to day practice in collaboration with front-line staff
To support social work organisations to develop and maintain a research and innovation culture
To support the development of student learning capacity during and post qualification
To offer international insights and knowledge exchange.
Target collaborative companies
Private sector care providers
Target collaborative organisations
Third sector organisations
French speaking welfare and probation services
Dumfries and Galloway Branch Chair, Scottish Association for the Study of Offending9 Jun 2016 → …
Social Work Lecturer of the Year, Scottish Association of Social Workers2016 → 2017
Member, La Confederation Francophone de Probation2014 → …
Les transformations de la probation en France: réflexions et leçons écossaises à l’usage de mes collègues françaisSturgeon, J., 14 Sep 2018.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article