Roxana Anghel is a qualified social worker from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and worked in the field of international adoptions. She joined Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK in 1999. She is a Social Work researcher in the Department of Social Work and Social Policy and she has conducted externally and internally funded research in the areas of youth transitions from residential care to independence, and social work education (looking at learning; citizen involvement; and exploring 'self' in social work education). She is currently finishing her doctoral research, which explored the process of transition from residential public childcare to independent living in Romania.
Melanie Boyce is a Research Associate in the Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. She joined the university in 2004, having just completed an MSc in Social Research Methods. Since joining the university she has worked and led on a number of externally funded research projects, primarily in the area of community groups, employment and social inclusion.
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Alex Collis has recently graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Social Policy (Research) where she specialised in criminal justice policy. She is in the first year of her PhD which will focus on the barriers to integrated working in anti-social behaviour partnerships and, in particular, the non-involvement of mental health agencies (community, participation and governance sub-theme). Alex also holds a DipHE in Social Policy (first class) from Anglia Ruskin University and is working as an hourly paid lecturer at Anglia Ruskin, teaching modules on youth offending, the criminal justice system, research methods and the boundaries of social policy.
Deborah Holman was awarded her PhD in 2001; her thesis was on public participation and community politics in relation to New Labour's modernising agenda at the end of the 1990s. Currently, she teaches on politics and policy making, citizenship and family policy modules on the Social Policy BA at Anglia Ruskin University. Her research is mainly concentrated on the intra-migration of EU citizens to the East of England, which she carries out with Dr Claudia Schneider.
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Carol Munn-Giddings is Professor of Participative Inquiry and Collaborative Practices at Anglia Ruskin University. One of Carol's specialist areas is supporting practitioners and service users in undertaking action research and she also worked for several years in social and educational development projects in Ukraine. Carol's interest include: Self-help/mutual aid groups; user led organisations; training and supporting citizen research groups, participatory research and action research. Carol is also the director for the Participatory Research Group which runs a specialist discussion and debating forum for active participatory researchers and share expertise and resources in order to develop collaborative research projects and consultancy.
Stephen Moore is Reader in Social Policy. He has an established publication record of books and journal articles in England and Italy over the last twenty years. He has also led a wide range of applied research projects related to criminal justice, youth issues and anti-social behaviour. He is currently leading a Trans-European Research Project funded by the European Commission on young people as victims of anti-social behaviour. A second area of interest (and research) concerns the role of the Third Sector in the criminal justice system.
Claire Preston is in the first year of her PhD which will look at online participation by members of the public in social policy making. Previous to this she jointly led a research project for Democratic Audit, looking at marginalized groups' participation in policymaking. She has a PG cert (distinction) in Applied Social Science Research Methods from Anglia Ruskin, and an MA from London's School of Oriental and African Studies. Claire's experience also includes: organising academic seminars and conferences; PR for a BME arts project; teaching English to asylum seekers and refugees; and 15 years as a journalist, writing and sub-editing for a variety of publications including the Financial Times and New Statesman.
Prof. Shula Ramon is a qualified social worker and clinical psychologist by her training. Her research has focused on social inclusion and exclusion in mental health, in social work education, and on the issue of the impact of political conflict on social work. She has initiated and carried out research with service users as co-researchers and co-trainers in higher education. Her research and project activities are international and often include cross-countries comparison. Shula has published 11 books and more than 100 peer reviewed articles.
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Claudia Schneider gained her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006 (department of sociology) carrying out an analysis of immigration theories in the context of Germany asylum policy. Since then she co-led with her colleague Deb Holman a number of externally funded projects on migration. Her main interest is in immigration theory, asylum policy and A8/A2 migration and together with Deb Holman she has published several reports on migration. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and is a strong supporter of a mixed methods approach.
Peter Scourfield is a qualified social worker who joined Anglia Ruskin full time in 2003. His main teaching is focused on qualifying and post-qualifying social work courses. Main research interests concern the linked areas of: the adult social care system, older people and user-involvement. Peter is currently studying for a PhD part-time, the focus of which is the statutory review system for older people in care homes.
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Jenny Secker is Professor of Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University and the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. She trained in Edinburgh, first as a mental health nurse and later as a social worker. After completing her PhD with the Department of Social Work and Social Policy at Edinburgh University she worked as a researcher in a number of academic and practice organisations. Her main research interests are in the area of mental health, employment and social inclusion.
Elaine Statham's research interest revolves around intergenerational relationships within communities. She has completed an independent evaluation of an arts-based intergenerational project aimed at reducing negative ageist stereotyping of young people by older adults and vice versus. More recently she has been working with a Borough Council in East Anglia to develop a project focusing on reducing perceived anti-social behaviour of young people and improving their interaction with adults. This work has now progressed to a second stage where a Local Authority in mid-England is involved. This research is forming the basis of her PhD thesis, the working title of which is 'Improving communication skills available to adults to address behaviour by groups of teenagers perceived by these adults to be anti-social'.
Marina Bush worked for several years in a local authority community development service before joining the Social Policy team at Anglia. Marina has a long-standing interest in notions of 'community', identity and participation, with a particular interest in social class and marginalised communities. Marina has worked on several research projects looking at the participation and exclusion of different communities including a Gypsy and Traveller Needs Assessment, Equality and Diversity in the UK Fire Service, Poor White Communities' Perceptions of Ethnic Minorities and a Community Consultation for a housing masterplan. Marina continues to pursue these interests through her PhD looking at contemporary redneck identity in the American South.