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Prof Stephen. J. Macdonald

Professor of Social Work


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Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociology  

Biography

Stephen is the Programme Co-Director for the Master of Social Work programme and he convenes the Year 1 module ‘Social Work in Practice’. Stephen has researched in the field of social work and criminology for over 16 years. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Sociology (Disability Studies) at Newcastle University. Before joining Durham University, Stephen was a Professor in Social Science and was Head of the Centre of Applied Social Sciences (CASS) at the University of Sunderland. In practice, Stephen worked in the field of dementia care in hospitals/residential settings across the region. He has taught modules including, Medicine as Culture: Disability, Institutionalisation and Confinement; Research and Practice in Social Work; Principles and Practices in Social Work; Community Care for Disabled Adults; Working in Organisations of Care; Psychology, Human Growth and Development in Social Work. His research explores the relationship between disability and social deprivation. An example of some of the projects he has led are, ‘disability, loneliness and isolation’, ‘mental health and confinement’, ‘digital inclusion and exclusion’, ‘disability hate crime’, ‘disability, cuckooing and county lines’, ‘neurodiversity and homelessness’, ‘disabled people’s experiences in police custody’, and ‘neurodiversity and pathways into offending’. Stephen has also published widely in the field of Disability Studies and Social Work Theory. He is the co-author for the textbook ‘Social Work Theory and Practice’.

Stephen is the Programme Co-Director for the Master of Social Work programme and he convenes the Year 1 module ‘Social Work in Practice’. Stephen has researched in the field of social work and criminology for over 16 years. He has published broadly in the areas of disability and social exclusion, including issues concerning diagnosis, disengagement, digital exclusion, crime, victimisation, loneliness/isolation, and homelessness. Stephen’s research is underpinned by social models of disability. He has also published widely in the field of Social Work Theory. Stephen is the co-author for the textbook ‘Social Work Theory and Practice’.

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