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Dr Jones Adu-Gyamfi

LocationRichmond Building, E26
DepartmentSocial Work & Social Care
Telephone01274 236098

Research Interests (key words only)

Children and young people; participation; social policy; poverty reduction; practice learning; children's rights

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Current teaching responsibilities are Social Work Law, and Practice Learning.  I welcome MPhil/PhD students whose research falls within my research interests.

Administrative Responsibilities

Admissions Tutor for BA Social Work.


I am an International Social Worker, Practice Educator and Social Development Practitioner specialising in work with children and young people. I qualified as a social worker in 2002 and practiced mainly in children and families settings including: hospital social work, youth offending team, children with disabilities, fostering recruitment and supervision, child protection and children in care. I worked as a Social Worker, Senior Social Worker, Project Manager and latterly as Practice Supervisor/Educator (freelance and with local authority).  I have taught social work and social policy courses at universities in the UK and Ghana. I am also the Founding Director of AGAD Associates, a Policy Research/Evaluation and Social Work Consultancy based in Ghana.

Study History

2013 - 2014: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

PGCE Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


2010 – 2013: Royal Holloway, University of London

PhD Social Work

Thesis: Young People’s Participation in Public Policy Formulation and Implementation.


2011 – 2012: Goldsmith College, University of London

Graduate Diploma Social Work Practice Education


2003 - 2004: UCL, University of London

MSc Development Administration and Planning

Dissertation: Globalisation and Poverty: in defence of sweatshops.


1999 – 2002: University of Ghana

BA (Hons) Social Work with sociology 

Professional History

I joined the University of Bradford in June 2014 from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, where I was Senior Lecturer and Practice Learning Coordinator in Social Work. I have also held lectureship position at the School of Social Work, Osu-Accra, Ghana; Teaching & Research Assistant at the Department of Social Work, University of Ghana, and Lecturer/Course Director at Green Valley College in London. Below are some previous awards and scholarships that I have obtained for my work and studies:

• 2010: Children’s Services Award, Croydon Council - Innovative and Efficient worker.

• 2009: Royal Holloway, University of London -  College Research Award, £9,480 

• 2004: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA – The Paulo Friere Scholarship, $23,000

• 2003: DFID shared scholarship scheme, £16,700

• 2003: International Students House, London, residential scholarship £5,000

Professional Activities

  • Member - The College of Social Work, UK
  • Registered Social Worker - Health & Care Professions Council, UK
  • Member - Ghana Association of Social Workers
  • Member - National Organisation for Practice Teaching, UK
  • Member - International Development Evaluation Association
  • Member - International Childhood and Youth Research Network
  • Member - Independent Academic Research Studies

Research Areas

My interests are closely related to my social work practice and have been focused in six main areas:

  • Youth entrepreneurship
  • Children and Young people’s Participation
  • Juvenile justice
  • Social Welfare in Ghana
  • Community development & Social work in Africa
  • Evaluation and policy development



  • Adu-Gyamfi, J. (2015) ‘Barriers to Children and Young People’s Participation in Policy Making in Ghana’. Journal of Social Sciences
  • Adu-Gyamfi, J & Keating, F (2013) ‘Convergence and Divergence between UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Children’s  Charter’, Sacha Journal of Human Rights, 3, (1), 47-58.

Book chapters 

  • Adu-Gyamfi, J (2014) ‘Young people’s motivation for civic engagement in Ghana’, in Roscoe, C (ed) Ghana: social, economic and political issues. New York: Nova publishers.
  • Osei, E.A & Adu-Gyamfi, J (2014) ‘Truck pushers in Ghana: social misfits or urban transporters?’ in Roscoe, C (ed) Ghana: social, economic and political issues. New York: Nova publishers. 

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference presentation

Overseas fieldwork: are ethics committees oblivious of cultural differences? Paper presented at Research seminar jointly organised by the Centre for criminology and the Dept of Social Work, Royal Holloway University of London, on 21 June 2012.

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