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Zoe Thomas

PositionLecturer in Social Work
LocationRichmond Building E42
DepartmentSocial Work and Social Care
Feedback HoursMonday 10:00-11:00, Tuesday 15:00-16:00 (Sem 1); Monday 10:00-11:00, Tuesday 10:00-11:00 (Sem 2)
Telephone01274 23 6738

Research Interests (key words only)

Embodied ethnic identity; domestic abuse and the system of child protection; child abuse, social constructionism and social work; knowledge and power.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Teaching across the following courses:

  • Social Work BA and MA
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families BA

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Working with Children, Young People and Families BA 'Children and Interagency Work' Admissions Tutor
  • Social Work Master's 'Social Work Theories and Methods'
  • Social Work BA 'Child and Family Social Work'
  • Social Work Master's 'Practice Placement Learning 1'
  • Admissions Tutor (BA Social Work)

Study History

The University of Huddersfield

  • PhD Doctoral study (current)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Higher Education Practice)

The University of Bradford

  • MA Social Work

The University of East London

  • Joint BA (Hons) Women's Studies and Third World and Development Studies

Professional History

  • Statutory Child Protection Social Worker (Advanced Practitioner) 2014 - 2016
  • Lecturer Practitioner and Statutory Child Protection Social Worker (Senior Practitioner) 2011 - 2013
  • Statutory Child Protection Social Worker (Senior Practitioner) 2010 - 2014
  • Statutory Child Protection Social Worker 2007 - 2010
  • Various social care settings 2003 - 2006

Professional Activities

  • Registered Social Worker, Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the European Social Work Research Association

Research Areas

Ethnic identity, Social Work practice, Social Work knowledge, Child Protection, Institutionalised racism.

Current Projects

I am currently a post graduate researcher working towards a doctorate. The subject of my study is about social work knowledge concerning the specific needs of black children and how this is navigated in practice. I am focusing on the construction of ethnic identity and how this can be embodied through skin and hair.


  • Co-lead for the University of Bradford Social Work and Social Care Practice Research Forum
  • Academic Personal Tutor
  • Academic lead for Social Work Society

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