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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)

The embodiment of ethnic identity, domestic abuse in child protection, child abuse and socially constructed identity in social work practice

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'

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

PhD research - the embodiment of ethhair and skin for children and young people who are black and whether this is and should be a matter for social work


  • 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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