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Jim Goddard

Head of Sociology & Criminology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 235797


I joined the University of Bradford in 1998, became a Senior Lecturer in 2005 and Head of Division in February 2014. I am also Programme Leader for the Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management (since September 2015). I undertook my PhD at the University of East Anglia, receiving the award in 1994. The subject was: ‘Policy as the Implementation of Belief Systems: Crime and Human Nature, 1964-1970’. The thesis was entered for, and awarded, the Political Studies Association ‘Walter Bagehot prize’ for 1993. It involved the testing and development of an innovatory approach to public policy analysis, focussing on the role of belief systems and social learning. I then worked at the University of Portsmouth for four years on a range of temporary contracts, before moving to Bradford to take up a permanent position. Through my work as a researcher and author and as the Chair of a national charity (The Care Leavers’ Association), I am the leading UK expert on adults who grew up in care. As such, I have presented at numerous national and international events, such as conferences, on this and related subjects (such as dealing with the historic abuse of children in care and accessing care files). More recently, I advised adult care leavers on Jersey in dealing with their experiences of abuse in the child care system on the island in the 1980s and earlier and have advised the Scottish government on historic abuse issues.


I retain an interest in criminal justice policy and in social policy and public policy more generally. However, over the past 15 years my research interests have become increasingly focussed on the following areas: State child care and leaving care policy in the UK Adults who have grown up in care Access to childhood social care records I am writing a book on the history of policy and practice in relation to looked after children since 1945. I am working, with Divisional colleagues Dr Parveen Akhtar and Dr Paul Sullivan, on a project concerned with voting patterns and political preferences in Bradford I am working on an article on the mental health of care leavers with an Australian colleague, Dr. Suellen Murray. Past Funded Research Projects Access to Files by Former Children in Care: Local Authority and Voluntary Sector Practice under the Data Protection Act 1998. Main Researcher, With Julia Feast and Derek Kirton as co-researchers. Expenses funded by British Academy. Competitive Award. £ 4,369. (start of 2004 through to end of 2005) The Health of Young People Leaving Care in Bradford District. Main Researcher, with Research Assistant for six months (early to mid 2005). Funded by Bradford City Primary Care Trust. Uncompetitive Award. £14,410.77 (mid-2004 through 2005)