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Biography

Research Interests and Opportunities

Embodied ethnic identity; domestic abuse within the system of child protection; child abuse, social constructionism and social work; the construction of knowledge; disruptive methodologies

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Social Work BA and MA
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families BA
  • Personal Academic Tutor
  • Dissertation Supervisor
Administrative Responsibilities
  • Admissions Tutor for BA Social Work
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families BA 'Children and Interagency Work'
  • 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 (due for completion 2020)
  • 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
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the European Social Work Research Association
  • Member of the Race Equality Staff Forum
Current Research Areas 
  • Ethnic identity, Social Work practice, Social Work knowledge, Institutionalised racism, Academic Activism
Current Projects and Output 
  • Zoe is in the completion stages of her PhD. The subject area is around social work knowledge concerning the specific needs of black children and how this is navigated in practice. Zoe focuses on the construction of ethnic identity and how this can be embodied through skin and hair whilst also examining social work knowledge and practice
  • Thomas, Z (2014) Child Protection, Black Children, Skin and Hair...a matter for social work? In: Fifth Annual Regional Social Work PhD Summer Seminar, 4th July, 2014, The University of Sheffield. (Invited presentation)

Research

Ethnic identity, Social Work practice, Social Work knowledge, Child Protection, Institutionalised racism. Ethnic identity, Social Work practice, Social Work knowledge, Child Protection, Institutionalised racism.  Zoe is in the completion stages of her PhD. The subject area is around social work knowledge concerning the specific needs of black children and how this is navigated in practice. Zoe focuses on the construction of ethnic identity and how this can be embodied through skin and hair whilst also examining social work knowledge and practice