Social Work Alumni

  • Dr Alinka Gearon

    Social Work Alumni


    Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

    Graduation date: 2016

    Research topic: 'Child trafficking': Experiences of children on the move

    Current position: Lecturer in Social Work specialising in child trafficking and child protection social work, University of Bath

    Email: a.gearon@bath.ac.uk

    Website/Blog: https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/alinka-gearon


  • Dr Natalie Booth

    Social Work Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

    Start date: September 2012

    Graduation date: October 2017

    Research topic: Prison and the family; an exploration of maternal imprisonment from a family-centred perspective

    Research supervisors: Honorary Professor Tess Ridge, Dr Jeremy Dixon

    Email: nb279@bath.ac.uk


  • Dr Rachel Wilder

    Social Work Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC 1+3)
    School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: May 2019

    Research topic: Policy making about sex and relationships education in primary schools in Bristol

    The aim of my research is to explore how decision makers negotiate what ‘knowledge’ contributes to sex and relationships education (SRE) policy for a selection of primary schools in Bristol. ‘Decision makers’ refers to governors, head teachers, SRE teachers, external consultants and others who contribute to decision-making about SRE. This will involve looking at what criteria decision makers, as individuals and as a potential collective, use to assign value to different kinds of information (including technical information, historical pathways, community values, personal attitudes, etc.) and how decision makers use these knowledge(s) to create a case and to negotiate with other decision makers to advance their political persuasion and preferences with regards to SRE policy.

    Research supervisors: Dr Debbie Watson, Dr Ailsa Cameron

    Email: Rachel.wilder@bristol.ac.uk


  • Dr Jessica Roy

    Social Work Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Social Work (ESRC +3)
    Policy Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: June 2018

    Research topic: Children living with parental substance misuse: A longitudinal study of factors associated with social care outcomes in England

    The focus of my PhD study was identifying and analysing risk and protective factors for children living with parental substance misuse in relation to their children’s social care and wellbeing outcomes. The research design was a retrospective longitudinal case note study, using multivariate statistical analysis to explore which factors or sets of interacting factors are associated with particular outcomes.

    Current position: Lecturer in the School for Policy Studies.

    Research supervisors: Dr Dendy Platt, Dr Demi Patsios

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    Registered Social Worker with HCPC  (SW81401)

    PhD student representative for the School for Policy Studies (University of Bristol)

    Email: jessica.roy@bristol.ac.uk