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Jim Campbell

Full Professor Of Social Work
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
01 716 8210
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Sheehy-Skeffington Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Biography I was appointed to the Chair of Social Work at UCD in January 2015. Before then I was Professor of Social Work and Head of the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, and spent about 20 years teaching and researching social work at Queens University Belfast. I practiced as a mental health social worker in Northern Ireland. I have two, broad teaching and research interests. The first is in the fields of mental health social work and policy, with a particular interest in related socio-legal studies. The other is a longstanding interest in exploring the relationships between social work and political violence, initially in the context of the Northern Irish conflict but latterly in wider comparative terms. These interests are reflected in my publications profile on this site. Over my academic career I have gained considerable journal board and editorial experience. I was a member of the board of the Social Work Education for around ten years, then the British Journal of Social Work for five years. From 2010 to 2015 I was co-editor of the British Journal of Social Work (with Professor John Pinkerton, Queens University Belfast). I am currently involved in a number of research projects. The first is a study of social workers experiences of the Northern Irish conflict, led by Dr Joe Duffy, Queens University, funded by the British Association of Social Workers and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. We are co-editing a book on this study and international comparisons of social work policy and practice, commissioned by Routledge, and hope that this will be available by mid 2018. I have also been involved in a research network with scholars in this area and recently participated with mental health academics examining the prospective impact of capacity laws on both side of the Irish border. I have a long experience in supervising PhD students in the areas of social work and mental health, and social work and political conflict, and been examiner for PhDs in Ireland, the UK and Australia. I have been external examiner for a number of social work programmes: University of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham University, University of Malta. I have been involved in a number of international research and teaching activities over these years, including co-leading on teaching exchanges between Queens University and Boston College, and Queens University and the University of Muenster. In 2016 I was international visiting professor to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and in 2017 to the University of Baroda, India. If you are interested in any of these interests: publishing, teaching, PhD study, international exchange, external examining, please do not hesitate to contact me.ProfessionalEditorial experience2010-15: Co-editor of the British Journal of Social Work2006-10: Member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Social Work.2001-9: Member of the Editorial Board of Social Work Education 2009-present: Member of the Editorial Boards of Policy Press and BASW Publishing Board.Christie, A. and Campbell, J (2009) (eds): 'Themed Issue: 'Crossing Borders'' Social Work Education Vol. 28, pp. 1470-1227.Reviewer for British Journal of Social Work, Social Work Education, Journal of Social Work, European Journal of Social Work. Invited conference keynote addresses in the past 15 years Campbell, J. (2011) 'Exploring the impact of political conflict on majorities and minorities in Northern Ireland' International Congress on Majorities and Minorities in Europe, State Government of Kaernten, Austria.Campbell, J. (2011) 'Safeguarding the rights of clients with mental health needs: reflections on the use of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) by mental health social workers', 5th Annual Social Work Conference, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London.Campbell, J., Duffy, M., Moshe-Grodofsky, M. and Maglajlic, R.A. (2010) 'Social work and political conflict: Using a case study approach to develop our understanding of the role of the profession in working with citizens traumatised by violence', Fifth International Conference on Health and Mental Health Social Work, Dublin, 28th June-2nd July 2010.Campbell, J. (2010) 'Reflecting on the past and looking to the future. The role social workers in dealing with the legacy of the conflict in Northern', invited presentation to The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), Glasgow School of Social Work, 18th March 2010.Campbell, J. (2010) 'Enabling social work students to address the needs of victims and survivors of the conflict in Northern Ireland: the findings of an EU funding teaching project', World Social Work Day, The Long Gallery, Stormont, 9th March 2010. Campbell, J. (2007) '"Time future contained in time past (Elliot)":reflections on the challenges and opportunities facing mental health social workers in Northern Ireland', Joint North South Mental Health Social Work Conference,IASW/BASW(NI) conference, Dundalk, 25-26 April 2007.Campbell, J. (2006) Dealing with the aftermath of political violence: the needs of victims and survivors on Northern Ireland', Canadian Day of Social Work, Toronto Association of Social Workers, Ottawa, 3rd March 2006.Campbell, J. (2004) 'International perspectives on the education and teaching of social work students: lessons from an Erasmus teaching exchange', World Social Work Day, Belfast Castle, March 2004.Campbell, J. (2004) 'Australian Experiences of Compulsory Treatment in the Community: Lessons for the UK', Practice Consequences of the New Mental Health Bill, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 26 October, 2004, London.Campbell, J. (2003) 'Australian Experiences of Compulsory Treatment in the Community: Lessons for the UK', Practice Consequences of the New Mental Health Bill, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 December, 2003, London.Campbell, J. (2002) 'Mental Health Social Work and the Integrated Service in Northern Ireland', New Patterns of Service Delivery in Mental Health, University of Portsmouth, 22nd May 2002. CommitteesMember of the Management Committee of the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin, 2015-present.Member of the research committee for the Irish Mental Health Commission, 2005-2011.Member of the Research Committee for Marie Curie (NI), 2008-2011.Member of Threshold (mental health charity in Northern Ireland) research and education committee, 2000-2011.


  • BA
    Queen's University of Belfast UK
  • Other
    University of Ulster
  • PhD
    Queen's University of Belfast UK