Nick Burke

Department of Sociological Studies

University Teacher

Staff: Nick Burke

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Nick Burke
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Nick qualified in 2007 and is a University Teacher in the Continuous Professional Development programme for social workers as well as a practicing social worker in Post-Adoption Support.  In 2017 he became involved in the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership as a student on the MA in Advanced Professional Practice, where he encountered the emerging findings of the Child Welfare Inequalities Project and Wastell and White’s Blinded by Science (2017), which led him to become interested in completing research.

Research interests

Nick is interested in critical research about child adoption and more generally in the sociology of childhood and family life, critiquing neoliberal welfare policy and radical social work.  Nick adopts a critical realist ontology and is interested in the use of mixed methods, ethnography and critical discourse analysis to create historically situated and contextually rooted research.

Teaching interests

Nick developed the Advanced Contextual Safeguarding With Children module and teaches on this module as well as on the Out of Home Care module.  In 2019 he gained Higher Education Academy Fellowship status and developed innovative social work group supervision methods that have been taken up regionally.

Teaching activities

Nick is currently supervising an MA dissertation on child adoption and would be interested in supervising any topics which connect with his research and teaching interests.