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Dr Darren Hill

About Dr Darren Hill

Dr Darren Hill is a Principal Lecturer in Social Work and Substance Use at Leeds Beckett University. Prior to working in higher education, Darren worked within substance use, mental health, family support and housing services.

Darren's contemporary academic deployment is situated within the School of Health & Community Studies and his primary teaching resides with the BA and MA pre-registration social work awards. Darren also contributes to post registration Social Work, Nursing, Mental Health and Youth Work awards through the inclusion of substance use related teaching.

Current Teaching


  • BA Social Work
  • MA Social Work
  • BA Youth and Community Work
  • MSc Mental Health Practice
  • PG Cert Mental Health Practice (AMHP)

Research Interests

Darren is a qualitative researcher who uses an ethnographic case study method; he favours direct observation, focus groups and interviews as data collection methods.

Darren’s research interests include the exploration of the history of social work; with specific reference to its role and philosophy for practice within society. He is also interested in comparative social work practice across Europe and is engaged with exploring alternative social work communities of practice such as 'street work' with socially marginalised service user groups.

Within the field of social work and social care Darren’s research expertise is primarily focused within the areas mental health and substance use. Darren’s research aims to develop a wider sociological understanding of substance use and mental health to improve practitioner knowledge, skills and best practice when working with service users groups within the community.

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