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Dr Darren Hill

About Dr Darren Hill

Darren's contemporary academic deployment is situated within the School of Health & Community Studies and his primary teaching resides within the Children, Young People & Communities Subject Group. Darren also contributes to Social Work, Nursing and Mental Health awards through the inclusion of substance use related teaching.

Current Teaching


BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work (JNC).
BA (Hons) Social Work.
BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People & Families.
BSc (Hons) Social Care Justice & Recovery.
MA Social Work.

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. Darren has a particular interest in social relationships and critical theory within community based social work practice. 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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (2)

Books (2)

Chapters (3)

Conference contributions (3)

  • Hill D (2019) Using ethnographic research in social work practice to explore moments of resistance to marketization and neo-liberalism University of Bucharest, Romania. 07/11/2019.
  • Hill DJ (2018) Making Time: Exploring the art of a 'radical' and 'relationship based' social work approach. University of Essex 19/04/2018.
  • Hill DJ (2015) Putting People First: Developing Best Cultures for Practice 18/06/2015.

Lectures (2)

  • Hill DJ (2014) Developing a critical perspective within your street work research: from micro observations to macro social forces - ethnography in action
  • Hill D (2013) Working with substance use: harm reduction intervention in a street work context.

Other (3)

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