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Joe Duffy

Dr Joe Duffy


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Research Interests

My main research interests are in the areas of service user and carer involvement, social inclusion, social justice and the interface between social work and political conflict. My research publications, particularly in the field of user involvement, have informed social work education both nationally and internationally. I am committed to working in partnership with service users as peer researchers and several of my publications evidence this approach. I have established strong international research links with New York, Penn State, Alicante and Ljubljana Universities which have all culminated in completed and ongoing research outputs.

My approach to teaching reflects a commitment to transformative and progressive pedagogy. I am particularly interested in the contribution that service users and carers make to helping students understand the impact of political conflict.  An innovative aspect of my approach to education also involves partnerships with service user and carer groups in teaching challenging, pedagogical concepts to social work students.

My approach to teaching has also been recognised by the following Awards:

UK National Teaching Fellowship Award (NTF), Higher Education Academy (October, 2014).

Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Social Work Award (September, 2013)

Queen’s University Teaching Award (July, 2013)

Select Publications

Duffy, J., Basu, S., Davidson, G and Pearson, K. (2015) Review of Legislation and Policy Guidance relating to Adult Social Care in Northern Ireland. Belfast. Commisioner for Older People in Northern Ireland (COPNI).

Tanner, D., Littlechild, R., Duffy, J and Hayes, D. (in press) ‘Making it real’: evaluating the impact of service user and carer involvement in social work education. British Journal of Social Work.

Duffy, J., Davidson, G and Kavanagh, D. (2015) 'Applying the recovery approach to the interface between mental health and child protection services'. Child Care in Practice. DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2015.1064358.

Duffy, J (2006) Participating and Learning - Citizen Involvement in Social Work Education in a Northern Ireland Context. London. Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Campbell, J and Duffy, J (2008) Social work, political violence and citizenship in Northern Ireland. In Shulamit Ramon (Ed) Social Work in the Context of Political Conflict (IASSW/BASW). pp 57 – 76. Birmingham: Venture Press.

Duffy, J (2008) Looking Out from the Middle: User Involvement in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. London. Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Duffy, J (2009) Citizens as Social Work Educators in a Post-Conflict Society: Reflections from Northern Ireland. Revista Alternativas. Cuadernos de Trabajo Social (Alternatives. Notes on Social Work) No 16. Pp.53-63. Alicante. University of Alicante, Spain.

Agnew, A and Duffy, J (2010) Innovative Approaches to Involving Service Users in Palliative Care Social Work Education, Social Work Education - the International Journal, Vol, 29(7). pp. 744 -759.

Duffy, J (2011) Explicit Argumentation as a Supervisory Tool for Decision Making in Child Protection Cases Involving Human Rights Issues. Practice, Vol 23(1). pp 31-44 (Special Edition on Human Rights and Social Justice).

Duffy, J.,Basu, S and Pearson, K (2012)  Older people and legal advice – the need for joined up and creative approaches. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law , Vol. 34 (1): 31-47.

Duffy, J and Mc Keever, B (2012) Looking out from the middle: Influencing policy change through user involvement. In (eds) Marian Barnes and Phil Cotterell. Critical Perspectives on User Involvement. Abingdon: The Policy Press.

Duffy, J (2012) Service user involvement in teaching about conflict – an exploration of the issues. International Social Work (Special Edition on Social Work and Armed Conflict).Vol 55(5) pp. 720 - 739.

Duffy, J., Das, C. & Davidson, G (2012): Service User and Carer Involvement in Role-plays to Assess Readiness for Practice, Social Work Education - The International Journal. Vol 32(1). pp 39-55.

Duffy, J. and Hayes, D. (2012) Social Work Students Learn About Social Work Values from Service Users and Carers, Ethics and Social Welfare. Vol 6(4). pp 368-386.

Duffy, J.,Ramon, S.,Guru, S.,Cemlyn, S.,Lindsay, J and Nuttman-Shwartz, O (2013). Developing a social work curriculum on political conflict – Findings from an IASSW funded project. European Journal of Social Work. Vol. 16(5).pp. 689-707

International DVD

Duffy, J., Martinez-Roman, M.A and Zavirsek, D. (2013) International Messages on Service User and Carer Involvement. International Association of Schools of Social Work(IASSW).



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