Dr Joe Duffy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Dr Joe Duffy

Dr Joe Duffy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Queen’s University where my research concentrates on the involvement of service users/social work clients to help social work students understand difficult topics such as the impact of political conflict and trauma.

In addition, as a recipient of an All Disciplines US-UK Fulbright Scholar 2018-19, my research has concentrated on introducing service user involvement to the social work curriculum in the United States, working with New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and Belmont University’s Social Work Department, Nashville, Tennessee as pilot sites. In New York University, my research specifically focused on working with survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in:

  • Service user involvement and co-production

  • Social work and political conflict

  • Trauma perspectives, social work and political conflict

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Public outreach & key achievements

My pedagogic research and teaching have been recognised by the following Awards:

United Kingdom National Teaching Fellowship Award (NTF), Higher Education Academy (HEA) (October, 2014). https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/person/joe-duffy 

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

Queen’s University Teaching Award (July, 2013)

Queen's University Teaching Award (June, 2017)

US-UK Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar Award (2018-19) (The first Fulbright awarded to Social Work in this Program since 1967) http://www.fulbright.org.uk/about-us/meet-our-fulbrighters/2018-19-us-uk-fulbright-award-grantees/2018-19-british-scholar-award-grantees 

Research students

PhD area What knowledge do social workers use to inform their decision regarding permanency for Looked after Children? 
Name Paul McCafferty 
Years of study 2016-2019 
Country Northern Ireland 



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