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Dr Maria Pentaraki

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr Maria Pentaraki

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr Pentaraki’s research is informed by critical social theory and/or the critical tradition of social work. It aims to unravel oppressive structures and promote social justice and social change. One of her research areas explores gender based violence (intimate partner violence, domestic violence etc.). Another area of her research is social work practice within the current socio-economic conditions of neoliberal capitalism. Her latest research explores the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on the university education of women students.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in:

  • Gender based violence/ domestic violence/ intimate partner violence

  • International social work

  • Impact of neoliberal capitalism on the social work profession

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Public outreach & key achievements

I have a diverse range of professional experience in a variety of settings, such as school, prison and community and with both adults and children/young people. I have worked with (ex) offenders, perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers, etc. I have worked both as a frontline practitioner and as a manager.

Additionally, I have held posts as the director of a gender studies unit, the director of community development and equal opportunities as well as the planning director of fighting social exclusion in various academic and other professional settings. In general, my academic and practice experience which ranges more than 25 years is underpinned by a strong commitment to social justice and social change as entailed in the global definition of social work.

Research students

PhD area Young people's attitudes toward domestic violence and the role of schools in prevention intervention 
Name Ms Stephanie Maguire
Years of study
Country NI  


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