Dr. Rachel Robbins

Guild Senior Research Fellow

School of Social Work, Care and Community

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Subject Areas: Social Work and Social Care

Rachel Robbins researches in the areas of domestic violence, adult social care and social justice. In particular she has an interest in feminist theory and intersectionality. Rachel is research active in the area of social work and social policy and is a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm. Prior to entering the academy, Rachel worked in a range of social work and social policy settings.

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Rachel’s main area of research is domestic abuse and adult social care, but is interested in many aspects of inequality and welfare (in particular, UK social policy in relation to social work; feminist research, practices and activism; intersections of race, gender, class and disability; services for people with disabilities). She has supervised to completion PhD students looking at classism with the UK media and gender and addiction in India. Rachel is a regular reviewer for British Journal of Social Work, Social Work Education and Community, Work and Family. She is also a blogger on issues of social justice at: https://socialpolicyandthedorisdayfan.wordpress.com/


PhD Social Policy, Manchester Metropolitan University 2013
MA Womens Studies, University of York, 1996
BA Drama, University of Manchester 1990

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Robbins, R. (2016) ‘Where else would we go?” The Report of Springboard Evaluation and Forward Planning Project 2016’. Connect Centre, University of Central Lancashire.

Mbarushimana, J. P. and Robbins, R. (2015) “We have to work harder”: The Challenge of BME Social workers in a multi-cultural society Practice 27 (2): 135 - 152

Robbins, R. (2015) “Domestic Violence” in Foster, L., Bruton, A., Deeming , C. and Haux, T. (Eds) In Defence of Welfare II Bristol: Social Policy Association/Policy Press

Robbins, R., McLaughlin, H., Banks, C., Bellamy, C. & Thackray, D. (2014) "Domestic violence and multiagency risk assessment conferences (MARACs): a scoping review", The Journal of Adult Protection, 16 (6): 389 – 398

Robbins, R. (2014) “She knew what was coming”: Knowledge and Domestic Violence in Social Work Education Social Work Education DOI:10.1080/02615479.2014.898748



Rachel is a member of Social Policy Association, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association, Social Work Action Network.