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Dr. Alastair Roy

Professor of Social Research

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA104

+44 (0) 1772 89 5127

anroy@uclan.ac.uk

Alastair is Professor of Social Research and Co-Director of the Psychosocial Research Unit. With a professional background in youth and community work and social work, he has a particular interest in participation in arts, social care and social research and has undertaken research across the fields of social welfare, health and the cultural sector. His recent work has centred on the relationship between the socially engaged arts and wellbeing, and the role of cultural activity in citizenship. He has worked in a research capacity with three Creative People and Places Programmes in England. 

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Alastair is Professor of Social Research and Co-Director of the Psychosocial Research Unit. With a professional background in youth and community work and social work, he has a particular interest in participation in arts, social care and social research and has undertaken research across the fields of social welfare, health and the cultural sector. His recent work has centred on the relationship between the socially engaged arts and wellbeing, and the role of cultural activity in citizenship. He has worked in a research capacity with three Creative People and Places Programmes in England. 

Qualifications

  • PhD by Publication. UCLan 2012
  • BA(Hons) (First Class). Social Work and Community Studies, UCLan, 2000
  • CQYW, Manchester Polytechnic, 1993

Publications

Roy, Alastair Neil, Froggett, Lynn, Manley, Julian Y and Wainwright, John Peter (2018) Developing Collaborative & Social Arts Practice: The Heart of Glass Research Partnership 2014—2017. Technical Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Roy, Alastair Neil and Manley, Julian (2017) Recovery and Movement: Allegory and 'Journey' as a means of exploring recovery from substance misuse. Journal of Social Work Practice, 31 (2). pp. 191-204. ISSN 0265-0533

Manley, Julian and Roy, Alastair Neil (2017) The visual matrix: a psycho-social method for discovering unspoken complexities in social care practice. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 22 (2). pp. 132-153. ISSN 1088-0763

Roy, Alastair Neil (2016) Learning on the move: exploring work with vulnerable young men through the lens of movement. Applied Mobilities, 1 (2). pp. 207-218. ISSN 2380-0127

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Teaching Activities

Alastair currently teaches on the following modules:

  • MA Social Work – Psychosocial Studies, Critical Evidence and Research Based Practice, and Dissertation Module.
  • BA Care, Community and Citizenship – Race and Society, Drugs in Society and Youth Matters.
  • PG Cert Research in Social Care – Research Methods.
  • PG Cert Community Research – Principles, Methods and Processes of Community Research.
  • The PhD Research Methods Summer School – Mobile Methods, Visual Methods, Research Ethics, Narrative Methods, Psychosocial Approaches to Data Analysis.

Current PhD students

  • George Dake - Male sex workers in Manchester: everyday life, lived experience and marginalization.
  • Craig Diver - investigation into the factors that influence and inform the support offered by adoption agencies to adoptive parents.
  • Lynda Shentall - Silenced voices: the experiences of women living with HIV who are subject to domestic violence.