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    Dr Lorraine Green


    Lorraine studied for a degree in Social Policy/Administration at the University of Cardiff in the 1980s because of her interest in social justice and equality. Then, after working in social care with adults and children with learning disabilities in Wales for two years within a city wide innovative ‘normalisation’ project (1984-1986), she undertook a professional qualification and a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Birmingham (1986-1988). Following this she worked for approximately four years in child protection and mental health social work in Salford.

    In 1993/4 Lorraine changed career trajectory to research and higher education and worked as a research assistant on a large-scale health care evaluation project based at Southbank University. In 1994 she was offered a funded research studentship at Huddersfield University and undertook a sociology PhD which explored and analysed the sexuality, sexual abuse and exploitation issues which affected ‘looked after’ children living in residential care settings. Between 1998 and 2000 she worked as a research fellow in the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies within Huddersfield University, managing, coordinating and evaluating a European research project assessing the balance between legal intervention and therapeutic support for sexually abused children in three European countries.

    In the early 2000s (2000-2003) Lorraine worked as lecturer/senior lecturer in Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University. From 2003 to 2013 she was a lecturer in social work at the University of Manchester and between 2013 and 2016 she was employed as an assistant professor in Social Work at the University of Nottingham. In 2017 she took up a post as senior lecturer in social sciences here at Edge Hill University, returning to her sociological and social policy roots.

    Lorraine is therefore a very experienced cross-disciplinary academic, having been in higher education for well over twenty years and having taught, researched and published on many different topics over this time. Her key research interests are sociology of age and the life course, sociology of the body, and the sociology of childhood, in particular children in difficult circumstances, ‘looked after’ children and gender, sexuality, sexual abuse and children. Lorraine also acted as an expert academic witness on a Dutch governmental committee in 2013 which was charged with investigating the sexual abuse of children in residential care in Netherlands between 1945 and 2010. Lorraine has done much undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in sociology, social policy and social work. She is an enthusiastic, imaginative and diligent lecturer, committed to supporting her students reach their full potential. Furthermore, she has acted as an external assessor and validator on MA programmes in other universities. She has also internally and externally examined and supervised a number of successful sociology and social work PhD students. She would welcome discussions with potential PhD applicants who feel they could benefit from her supervision and she is skilled in qualitative research, particularly sensitive topic research.


    • 1994-1998 Huddersfield University (PhD, Sociology) (1998)
    • 1986-1988 University of Birmingham (MSoc Sc, CQSW (Social Work)) (1987, 1988)
    • 1992 St Giles College, Brighton (RSA Cert TEFLA) (1992)
    • 1981 – 1984 – University of Cardiff (BSc (econ) (hons) Social Administration) (1984)


    • Introduction to Cultural Studies
    • Political Sociology 
    • Thinking Sociologically
    • Broken Britain
    • Work Based Learning and Employability 
    • Cultural Analysis in a Global World 
    • Introduction to Social Policy and Social Welfare
    • Social Work with Children, Young People and Families 
    • Children and Young People in Society 
    • Children and Sexuality
    •  Sociology of the Body and Emotions
    • Dissertation


    Lorraine has conducted empirical research and written in a number of areas both as a sole researcher and with academics and practitioners from other disciplines and other universities and organisations. This has included research and publications on residential child care, child/adolescent sexuality and sexual abuse, resilience and deaf children, touch in social work and social care, social work intervention techniques, sexuality and bereavement, domestic violence, applied social theory and social policy, sociology and psychology of the life course, professional ethics, status and power, evaluative organisational research and organisations, sexuality and gender. She has also acted as a journal article and book reviewer for various social science journals and has reviewed sociology and social work book proposals and completed book drafts for a number of key publishers.


    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    Green, L. and Moran, L. (in press 2022) Linking ‘Parental’ Wellbeing with the Wellbeing of Care-Experienced University Students: Analysing Relevance and Interconnections through the Lens of ‘Lived Lives, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies

    Moran L. Green L. and Warwick L. (2022) Exploring Ethical Dimensions Associated with ‘Pushing for PINs’ and Probing: A Critical Commentary on Key Features of the Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) with ‘Vulnerable’ and Other Populations. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. January 2022. doi:10.1177/16094069221085791

    Green, L., Warwick, L. and Moran, L. (2021) Silencing Touch and Touching Silence? Understanding the Complex Links between Touch and Silence in Residential Child Care Settings, Childhood, 28(2):245-261. doi:10.1177/09075682211000111

    Moran, L. Green, L., and Warren, S. (2021) Reconceptualising Internationalisation Through Students’ Eyes: Findings from a Biographical Study of Female, International Doctoral Students in an Irish University, Irish Journal of Sociology, 2021;29(2):187-214. doi:10.1177/0791603521997249 

    Green, L. (2021). Investigating the Sense of Smell and Its Relevance to Embodied Social Work Practice: Exploring the Literature, Australian Social Work, 74:2, 222-234, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2020.1847306 

    Green, L. and Moran, L. (2021). Covid-19, Social Distancing and the’ Scientisation’ of Touch: Exploring the Changing Social and Emotional Contexts of Touch and Their Implications for Social Work. Qualitative Social Work, 20(1-2):171-178. doi:10.1177/1473325020973321 

    Moran, L. and Green, L. (2021). Social Distancing as ‘Scientization’: UK and Irish Policy Responses to Covid-19, Emotions and Touch, Irish Journal of Sociology, 29(1):124-128. doi:10.1177/0791603520941455 

    Green, L. Moran, L. and Vania, N. (2020) Medical and Social Constructionist Perspectives on Obesity and Their Relevance for Social Work: Contradictory Explanations for Ever Expanding Nations?, The British Journal of Social Work, 50 (4), : 1049–1068, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz075 

    Green, L. (2020). Health at Work: Critical Perspectives, 1st edn, Leah Tomkins and Katrina Pritchard. The British Journal of Social Work, 50(6), 1930-1932 

    Green,  L. Moran, L. and Vania, N. (2019) Medical and Social Constructionist Perspectives on Obesity and Their Relevance for Social Work: Contradictory Explanations for Ever Expanding Nations?, The British Journal of Social Work, (advance access 1-20) , bcz075, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz075

    Green, L. (2017) ‘The Trouble with Touch? New Insights and Observations on Touch for Social Work and Social Care’, British Journal of Social Work, 47(3): 773-792

    Bond, C., Woods, K., Humphrey, N., Symes, W. and Green, L. (2013) ‘The Effectiveness of SFBT with Children and Families: A Systematic and Critical Evaluation of the Literature from 1990-2010’, The Journal of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry, 54(7): 707-723

    Green, L. and Grant, V. (2008) ‘‘Gagged Grief and Beleaguered Bereavements?’ An Analysis of Multidisciplinary Theory and Research Relating to Same Sex Partnership Bereavement’, Sexualities, 11(3): 275-300

    Young, A., Green, L. and Rogers, K. (2008) ‘Resilience and Deaf Children: A Literature Review’, Deafness and Education International, 10(1): 40-55

    Taylor, J. and Green L. (2008) ‘Children, Health and Gender: Recognition in Nursing Research? Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17, 3226-3237.

    Barnes, H., Green, L. and Hopton, J. (2007) ‘Guest Editorial: Social Work Theory, Research, Policy and Practice – Challenges and opportunities in health and social care integration in the UK’, Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(3): 191-194

    Green, L. (2006) ‘Pariah Profession, Debased Discipline: An Analysis of Social Work’s Low Academic Status and the Possibilities for Change’, Social Work Education, 25(3): 245-264

    Green, L. (2006) ‘An Unhealthy Neglect? Examining the Relationship between Child Health and Gender in Research and Policy’, Critical Social Policy, 26(2): 450-466

    Green, L. (2006 ‘An Overwhelming Sense of Injustice? An Exploration of Child Sexual Abuse In Relation to the Concept of Justice’, Critical Social Policy, 26(1):74-100

    Green, L. (2005) ‘Theorising Sexuality, Sexual Abuse and Residential Children’s Homes: Adding Gender to the Equation’, British Journal of Social Work, 35 (4): 453-481

    King, N; Butt, T. and Green, L. (2003) ‘Spanking -The Sexual Story’ (special edition on the corporal punishment of children), The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 11 (2): 199-217

    Green, L. and Masson, H. (2002) ‘Peer Sexual Abuse in Residential Care: Issues of Risk and Vulnerability’, British Journal of Social Work, 32 (2): 149-168

    Green, L. (2002) ‘Book Review: Young Children’s Rights: Exploring Beliefs, Principles and Practice, by P. Alderson, Jessica Kingsley, London, Child Abuse Review, 11(2): 129-131

    Green, L; Butt, T. and King, N. (2002) ‘Taking the Chaste out of Chastisement: An Analysis of the Sexual Implications of the Corporal Punishment of Children’, Childhood-A Global Journal, 9 (2):205-224

    Green, L. (2001) ‘Analysing Adult/Child Sexual Abuse in Residential Care: Characteristics, Dynamics and Contributory Factors’, Journal of Sexual Aggression, 7 (1):5-24

    Lorraine Green, Karen Buckley and Paul Head (2000) ‘Reviews’, Journal of Sexual Aggression, 5(2): 153-159

    Parkin, W. and Green, L. (1997) ‘Cultures of Abuse Within Residential Childcare’ Journal of Early Child Development and Care, July, 1997, 133 :73 – 92


    Green, L. (2017) Understanding the Life Course: Sociological and Psychological Perspectives, 2nd edition, Cambridge: Polity

    Green, L. and Clarke, K. (2016) Social Policy for Social Work: Locating Social work within its Wider Context, Cambridge: Polity

    Carey, M. and Green, L. (2013) (eds) Practical Social Work Ethics: Complex Dilemmas Within Applied Social Care, Farnham: Ashgate

    Green, L. (2010) Understanding the Life Course: Sociological and Psychological Perspectives, 1st edition, Cambridge: Polity

    Chapters in Edited Books

    Bellamy, C., Struthers, M. and Green, L. (in press) Not Ageing out of Violence? Older Mens’ Biographical Narratives of their Use of Violence and Abuse in Intimate Relationships. In H. Bow (ed) Older Offenders of Violence and Abuse, Bingley: Emerald Publishing

    Green, L. (2015) ‘Age and the Life Course: Continuity, Change and the Modern Mirage of Infinite Choice’ in M. Holborn (ed) Contemporary Sociology, Cambridge: Polity

    Green, L. and Featherstone, B. (2014) ‘Judith Butler, Power and Social Work’ in C. Cocker and T. Hafford-Letchfield (eds) Rethinking Anti Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive Theories for Social Work Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

    Carey, M. and Green, L. (2013) ‘Introduction’ in in M. Carey and L. Green (eds) Practical Social Work Ethics: Complex Dilemmas in Applied Social Care, Farnham: Ashgate

    Green, L. and Day, R. (2013) ‘To Touch or Not to Touch? Exploring the Dilemmas and Ambiguities Associated with Touch in Social Work and Social Care Settings’ in M. Carey and L. Green (eds) Practical Social Work Ethics: Complex Dilemmas in Applied Social Care, Aldershot, Ashgate

    Featherstone, B. and Green, L. (2013) ‘Butler’ in S. Webb and M. Gray (eds) Social Work: Theories and Methods (2nd edition) London: Sage

    Green, L. and Taylor, J. ( 2010) ‘An Exploratory Comparative Analysis of the Relationship between Child Health and Gender’ in B. Featherstone., C. A. Hooper., J. Scourfield and J. Taylor (eds) Gender and Child Welfare in Society, Chichester: Wiley

    Young, A., Rogers, K. and Green, L. (2010) ‘Critical Issues in the Application of Resilience Frameworks to the Experiences of Deaf Children and Young People’ in D. Zand (ed) Risk and Resilience: Adaptation in the Context of Being Deaf, New York: Springer

    Featherstone, B. and Green, L. (2008) ‘Butler’ in S. Webb and M. Gray (eds) Social Work: Theories and Methods, 1st edition London: Sage

    Green, L. (2004) ‘Gender’ in G. Taylor and S. Spencer (eds) Social Identity: Multidisciplinary Approaches, London: Taylor and Francis

    Green, L. (2002) ‘Gender’ in G. Taylor and S. Spencer (eds) Perspectives on Social Identity, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University Press

    Green, L. (2001) ‘Children, Sexual Abuse and the Child Protection System’ in P. Foley; J. Roche and S. Tucker (eds) Children in Society: Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave/Open University Press

    Hearn, J; Parkin, W. and Green, L. (2001) chapter 7 ‘Enclosure: Organizational Violations and Institutionalization’ in Hearn, J. and Parkin, W. (2001) Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Organizations: The Unspoken Forces of Organization Violation, London: Sage

    Green, L. (2000) ‘Young Women in Residential Childcare: Silenced Voice/Zero Choice’ in P. Cox, S. Kershaw and J. Trotter (eds) Child Sexual Assault and Feminisms, Basingstoke: Palgrave

    Green, L; Parkin, W. and Hearn, J. (2000) ‘Power’, in E. Wilson (eds) Organizational Behaviour Reassessed: The Impact of Gender, London: Sage

    Green, L. and Parkin, W. (1999) ‘Sexuality, Sexual Abuse and Children’s Homes: Oppression or Protection?’ in The Violence Against Children Study Group (eds.) Children, Child Abuse and Child Protection: Placing Children Centrally, Chichester: John Wiley

    Green, L. and Parkin, W. (1999) ‘Researching Sexuality In Residential Children’s Homes’ in G. Barlow (ed) Caring for the Individual in a Group Setting: Individual Work and Service Design in Residential Care (International Perspectives in Child Care), the Centre for Residential Childcare, University of Glasgow.

    Research Reports

    Woods, K., Bond, C; Humphrey, N. and Green, L. (2011) A Systematic Review of Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Children and Families – DfE Research Report – DfE – RR179, ISBN 978-1-78015-0142-2

    Hester, M., Williamson, E., Chantler, K., Green, L., Kelly, L. and Lovett, J. (2009) ‘Exploring the Service and Support Needs of Male, Lesbian, Gay, Black and Other Minority Ethnic Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence , Report Prepared for the Home Office SKG/06/017

    Young, A; Green, L. and Rogers, K. (2007) A Literature Review of Resilience and Deaf Children: Current Knowledge and Future Directions, copyright John Wiley and sons (Report Prepared for NDCS) www.ndcs.org.uk/professionalsupport/externalresearch/index.html

    Green, L. (1999) Getting the Balance Right: A Cross Comparative Analysis of the Balance Between Legal Intervention and Therapeutic Support Systems in Relation to Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in England, Belgium and the Netherlands, EU funded Daphne European research project [Huddersfield University]., project no 98/205

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