Karen Roscoe

Karen Roscoe


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    Dr Karen D. Roscoe is a registered Social Worker in England and an Assistant Professor at Coventry University contributing to a variety of modules in UG and PG courses in Social Work. Karen is published in a variety of academic journals and international handbooks for social work. This includes the British Journal of Social Work, Social Work Practice, Child and Family Social Work, Social Science Review and Criminology. Karen is particularly interested in social policy/welfare initiatives and how these are implemented, constructed and circulated within occupational cultures as forms of knowledge and practice routines. 

    Karen has a history of working in partnership with Local Authorities and Voluntary services in undertaking service evaluations or to explore new initiatives in social work (such as Restorative Practice). This has resulted in publications keeping her practice in social work up to date. Her PhD, completed in 2014, focused upon how social workers operating in local authorities, mediated Adult policy initiatives such as 'person-centred' or Fair Access to Care. This research was later published in Critical and Radical Social Work in 2018 demonstrating the application of Critical Discourse Analysis to the accounts of practitioners. 


    Karen is particuarly interested in critical theory and sociology, and she is interested in transdiciplinary research drawing on critical theory and critical discourse analysis. This provides oppotunities to combine theories and ideas in creative ways to enhance theory formation. 

    Research Experience: Karen has worked with Local authorities exploring the implementation of new initiatives such as Restorative Practice in Children and Families social work.She has also conducted research studies with older women and vulnerable women subjected to experiences of domestic abuse.

    Research Interests

    Roscoe, K.D., and Pithouse, A. (2018). Discourse, Identity and Socialisation: a textual analysis of the ‘accounts’ of students social workers, Critical and Radical Social Work 6 (3), 345-362.

    Roscoe, K.D, Morgan, F. and Lavender, P. (2017) Ageing and learning ICT skills: implications for social care, Social Sciences Review, 19(2), 80-95.

    Dubberley, S., Madoc-Jones, I., Parry, O., Graham, K, and Roscoe, K.D. (2015) Wake-up call: Achieving compliance with Youth Justice Orders, Probation Journal, Vol. 62(1), 7–19  

    Roscoe, K. D. and Marlow, M. (2013) Case work in Social Work: The use of reflective letters in Motivational Interviewing, Journal of Social Work Practice, 27 (4), 423-440 

    Baker, S., Madoc Jones, I., Parry, O., Warren, E., Perry, K., Roscoe, K. D. and Mottershead, R. (2012) More sinned against than sinning? Perceptions about European migrants and crime, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13 (3), 262-278

    Madoc-Jones, I. and Roscoe, K. (2011) Independent Domestic Violence Advocates: Perceptions of Service Users, Journal of Diversity in Health and Care. 8(1), 9-17

    Roscoe, K.D., Carson, A. M. and Madoc-Jones, I. (2011) Narrative Social Work: Conversations between theory and practice, Journal of Social Work Practice, Vol 25 (1) pp. 47-61

    Madoc-Jones, I. and Roscoe, K. (2009) Women’s Safety Service within the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme: Perceptions of Service Users, Journal of Children and Families, Vol 15 (2) pp. 154-164

    Roscoe, K and Madoc-Jones, I (2009) Critical Social Work: A Narrative Approach, International Journal of Narrative Practice, Vol 1 (1) pp. 9-18

    Madoc-Jones,I.,Bates, J.,Facer, B and Roscoe, K (2007) Students with Criminal Convictions on Social Work Courses. British Journal of Social Work., Vol 37 (8) pp. 1387- 1403

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Social Work , Degree, Wrexham Glyndŵr University

    30 Sept 199930 Sept 2001

    Award Date: 7 Jul 2020

    Philosophy, Doctorate, Social Work Discourse: an exploratory study, University of Chester

    9 Sept 20099 Sept 2014

    Award Date: 14 Sept 2014

    Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Wrexham Glyndŵr University

    9 Sept 20059 Sept 2007

    Award Date: 9 Sept 2007


    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • critical theory
    • Social Justice
    • Inequality
    • Discourse Analysis
    • Social relations


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