Dr Robert Hagan

Title: Lecturer in Social Work
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734383
Email: r.j.hagan@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBA0.020
Contacting me: Email

Before commencing my post as a lecturer in social work at Keele in January 2017, I taught on the same subject in Ulster University.  Core areas of teaching included values and ethics, anti-discriminatory practice and methods of intervention.  My doctoral thesis, which I completed in 2015, focused on older people, loneliness and the impact of short-term ‘reablement’ programmes.  Prior to this, I was a social worker in the Looked After Children Team, though also have social work experience in respite care services for children with disabilities.  

My interest in social work was sparked by a diverse career in a number of community and voluntary organisations.  Before studying for Social Work at Ulster, I was a drugs programme development officer within a grassroots community health project in an area of multiple deprivation in Derry.  Here I delivered group programmes on drug awareness to children, young people and parents.   I have also worked for a social housing association, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Simon Community in varying administrative roles.  I have volunteered with a number of youth and community based organisations over the years, including Childline. 

I am currently a member of the British Society of Gerontology, having served on the BSG Northern Ireland committee.  I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am currently undertaking two mixed methods community based investigations into loneliness interventions in Northern Ireland.  One examines the impact of a community transport initiative, the other a user led dementia group.  I am also exploring the issue of older kinship carers, which broadens my doctoral research interest with my practice.  I retain interest in substance misuse and hope to develop research projects in this area in the future.

Hagan, R., Manktelow, R., Taylor, B.J. and Mallett, J., 2014. Reducing loneliness amongst older people: a systematic search and narrative review. Aging & mental health, 18: 6, 683-693.