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- Robert Hagan
Dr Robert Hagan
|Title:||Lecturer in Social Work|
|Phone:||+44 (0) 1782 734383|
I have been a social work lecturer since September 2014 and at Keele since January 2017. Prior to becoming an academic, I worked both in statutory social work services and in various third sector posts for almost 15 years. As a statutory social worker, I have worked in both looked after children services and in respite services for children with disabilities. Within the voluntary and community sector, I led a community based drugs programme within a healthy living centre in Derry, Northern Ireland. I have also worked in social housing and homelessness and for the Citizens Advice Bureau. I have extensive volunteer experience as a youth worker in various settings and have been a phone advisor for Childline. I also have experience of working with community organisations who provide services for older people.
I am currently a member of the British Society of Gerontology, having served on the BSG Northern Ireland committee. I am a 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.