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Professor Karen Broadhurst

Professor of Social Work

Karen Broadhurst

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594126

PhD supervision

Research Interests


My research interests are in family justice, in particular, the impact of justice sytems on family life. Recent work has focused on women in the family courts, the intersection of social science and legal knowledge in family court decision-making and alternatives to adversarial justice.


In 2016, I established the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research which is hosted by the Departments of Sociology and Law, in collaboration with the Data Science Institute. 


Current Projects

I am leading a group of academic, policy and practice colleagues in the design of a new family justice observatory for England and Wales, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Open access reports are available via the following link:


With colleagues in Australia and the US, I am collaborating in the SIB (State Intervention with Babies) project funded by the Australian Research Council. 


Recently completed projects and publications

Project articles and reports are available from the Nuffield Foundation study of birth mothers and recurrent care proceedings: 



PhD Supervision

I have extensive experience of doctoral research and currently supervise a cohort of students funded by the ESRC. I welcome applications from students interested in pursuing studies broadly relating to state support for families, child protection, the family courts, therapeutic court models; children and young people in and leaving care.

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