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Professor Karen Broadhurst

Professor of Social Work

Karen Broadhurst

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594126

PhD supervision

Professional Role


My research interests are in child and family justice. I have a particular interest in the formal operation of the family courts and related institutions, their impact on family life, as well as alternative problem solving approaches to justice.

Recent work has focused on women in the family courts, the intersection of social science and legal knowledge in family court decision-making as well as methods of therepeutic jurisprudence.

I am currently Director of the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research and Society Lead for the Data Science Institute at the University.


I am also appointed to lead the set-up of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory.

You can read more about the new Observatory via the following link: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/towards-family-justice-observatory


Current Research Projects


With colleagues at UCL, the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research is pursuing novel linkages of family court and health data to understand the health needs of women in public law proceedings

With colleagues at UEA, the Centre is examining the pattern of fathers appearances in public law proceedings, the wellbeing of fathers and family relationships

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


Read about research at the Centre for Child and Family Justice at:




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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