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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


I have a passionate interest in family justice – both in a narrow sense regarding the operation of the family courts (nationally and internationally) and in a broad sense regarding families and social justice concerns. I am currently leading an inter-university and practice research team which is exploring the feasibility and design of a new national family justice observatory (England and Wales). This project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation:


I am currently serving as principal and co-investigator on two further  linked Nuffield Foundation funded projects (2014-2017) focused on public law proceedings (repeat clients and care proceedings; supervision orders and family reunification; special guardianship). Details of the recurrent care/birth mothers project are available at: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/vulnerable-birth-mothers-and-recurrent-care-proceedings. I am also involved in the design and evaluation of a novel pathway within the National Family Drug and Alcohol Court that aims to provide intensive support to women and their partners, who have previously lost children through court-order to public care and adoption. My work is widely published in a range of social science, social policy and law journals.


I am Co-Editor-in Chief of Qualitative Social Work with my colleague Karen Staller (University of Michigan):http://qsw.sagepub.com. I have extensive experience of doctoral research and welcome applications from students interested in pursuing studies broadly relating to state support for families, child protection, the family court, therapeutic court models; children and young people in and leaving care.

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