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Ms Louise Hardwick MSW, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


    Research Interests

    My current research activities relate to a number of community collaborations: I am Chair of the charity Interchange which acts as a broker between students doing undergraduate dissertation projects and non-profit community organisations seeking research. Out of these collaborations issues situated knowledge whereby students are the key actors in knowledge production that is of benefit to the local community. Associated to this community-based learning pedagogy, I am is working with Lancashire County Council on a Knowledge Exchange Project which facilitates social workers doing action research related to their practice experience and of benefit to services users in Lancashire. Also, in partnership with the School of Health and Life Sciences, I’m involved in an evaluation of the need for advocacy services for groups and individuals, who need a voice and representation in our changing welfare context.

    Research Group Membership

    Research Grants

    Research Methods and Knowledge Exchange: Developing applied research skills through collaboration in extra-academic contexts


    January 2013 - July 2013

    Research Collaborations

    Par Damms

    External: The University of Central Lancashire

    Practitioner action research

    Division of Primary Care


    Named consultant on a collaboration exploring multi-professionall team working and the primary socialcare interface in long-term conditions

    Application for registration as providers of knowledge reviews for SCIE


    A proposal has been submitted with Jason Powell, and the two university-based organisations of FOCUS and MOWL. if sucessful this will register us as researchers with the Soical Care Institue of Excellent