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School of Health and Society

Dr Ian Cummins

Senior Lecturer in Social Work


I qualified as a probation officer and also subsequently as a mental health social worker and ASW. The broad themes in my research - policing and mental health, poverty, race and mental health, the failure of community care policies and the impact of manageralism can be traced back to that period. In the area of social theory, I am influenced by the work of Scull, Foucault Bourdieu and Wacquant. I am seeking to apply the insights from Simon's Governing through Crime to the development of mental health services.


I teach across a range of modules that reflect my research interests and social work experience

Teaching interests

  • Mental health
  • CJS
  • Social Theory

Research Interests

My main research interests are in mental health issues in the CJS. I am currently working on a history of the policy of community care. I have completed a recent book examining social work, poverty and neo-liberalism.

Qualifications and Memberships

HCPC - Registered Social Worker SW22294


Cummins, ID 2016, 'Wacquant, urban marginality, territorial stigmatization and social work' , Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28 (2) , pp. 75-83.

Cummins,I.D (2016) Mental Health and the CJS : A Social Work Perspecitve Critical Publishing

Cummins,I.D (2017) Critical Psychiatry: A Biography Critical Publishing

Cummins,I.D (2018) Poverty, Inequality and Social Work Policy Press

Cummins,I.D (2018) Mental Health Social Work Reimagined Policy Press

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