Dr. Ian Cummins

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Biography

Ian Cummins qualified as a probation officer and also subsequently as a mental health social worker and ASW. His research in the areas of policing and mental health, poverty, race and mental health, the failure of community care policies and the impact of managerialism can be traced back to that period. He has written extensively about mental health policy and broader social work issues related to inequality and poverty. He has appeared on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed and the BBC World Service to discuss his work. In another area of his work, Ian has explored the modern media's relationship with serial killing. Ian is a member of the Editorial Board and Associate Editor (Mental Health) for the Journal Adult Protection. His next book Welfare and Punishment: From Thatcherism to Austerity (Policy Press) will be published in early 2021.

Teaching

  • Social Policy
  • Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • The history of Mental Health Policy

Research Interests

  • Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Deinstitutionalisation
  • Community Care
  • Crime Media and Culture

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

  • PhD Policing Madness: A case study analysis of the management of mental illness in custody settings in England and Wales (University of Salford, 2016)
  • Post-graduate Certificate Education (UCLAN, 2004)
  • M.A. (Econ) Philosophy and Society (Manchester University, 2002)
  • Mental Health Social Work (Professional Award) (CCETSW, 1986)
  • Post-graduate C.Q.S.W (Liverpool University, 1986)
  • Post-graduate Diploma Applied Social Studies (Liverpool University,1986)
  • Post-graduate Diploma Social Administration (Victoria University of Manchester, 1984)
  • B.A. (Hons) Oriental Studies and Social and Political Sciences (Cambridge University, 1983)