Dr. Ian Cummins

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building, Room C510.


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Current positions

Senior Lecturer


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


  • Policing and mental health
  • Social policy
  • Mass Incarceration

Research Interests

  • The history of community care
  • Policing and mental health
  • Mass incarceration
  • True crime
  • Penal Policy
  • Poverty and welfare policy
  • The New Left

Qualifications and Memberships


  • 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)