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Dr Ian Robson

Associate Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Ian Robson

Dr Ian Robson is a methodological innovator who enables new knowledge and practice change in the fields of collaborative enquiry, social design, and inclusion of marginalised groups. Ian specialises in creating shared spaces of enquiry in which social research evidence, philosophy, social theory, and the visual arts can be applied to complex and dynamic situations, and lived experience. In this field, Ian has supported stakeholders as diverse as infants, service users, managers, policy and commissioning leads, and students to meaningfully engage in transformative enquiry and change social conditions. In higher education context, Ian has designed, led and quality assured a wide range of programmes and modules at all levels of study. With public sector partners, Ian’s sensitive and creative leadership of partnerships and facilitation of action-research has been recognised for improving outcomes for infants, children, young people, and residents. The same focus on creative innovation and enquiry runs through his publications for international audiences. Ian draws on his experience of arts-based community development, team and senior management in local authorities, teaching and learning in Higher Education and personal experience as a foster carer and adoptive parent of disabled children.  

Ian Robson

Campus Address

Manor House M003
Coach Lane Campus (West)
Coach Lane, Benton, Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Act Now: A vision for a better future and a new social contract, Johnson, M., Dorling, D., Driscoll, J., Hardill, I., Hobbs, C., Johnson, E., Lawson, N., Nadel, J., Nettle, D., Pickett, K., Polanski, Z., Pollock, A., Reed, H., Robson, I., Stark, G., Taylor-Robinson, D., Wilkinson, R. 1 Jul 2024
  • Supporting the Biomedical Science UG Project Research Journey Through Staff-Student Partnerships, Veuger, S., Cookson, L., Creighton, H., Gallaher, S., Racey, S., Ridley, M., Robson, I. 29 May 2024, In: British Journal of Biomedical Science
  • We need to demand more from policymakers and politicians, Johnson, M., Johnson, E., Robson, I., Hardill, I. 30 May 2024
  • Designing basic income pilots for community development: what are the key community concerns? Evidence from citizen engagement in Northern England, Howard, N., Gregory, G., Johnson, E., Goodman, C., Coates, J., Robson, I., Pickett, K., Johnson, M. 11 Oct 2023, In: Local Development and Society
  • Family Hubs and the vulnerable care ecologies of child and family welfare in austerity, Disney, T., Crossley, S., King, H., Phillips, J., Robson, I., Smith, R. 21 Jan 2023, In: The Geographical Journal
  • Treating Causes Not Symptoms: Basic Income as a Public Health Measure, Johnson, E., Reed, H., Nettle, D., Stark, G., Chrisp, J., Howard, N., Gregory, G., Goodman, C., Smith, M., Coates, J., Robson, I., Mujica, F., Pickett, K., Johnson, M. 10 Jul 2023
  • Learning through mess: Sensemaking visual communication practices in a UK multidisciplinary applied health study, Robson, I. 1 Aug 2022, In: Visual Communication
  • Teaching Public Administration with visual methods, Robson, I. 21 Jun 2022, Handbook of Teaching Public Administration, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Building student engagement through co-production and curriculum co-design in public administration programmes, Elliott, I., Robson, I., Dudau, A. 1 Oct 2021, In: Teaching Public Administration
  • Improving Sensemaking in Social Work: A worked example with Deleuze and Art, Robson, I. 1 Sep 2021, In: Qualitative Social Work

  • Donna Carlyle Walking in Rhythm with Deleuze and a Dog inside the Classroom: An Ethnographic Ensemble Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 28/09/2021
  • Julie Devon Realising the potential of place-based arts/health interventions. Start Date: 01/10/2022 End Date: 22/06/2023
  • John Cavener Sense-Making in Child Protection: Interpreting Social Workers' Reasoning Processes Through Applying Archer's Theory of Reflexivity Start Date: 04/05/2016 End Date: 03/01/2017

  • Nursing Related Studies PhD January 07 2016
  • Education PGCert July 01 2011
  • Urban Studies MSc May 20 2005
  • BSc (Hons) September 01 1999
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016


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