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Kieron Hatton

Dr Kieron Hatton PhD

Associate Lecturer

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Room no. RM125


Kieron is a registered social worker and has worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors before becoming an academic. During his academic career he worked predominantly at the University of Portsmouth as a principal lecturer. During this time Kieron was head/subject lead for social work for nine years and course lead for a number of programmes including the MSc Social Work and a Master's in European Social Work, as well as acting as module lead on a large number of units.

Kieron has extensive experience of research supervision, including supervising nine PhD students to completion. He has acted as an external examiner at a wide range of universities and guided the Portsmouth programmes through a range of curriculum development and validation events.

He is research active and is currently engaged in research around the impact of Covid-19 on social work students with colleagues in Solent. He has published extensively and regularly presented at national and international conferences around a diverse range of issues ranging from mental health to school excluded young people and social pedagogy.

Kieron is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy, Social Work Educational and the Journal of Sociological Thought, an online journal.

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Kieron is a registered social worker and has worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors, as well as in academia.
  2. Teaching experience

    Kieron has acted a head/subject lead, course leader and module leader on a large number of programmes.
  3. Research interests

    Kieron's research interests lie in the areas of contemporary social work, excluded young people, community development, international social work, mental health and recovery, and social pedagogy.
  4. Recent publications

    Follow the link below for a list of Kieron's recent publications.
    • Sole Author (2021) Social and Political Theory for Social Work: Using theory to improve Practice, London, Routledge (HB) ISBN 9781138650701 (PB) ISBN 9781138650718 EB) ISBN 9781315625171
    • Sole author: (2015) New Directions in Social Work Practice (2nd ed), London, Learning Matters/SAGE, ISBN 9780857258137
    • Sole Author: (2013) Social Pedagogy, Lyme Regis, Russell House Publishing, August, 2014 ISBN 978-1-905541-89-8
    • Sole Author: Book (2008) – New Directions in Social Work Practice, Exeter, Learning Matters, March, ISBN 978-1-8445-079-4
    • Aminuddin, F., Pallikadavath, S., Kamanda, A., Sukesi, K., Rosalinda, H. & Hatton, K., (2018) The social and economic impact of international female migration on left-behind parents in East Java, Indonesia In : Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. Final editor
    • Hogg, D Crossland J Hatton, K (2017) Insider or Outsider? The Salience of Researcher Identity in the Context of a Qualitative Study of Early Help for Families where There is Child Neglect, SAGE Methods Cases, Sociology submission PhD supervisor contributed to drafting and writing
    • Hatton, K (2016) A critical examination of the knowledge contribution service user and carer involvement brings to social work education, Social Work Education (published 28/11/16)
    • M Faishal Aminuddin, Saseendran Pallikadavath, Amie Kamanda, Keppi Sukesi, Henny Rosalinda, Kieron Hatton (2016) The social and economic impact of international female labour migration on left-behind parents in East Java, Indonesia: importance of marital status, IZA. Journal of Migration
    • Givati, A and Hatton, K (2015) Traditional Acupuncturists and higher education in Britain: The dual paradoxical impact of biomedical alignment on the holistic view, Social Science and Medicine, 131, pp 173 -180 jointly authored
    • Hatton,K (2012) Le travail communautaire au Royaume-Uni durant les annees 1970 -1980 souvenirs d'un temps revolu?, Vie Sociale, no 2pp 99 - 110, ISSN: 0042-5605
  5. Work in progress

    Follow the link below to see what Kieron is currently working on.

    Book chapter

    • Service user involvement in social work education – the experience of the University of Portsmouth in European Social Fund, Service user involvement in Social work education and research (ed) Lyssens-Dannebom, V (expected date of publication late 2020), Bristol, Policy Press

    Peer reviewed articles

    • Creativity and Social pedagogy: a conceptual framework, International Journal of Social Pedagogy, August 2020 – accepted subject to minor amendments
    • Hatton, K and Rees JT (2020) Service users/carers in social work education: a cross-national comparison, in preparation for submission to Social Work Education, September 2020
    • Hatton, K and Taylor, L (2020) Power, mental health and recovery: an auto-ethnographic exploration from a service user perspective, submission, September 2020 to British Journal of Social Work
    • Hatton, K, Gray, A and Brennan, C (2020) From anger and apathy to Voice and resilience: Promoting the reintegration of Excluded young people into mainstream education submission August 2020