Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Louise Brown


Director of Impact
Reader of Social Work

3 East 3.41
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5284

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on relevant research topics.

Current opportunities


Professional appointments

  • Trustee SCIE (Social Care Institute of Excellence), 2010-2013
  • NICE Social Care Fellow, 2011-2014

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • IASSW (International Schools of Social Work)
  • EASSW (European Schools of Social Work)
  • SPA (Social Policy Association)


  • Ph.D The Diffusion of Innovations in Social Work, University of Bath, 2005
  • Msc Social Policy Analysis, University of Bath, 1993
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), University of Bath, 1988
  • Bsc (Hons) Sociology and Social Work, University of Bath, 1988

Research interests

  • Examining the role that innovation can play in changing practice and improving performance
  • Evaluating developments in social work services and exploring experimental methods to promote evidence-based practice
  • New developments in Children’s services, particularly in the field of child protection



Brown, L., Osborne, S. P. and Walker, R. M., eds., 2016. Innovation in Public Services: Theoretical, Managerial and International Perspectives. Routledge.

Osborne, S. P. and Brown, L., eds., 2013. The Handbook of Innovation in Public Services. Edward Elgar.

Brown, L., Brophy, J., Bates, P., Cohen, S. and Radcliffe, R., 2001. Expert Evidence in Child Protection Litigation: Where Do We Go From Here? 'The Children Act Now: Messages from Research. The Stationary Office.


Brown, L., Lei, J. and Strydom, M., 2017. Comparing International Approaches to Safeguarding Children:Global Lesson Learning. Child Abuse Review, 26 (4), pp. 247-251.

Brown, L. and Walter, T., 2014. Towards a social model of end of life care. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (8), pp. 2375-2390.

Brown, L., 2013. A lasting legacy? Sustaining innovation in a social work context. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (1), pp. 138-152.

Brown, L. and Osborne, S. P., 2013. Risk and innovation: towards a framework for risk governance in public services. Public Management Review, 15 (2), pp. 186-208.

Osbourne, S. P. and Brown, L., 2011. Innovation, public policy and public services delivery in the UK. The word that would be king? Public Administration, 89 (4), pp. 1335-1350.

Osborne, S. P. and Brown, L., 2011. Innovation in public services: engaging with risk. Public Money and Management, 31 (1), pp. 4-6.

Brown, L., 2010. Balancing risk and innovation to improve social work practice. British Journal of Social Work, 40 (4), pp. 1211-1228.

Brown, L., 2007. The Adoption and Implementation of a Service Innovation in a Social Work Setting - a Case Study of Family Group Conferencing in the UK. Social Policy and Society, 6 (3), pp. 321-332.

Brown, L. and Cullis, J., 2006. 'Team Production' and Policy for the Care of Older People: Problems with Theory and Evidence. Policy Studies, 27 (1), pp. 55-69.

Milner, P., Mistral, W., Brown, L. and Weeden, J., 2004. Academic Public Health Research and Development in England, 2000-01: Capacity, Capability and Concerns. Critical Public Health, 14 (3), pp. 251-260.

Brown, L., 2003. Mainstream or margin? The current use of family group conferences in child welfare practice in the UK. Child and Family Social Work, 8 (4), pp. 331-340.

Brown, L., Tucker, C. and Domokos, T., 2003. Evaluating the impact of integrated health and social care teams on older people living in the community. Health & Social Care in the Community, 11, p. 85.

Carmichael, A. and Brown, L., 2002. The Future Challenge for Direct Payments. Disability & Society, 17 (7), pp. 797-808.

Conference or Workshop Items

Brown, L., 2010. Managing risk and innovation in a social work context. In: 'New Partnerships on the Horizon' Governing Uncertainty, Accountability and Public Participation, 2010-02-09.

Brown, L., 2009. The challenges found in implementing and evaluating innovation in the public sector. In: SPA Conference - Policy Futures: Learning from the Past, 2009-06-29 - 2009-07-01.

Brown, L., 2009. Using Innovation to improve practice: the challenges facing policymakers, practitioners and researchers. In: Informing Public Policy: New Agendas for Social Research. NatCen Conference, 2009-04-23 - 2009-04-24.

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