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Professor Louise Brown PhD Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Associate Dean (International)

Louise Brown oversees strategies for international student recruitment, experience and curriculum.


Louise Brown was appointed Associate Dean (International) for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences in February 2020.

Louise is Professor of International Social Work & Innovation in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Her research interests focus upon supporting the scaling up, adaptation and implementation of innovative interventions in social care as they transfer between countries.


  • Social Innovation and the diffusion of innovation theory
  • International social work
  • child protection

This person is available to supervise research degree projects


View a list of books and publications by Louise Brown


Louise is a qualified social worker and has a background in child protection practice. She worked for a number of local authorities and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) before moving into academia where she had an interest in evidence-based practice. Louise worked at the Thomas Coram Research Centre at the University of London before moving to Bath.

Louise took up a post as Director of the newly created research centre Wiltshire Social Services Research & Development Partnership (WISSP) at the University of Bath in 1996. WISSP forged a partnership between the University and Wiltshire County Council which undertook a wide range of service evaluations in collaboration with the Council.

In 2003 Louise moved into an academic post as Lecturer in Social Work in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, obtaining her PhD in 2005.


Louise gained the Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and a BSc Social Work & Sociology from the University of Bath in 1988. In 1992 she returned to the University, gaining an MSc in Social Policy Analysis in 1993. In 2005 Louise completed her doctoral studies at Bath. She was awarded a personal chair at the University in 2019.