Professor Martin Davies was appointed to the University in 1975. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in Social Science in 1959, and was awarded a doctorate in 1971 at Bedford College in the University of London for a thesis on the situational context of criminal behaviour and offender supervision.

He came to UEA after a distinguished research career in the Home Office and at Manchester University where he taught criminology, research methods and research applications. He was the founding Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Work at UEA, and is the author of more than a hundred books and scholarly papers. His text, The Essential Social Worker, now in its third edition, was based on the UEA course on social work in society, which he taught for twenty years.

His most recent work has involved an exploration of the links between social work’s ‘knowledge foundations’ – policy, law, theory, research and practice. The project is continuing but has already resulted in two edited volumes (2012). 

Professor Davies was appointed Emeritus Professor at the University's Congregation in 2002.  

From 2002 to 2005, Martin Davies was employed as a research administrator with the Norwich NHS Primary Care Trust.  From 2003 to 2008, he served on the Norfolk and Waveney NHS Research Governance Committee with special responsibility for health and social care.  He is currently Chairman of Brundall Parish Council.


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