John Pinkerton


Professor  John Pinkerton BSSc, MSSc, MSc, CQSW, PhD, AcSS     ([email protected])

John Pinkerton is Professor of Child and Family Social Work in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland ( A social science graduate and post graduate of Queen’s, he is also a professionally qualified social worker trained at the London School of Economics and registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

John has designed, taught, examined and provided leadership on a wide range of university social work programmes. His areas of research and publication are leaving care services, family support and the process of relating research to policy and practice development. Most recently he was Co-Investigator on a study of Transitions and Outcomes for Care Leavers with Mental Health and/or Intellectual Disabilities (2016). His most recent publication is the co-authored book ‘Understanding Family Support: Policy, Practice and Theory’ (2016).

John has advised government in both the North and South of Ireland. He is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and has been an Honorary Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, Visiting Fellow at Chapin Hall Children’s Centre Chicago, Visiting Senior Researcher at the Children’s Institute University of Cape Town and at present is a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He has served as Co-Editor of the British Journal of Social Work (2010 to 2015).

Keynote presentation title: Contradictions and the process of change: reflections from a divided Ireland