Dr Karen D. Roscoe is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Wolverhampton. Karen is published in a variety of academic journals including the British Journal of Social Work, Social Work Practice and Child and family social work. The majority of her work captures the narratives of service users who have encountered domestic violence in rural Wales, through to the use of social workers applying the concepts of reflective letters when working in Integrated Family Services drawing on new models for case work intervention. Karen is particularly interested in critical theory and sociology and her research draws on transdisciplinary methodologies utilising Critical Discourse Analysis to combine these ideas in creative ways in order to enhance innovative and productive theory formation.
Karen has mentored Consultant social workers in Wales to carry out research into new policy and practice areas such as the Intensive family support services (based on ‘Troubled Families’ initiatives). Karen is particularly interested in how practitioners mediate and make sense of their professional identities under policy initiatives and sanctions.
Recently the lead co-ordinator of the 5th International Sociology and Social Work: Narratives, Identity and Praxis (held in the UK), Karen is particularly interested in reigniting the sociological imagination in social work particularly in the context of analysing identity, discourse and organisational culture.
Karen’s specialist areas are Narrative and Critical Discourse Analysis methodologies Her curriculum areas are sociology, social policy, social work theory and methods, organisational theory and adult social work.