Dr Martin Partridge

Senior Lecturer in Social Care

Email address: m.partridge@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323322 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Community and Society Areas of expertise: Chinese People outside of China/ Ethnographic and World Cafe Research/ Learning Disability and Disabilty Studies


My focus is on transcultural groups, health & social care and policy development. I am particularly interested in Chinese people outside of China, Chinese culture, social care, social work, cultural competence, dual-heritage and identity, disability, learning disability, diversity and social policy. I have used a variety of mixed and qualitative research methods such as ethnography, participant observations, interviews, focus groups and World Café, in gaining an understanding of participant’s experiences.

I am currently writing with other authors in the field of ethics, culture and the experiences of researchers as insider/outsider when working with Chinese participants in England.  From my research recommendations, I am also currently working in partnership with local Chinese community welfare organisations in developing an accessible, multi-lingual website. This website will act as a hub of information on welfare and social care issues for Chinese people in England who have little or no access to services.

Research interests

  • China (Chinese people, culture)
  • Dual-heritage and identity
  • Cultural studies

Recent Primary Research Projects

Chinese Voices of Social Care, Factors that contribute to levels of satisfaction with social care amongst people from Chinese backgrounds, NIHR SSCR.

Including people with learning difficulties from Chinese backgrounds: An ethnography of three services.

A Service for Chinese Adults with Learning Difficulties? Attitudes and experiences towards the access, design and delivery of learning difficulty services in Birmingham.

A comparative study of Chinese and English attitudes towards people with learning disabilities. 


PhD Research Candidates

Niu, Y. The meaning and experiences of spirituality and spiritual care among people from Chinese backgrounds in four regions in England: A grounded theory investigation.

Jackman, V. The Institutional world of Intellectual Disability: An Ethnographic exploration of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities living within disability services in Ireland.


Membership of professional bodies

Editorial Board member for The Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care

Fellow of HEA


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher & Professional Education         
  • PhD, University of Bristol
  • MA Social Research (Social Policy), University of Birmingham
  • Postgraduate Diploma Disability Studies, University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Birmingham




Irvine, F., Wah Yeung, E. Y., Partridge, M., Simcock, P. (Submitted) The impact of personalisation on people from Chinese backgrounds: Qualitative accounts of social care experience. Health & Social Care in the Community.   

In Press

Wah Yeung, E. Y., Partridge, M. and Irvine, F. (in press), Satisfaction with social care: the experiences of people from Chinese backgrounds with physical disabilities. Health & Social Care in the Community. 


Partridge, M. (2014) Including people with learning difficulties from Chinese backgrounds: an ethnography of three services. Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care. 1 (1).

Partridge, M (2014) Evaluation Café - A review of literature concerning World Cafe methodology used as an evaluative tool in education. Innovation Practice in Higher Education. 2 (2). 


Partridge, M. (2013) Including people with learning difficulties from Chinese backgrounds: an ethnography of three services, PhD Thesis, University of Bristol.


Partridge, M. (2012) People with learning disabilities from a Chinese background who live in the United Kingdom: a case study. In Reaching Out to people with learning disabilities and their families from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.


Partridge, M. (2009) A Service for Chinese Adults with Learning Difficulties? Report. Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham. 2009.

Partridge, M. (2009) Supporting the Chinese Community. Newsletter of the National Learning Disability and Ethnicity Network, 89.

Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board (2009) Safeguarding Adults: Policy, Procedure and Good Practice Guide. Birmingham.


Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board (2008) Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Multiagency Document. Birmingham


Conference Presentations

International Invited Presentations

Partridge, M. (2014) Chinese Voices of Social Care. Hong Kong University, August 2014.


International Presentations

Partridge, M. (2015) Chinese people with intellectual disabilities. The 12th Annual Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Network, Singapore, July 2015.

Partridge, M. (2014) Unheard Voices: World Café Research Method Engages Disabled People from Chinese Backgrounds in England. The Ninth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vancouver, Canada, June 2014.

Partridge, M. (2009) Chinese Adults with Learning Difficulties in Britain. The 10th Nordic Network on Disability Research conference, Nyborg, Denmark, April 2009.


National Presentations

Partridge, M. (2014) Including people with learning difficulties from Chinese backgrounds. Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster University, September 2014.

Partridge, M (2014) Satisfaction of Social Care. Inspiring Success Conference, Staffordshire University, June 2014.

Partridge, M. (2010) Chinese Adults with Learning Disabilities: An ethnographic study of inclusion, identity and the future of welfare services in England. 2nd East Asian Studies (BRIDGE) Conference, Bristol, July 2010.

Partridge, M. (2010) Ethics, Ethnography and Culture: Ethical Safeguard or Cultural Imperialism? Ethics seminar: Ethnography, Vulnerable Participants and Genetic research, Bristol, May 2010.

Previous professional experience

2015-present: Lecturer in Social Care, University of Wolverhampton

2013-2015:  Lecturer inSocial Work & Social Care, Staffordshire University

2012-2013:  Research Officer & Fellow of the NIHR SSCR

2009-2012: Policy and Procedure Writer, David Gell Consultancy

2007-2009: Policy and Procedure Writer, Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board

2003-2007: Senior Social Work Assistant (Older Adults, Learning Difficulties and Physical Disability teams, Birmingham Adults and Communities)

2001-2002: Employment Officer (Learning disability), Warwickshire Social Services

2000-2001: Project Manager, Mencap and Thrive

1990 – 2000: Day Centre Officer, Solihull Social Services

Further information

  • Steering group adviser: Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities, University of Birmingham
  • Founder and Chair of the Chinese Social Care Website
  • Research Cluster Coordinator – Transcultural Groups and Wellbeing
  • Member of the UK Association for Chinese Mental Health
  • Member of the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding
  • Member of the East Asian Social Policy Network  
  • Student Academic Partnership (Chinese Voices of Social Care: Dissemination of project findings) prize for best collaborative project (Students Union, Staffordshire University).