Ms Louise Sims

Post:Member (Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth)
Other posts:Research student (Social Work and Social Care)
Email:lms25@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

 

Biography

Louise Sims, MSW, MSC, is a PhD candidate finalising her social work doctorate in the School of Education and Social Work. Her work is an ESRC funded collaborative PhD with CORAM BAAF and explores matching practices in the UK. The aim of the study is to illuminate and consider the confluence of practices that are generated when the state brings strangers together to make a brand new family. Louise positions her work at the interface of practice and research and looks to make an impact in practice innovation and improvement in the field and to contribute to the wider academic community. Her PhD builds on theoretical work from social work and across disciplines including psychoanalysis, cultural studies, anthropology, maternal studies and feminist philosophy. She is particularly interested in exploring group analytic practices, the use of juxtaposition and sites where work and non-work practices ‘become entangled and embedded as well as differentiated’ (Thomson and Kehily, 2010, p.233). Louise has worked with academic and practitioner colleagues in Denmark and in the UK exploring the use of collaborative methods and transdisciplinary approaches to research with children and families. She attends the CORAM BAAF Research Advisory Group and is part of a working group developing ideas for supporting the research community in the UK. Louise qualified as a social worker in 2003 and has worked in fostering and adoption services throughout her career. She currently works as a Team Manager for the adoption charity PACT and as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Sussex. She has contributed to teaching on the BA Childhood and Youth,  the BA in Social Work and the Social Work MA. 

Qualifications

  • MSC Social Research (Sussex)
  • MSW Social Work (Sussex)
  • BA Politics (Sussex)

Teaching Areas 

  • Childhood & Family Studies
  • Psycho-social Research methods/Research design
  • Social Work Practice and Theory

Research Areas

  • Adoption and Permanence
  • Relationship-based practice
  • Psycho-social methods
  • Maternal Theory
  • Liminal spaces
  • Time and the everyday

 

 

 

Role

Doctoral researcher, Associate Tutor, Researcher, Social Work PGR Student Representative

Qualifications

Current PhD Social Work, University of Sussex
2013-2014 MSc Social Research Methods, University of Sussex
2001-2003

MSW, University of Sussex

1994-1997 BA Politics (AFRAS), University of Sussex

Activities

Louise qualified as a social worker in 2003 and has worked in fostering and adoption services throughout her career. She currently works as a Team Manager for the adoption charity PACT.  In July 2018 she has been invited as a promising emerging scholar to contribute to a symposuim,Dialogue on Nurturing the Future of Adoption Research’, at the International Adoption Research Conference in Montreal (ICAR6).  This presentation will be a moderated round-table discussion with USA and non-USA adoption scholars. The field of adoption studies in the US and Europe, is facing a generational shift.  This presentation will bring together seasoned adoption scholars and junior scholars beginning their careers for a dialogue that will address the following questions: What can we do as a field to encourage critical engagement in the field? What can we do, beyond the traditional mechanisms of publications and mentorship, to transfer knowledge of seasoned scholars and nurture the next generation of scholars?  Louise attends the CORAM BAAF Research Advisory Group and is part of a working group developing ideas for supporting the research community in the UK.