Ms Louise Sims

Post:Member (Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth)
Other posts:Research student (Social Work and Social Care)
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Louise Sims is a qualified social worker and a PhD candidate in the School of Education and Social Work. Her ESRC funded research is a collaborative study supported by the charity Coram/BAAF and explores social work practice in adoption, focusing specifically on matching and assessment. She worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant for the Centre for Innovation in Social Work Research (C-SWIR). She is also currently working with colleagues in C-SWIR as a researcher on two service evaluations for the DfE Innovation Program. Prior to these roles she worked as a social worker with children and families.


Louise teaches on the BA Childhood and Youth,  the BA in Social Work and the Social Work MA. 




  • 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


  • Relationship-based practice
  • Psycho-social methods
  • Feminist ethics 
  • Time and the everyday






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


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

MSW, University of Sussex

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


My PhD is a collaboration with Coram/BAAF who are a leading charity promoting good practice in social work.

I presented in November 2015 with colleagues for a CIRCY seminar at Sussex exploring ideas of vulnerability and precarity as developed by Judith Butler (2014). We first presented this paper at the Manchester Metropolitan University's Qualitative Summer School in July 2015.