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Professor Fiona Verity
Professor - Social Work


Fiona has a background in community development work in Australia in the 1980s. She worked in various community-based roles for 15 years, including community development roles in local government and the community health sector, and management roles in community health. She has an Bachelor of Social Administration and a PhD (Sociology). Her research and teaching have been in the subject areas of community development, social policy and social planning.

In 2000 she moved to work in the higher education sector and has worked at the University of South Australia and Flinders University (South Australia) and Swansea University (2016-2023). Before joining Brunel University in 2023, she was Professor, Swansea University and a former Director of the Wales School for Social Care Research (2016-2020). 


Bachelor of Arts, Adelaide University, Australia (1981)

Bachelor of Social Administration, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia (1987)

PhD (Sociology), University of Newcastle, Australia (2000)

Family Wellbeing Certificate 11 Unit 1 - Foundations in Counselling (TAFE Adelaide, Australia) (2000)

Newest selected publications

Read, S., Verity, F., Llewellyn, M., Calder, G. and Richards, J. (2024) 'Preventative Social Care and Community Development in Wales: “New” Legislation, “Old” Tensions?'. Social Inclusion, 12. pp. 1 - 18.Open Access Link

Journal article

Toms, G., Verity, F., Andrews, N. and Leonard, R. (2024) 'Going DEEP: an evaluation of a social pedagogy-informed approach to evidence-enriched practice in social care'. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 13 (1). pp. 1 - 17.Open Access Link

Journal article

Verity, F. (2023) 'Community Development in Social Work Practice', in Livingston, W., Redcliffe, J. and Quinn Aziz, A. (eds.) Social Work in Wales. Bristol : Policy Press. pp. 243 - 253. ISBN 10: 1-4473-6719-7. ISBN 13: 978-1-4473-6719-2.

Book chapter

Read, S., Verity, F., Llewellyn, M., Tetlow, S. and Richards, J. (2023) 'Problematising 'Fused Principles' in Discourses of Preventative Social Care: Interpreting the Implementation of National Social Services Legislation in Wales, UK'. British Journal of Social Work, 53 (4). pp. 2331 - 2351. ISSN: 0045-3102 Open Access Link

Journal article

Jones, M., Verity, F. and Harvey, E. (2023) 'Time and social space in South Australian rural health social work practice'. Journal of Rural Studies, 97 (January 2023). pp. 467 - 473. ISSN: 0743-0167

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