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Dr Michael Thomas
Associate Dean – Equality and Diversity / Senior Lecturer in Social work


I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work.

My research interests focus on sexualities, equalities and the interplay between public services and personal life. I am interested in subjective experiences of loneiness among older people and people in minority groups.  I am also interested in professionalism and values in Social Work.


Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, University of Kent, 2016

PhD in Social Policy (ESRC-funded), Cardiff University, 2013

MSc in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, 2009

MA in Social Work, Brunel University London, 2007

BA (Hons) Welsh Studies, University of Wales, 1990


I represent the Social Work Division on the College Research Ethics Committee and am joint co-ordinator of the Social Justice Research Group.

Newest selected publications

Nelson-Becker, H. and Thomas, M. (2020) 'Religious/Spiritual Struggles and Spiritual Resilience in Marginalised Older Adults'. Religions, 11 (9). pp. 431 - 431.Open Access Link

Journal article

Thomas, M. (2020) 'Striving, surviving, arriving and thriving: qualitative research on professional education', in Ward, MRM. and Delamont, S. (eds.) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education. Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 130 - 140. ISBN 10: 1788977149. ISBN 13: 9781788977142.

Book chapter

Sullivan, MP., Victor, CR. and Thomas, M. (2016) 'Understanding and alleviating loneliness in later life: Perspectives of older people'. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 17 (3). pp. 168 - 178. ISSN: 1471-7794

Journal article

Sullivan, MP., Victor, C., Thomas, M. and Woodbridge, R. (2015) 'Dancing with loneliness in later life: a pilot study exploring temporal variations.'.44th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology. Newcastle, UK. 3 - 3 July. Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.. pp. 78 - 84. ISSN: 1874-3501

Conference paper

Victor, C., Sullivan, MP., Woodbridge, R. and Thomas, M. (2015) 'Dancing with loneliness in later life: A pilot study mapping seasonal variations'. Open Psychology Journal, 8 (1). pp. 97 - 104. ISSN: 1874-3501 Open Access Link

Journal article
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