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Social Work Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dan has been working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people, families and communities for 13 years.

In 2007 he secured funding from the Economic Social Research Council to complete a Masters in Social Work Research and a PhD. These two programmes of study enabled him to begin consolidating his knowledge and understanding of social work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups.

Whilst completing this period of study, Dan also spent some time working as a child protection social worker in the North of England. This experience provided him with the opportunity to develop a key understanding of some of the challenges being faced by Roma young people in particular.

In 2011 Dan focussed his work as a social work academic and practitioner. As well as teaching social work students, he also works to improve social work with Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children, families and communities in the United Kingdom and across Europe.

Authored Books

Allen, D & Adams, P (2013), Social Work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, British Association of Adoption and Fostering, London, England.

Refereed Journal Articles

Allen, D & Baker, T & Rootes, D (2014), 'Becoming a student Nurse Social Worker: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of the experience of interprofessional education. ', Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education., 4(1), pp.1-14.

Book Sections

Allen, D (2012) 'Gypsies, Travellers and social policy: misconceptions and insignificance', in: Richardson, J & Ryder, A (eds.), Gypsies and Travellers: Accommodation, empowerment and inclusion in British society, Policy Press, Bristol, England, pp.83-99.

Research Reports

Richardson, J & Allen, D & Brown, J & Cemlyn, S & Greenfield, M & Lishman, R (2010), 'Somerset Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, ', for: Somerset County Council, De Monfort University, Leicester, England.


  • 2019–present
    Social Work Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • –present
    Social Work Lecturer, University of Salford


  • 2012 
    De Montfort University, Ph.D