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Lecturer in Social Work, The Open University

Dr Justin Rogers is a social worker by training and comes from a practice background working with children and young people in alternative care. He has worked in local authority fostering and adoption teams in the United Kingdom and he also has experience of managing a secure unit that accommodated young people in contact with the law. Justin previously held the post of Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Bath and maintains an affiliation to Bath as a visiting fellow in the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy. He is also on the editorial board of the Thailand Journal of Social Work and an external affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, Toronto.

Justin's research interests focus on child protection and alternative care. He is committed to understanding children and young people’s experiences of alternative care and promoting their voices to inform policy and practice. Recent research projects include Fostering Hope a community based participatory project exploring perceptions of unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people in Bristol. Justin is currently the principal investigator on a two-year study called ‘Sharing Their Narratives’, that uses arts based methods to study children and young people’s experiences of the different alternative care settings in Thailand.


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer in Social Work, The Open University
  • 2013–2020
    Lecturer in Social Work , The University of Bath


  • 2015 
    University of Bath, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Bath, MRes
  • 2003 
    University of Greenwich, BA hons Social Work


  • 2014
    Rejecting the child embracing childhood, International social work
  • 2012
    Anti-oppressive social work research: Reflections on power in the creation of knowledge, Social work education: The international journal