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Dr Susan Hollinrake

Associate Professor (Social Work)

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Dr Susan Hollinrake

Tel 01473  338535


Sue is an Associate Professor who currently teaches on the BA (Hons) Social Work Programme within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Sue worked as a social worker and then manager for many years in local authority social services departments. She began her social work career as a generic social worker working in Inner London boroughs, before developing a specialist role as a social worker in a special school for children with severe learning disabilities. Sue then became a team manager of a team for Children with Disabilities, before moving out of London to Essex to be a service manager (Children with Disabilities) in Essex County Council.

Following this, Sue moved into professional education as a senior lecturer in Social Work at Suffolk College. She led the BA Social Work Degree Programme at the University of Suffolk (formerly UCS) from 2010 to 2017 and became Associate Professor in 2015. Her teaching and research interests are around professional values, informal carers, service user involvement, social work with adults and relationship-based practice. Sue is a registered social worker and has been an External Examiner for two social work qualifying programmes in the UK until very recently.

As an educator, Sue remains passionate about the student experience and always enjoys seeing students develop personally and professionally through their experiences on the social work degree programme.

Writing and research

Sue’s research interests stem from her professional experiences. Her doctoral research focused on the experiences of parent carers of the transition to adulthood of their sons and daughters. She has also carried out several research projects locally, regionally and within the university.


Hollinrake, S. (2002) “Communicating Positively”, in Practice Vol. 14 No. 2 pp.5-18.

Hollinrake, S. (2013) “Young Children with Disabilities” in Taylor. J and Bond, E. (eds) Early Childhood Studies, An Holistic Introduction. 3nd edition, London: Hodder Arnold, (pp.248-271).

Hollinrake, S. (2013) ‘Informal Care’ in Monaghan, L. and Gabe J. (eds), Key Concepts in Medical Sociology, London: Sage, (pp183-188).

Hollinrake, S. and Thomas, W. (2013) Supporting older people to live independently in their communities. Whose responsibility? In Sparschuh, V. and Sterbling, A. (eds).  Abwanderungen aus landlichen Gebieten Ursachen, Motive, Erscheinungsformen und Folgeprobleme. Meine: Verlag Magdeburg, (pp. 89-103).

Thomas, W. and Hollinrake S. (2014) “Policymakers, researchers and service users  – resolving the tensions and dilemmas of working together” for Special Journal Issue in Innovations, The European Journal for Social Science Research. Vol. 27 (1) 31-45. 

Thomas, W. and Hollinrake, S. (2014) “Economic and Demographic Challenges for Social Care: a critical perspective on the management and delivery of care.” Journal of Health Organization and Management 28 (5) 653-673.

Thomas, W. and Hollinrake, S. (2014) Economic and demographic challenges for social care: A critical perspective on the management and delivery of care. Journal of Health Organisations and Management 28 (5) 653-673.

Thomas, W. and Hollinrake, S. (2014) Creating an Enabling Culture in the delivery of Health and Social Care: addressing economic and demographic challenges, E-proceedings of ISL Symposium 2014.

Hollinrake, S. and Thomas, W. (2015) Caring Relationships and Efficient Social Care Provision: can an ethic of care provide a better foundation for responding to care needs in later life? International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 35(5) 419-436.

Hollinrake, S., Thomas, W., Tocca, A. and Cavenagh, P. (2016) Food Shopping and Eating Habits in Later Life: Implications for Retailers and Public Health in Contributing to the Well-being of older People, in Baho,S.M.. and Katsas, G.A. (eds) Making Sense of Food. London: Interdisciplinary Press.

Hollinrake, S. (2018) Anti-oppressive practice, social work values and ethics, in Taplin, S. (ed) Innovations in Practice Learning. St. Albans: Critical Publishing Ltd.

Thomas, W. and Hollinrake, S. (2018) The Politics of Care: Wicked Concerns constituent in Care Reforms, in Thomas, W. Hujala A., Laulainen, S. and McMurray, R. (eds), The Management of Wicked Problems in Health and Social Care. London: Routledge.

Hollinrake,S., Hunt, G., Dix, H. and Wagner, A. (2019) Do we practice (or teach) what we preach? Developing a more inclusive learning environment to better prepare social work students for practice through improving the exploration of their different ethnicities within teaching, learning and assessment opportunities.   Social Work Education 38(5) pp 582-603.

Hollinrake, S., Spencer, S. and Dix, G. (2019) Disabled citizens as researchers – Challenges and benefits of collaboration for effective action and change. European Journal of Social Work, 22 (5) pp749-762.

Dix, H., Hollinrake, S. and Meade, J. (2019) Relationship-based Social Work with Adults. St. Albans: Critical Publishing.

Dix, G., Hollinrake, S. and Spencer, S. (2019) Co-producing Community with Disabled Researchers and Citizens: the Challenges and Potential for Successful Collaboration, in Participatory Social Work: Research, Practice, Education, Granosik, M., Gulczynska, A., Krostrzynska, M. and Littlechild, B. (eds), Krakow: Jagiellonian Press.

Professional Membership

Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

Social Work Action Network (SWAN)