Dr Susan Hollinrake

Associate Professor (Social Work)

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School of Social Sciences and Humanities

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, before developing a specialist role as a social worker with children with severe learning disabilities and their families in a special school setting. Sue pursued this specialism and became a team manager of a team for Children with Disabilities before becoming a service manager (Children with Disabilities). 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. Sue has been an External Examiner for two social work qualifying programmes in the UK until recently. 

Sue’s teaching interests are around professional values, care and caregiving/care receiving, service user involvement, social work with adults and relationship-based practice. 

Sues 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 - for the local authority; collaborative project with a local Service User-led organisation run by disabled people; regionally - the East of England Co-operative Society and most recently, a project which looked at the needs of BAME social work students on the social work degree programme.


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


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, 2nd ed. London: Sage, (pp183-188). Currently updating for 3rd ed. 

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). 

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. 

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. 


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

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) 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) pp419-436. 

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 andbenefits of collaboration for effective action and change. European Journal of Social Work, 22 (5) pp749-762. 


Sue has presented at numerous conferences abroad in Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland.

Research conducted for the East of England Co-operative Society on the shopping habits of older people. 

Also, community engagement with local authority and local voluntary organisations for joint work on projects. 

Sue has developed Erasmus collaborations with various social work courses in universities in Europe - University of Applied Sciences, Neubrandenburg, Germany; Saxion University of Applied Sciences Enschede, Netherlands; Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland. 

Sue is a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and a member of Social Work Action Network (SWAN). 

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).