I have been a qualified social worker for the last twenty-five years. I am currently a Reader in Social Sciences at Social Work at Glyndwr University, having joined the institution in 2010. Prior to this, I combined part-time lecturing at Bangor University with management of alcohol and drug services in both the statutory (criminal justice) and voluntary sectors. My early formative practice was in a number of roles associated with alcohol, drugs, mental health and homelessness.
I am an active researcher and published author. My primary areas of research interest are; alcohol and other drugs, policy implementation, recovery and service user involvement; and social workers use of knowledge in practice. Along with a range of traditional peer reviewed outputs, I am interested in and have been translating research into practice and community facing projects.
I am currently involved in a number of research projects for Welsh and Scottish governments with regards to evaluating the impact of minimum (unit) pricing for alcohol.
I am an active supporter of the North Wales recovery community, and volunteer in roles supporting independent and non-funded peer groups. I remain a registered social worker with Social Care Wales. I am currently chair of the British Association of Social Workers substance misuse specialist interest group, and have a long history of chairing/supporting third sector/NGO charity groups.
I am co-editor of the journal Practice: Social work in Action.
My down time from work revolves around family, food, fell running, cycling, mountains, live music and playing bridge.
- Davies, N, Livingston, W, Owen, E & Huxley, P. Social care legislation as an act of integration. Journal of Integrated Care. 2016. 24 (3): 139-149. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-03-2016-0009