Meet the Journal Team

Professor Aidan Worsley

Aidan is the Research Lead for the School of Social Work, Care and Community, Chair of the School Research Strategy Group, Ethics Committee and a member of the School Leadership Team. He teaches across a range of programmes in the School, mostly around research methods. He also provides supervision to a range of research projects. His research has recently focussed on professional regulation and Aidan was recently seconded in to the DfE to develop policy options for the new social work regulator.


Dr Ridwanah Gurjee

Ridwanah – known as Riz – is Academic Lead for subjects in Community Leadership and Children, Schools and Families. Riz also leads the International activities within the school and has developed her specialism of peer mentoring, globally, with UCLan Students and young people from the Agadir Orphanage Centre in Morocco. In recognition of the contribution to teaching, Riz is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Riz also supervises postgraduate research and supports students in leading their own independent community research projects.


Jenny Lamb

Jenny is course leader for the BA (Hons) in Youth Work and Community Practice and teaches students on the community leadership programme and the community and social care foundation entry routes. Jenny is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work and a winner of a Golden Rose Award for Sustainable Teaching at the SU Golden Roses Awards Ceremony in April 2016. Jenny is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a winner of a Golden Rose Award for Sustainable Teaching at the SU Golden Roses Awards Ceremony in April 2016


Dr Yasmeen Ali

Yasmeen Ali, leads and develops academic programmes in Community Leadership. The programme incorporates practice-based learning, providing students with professional experience in community action, mentoring and leading on community projects. Formed using a transformative framework, the academic courses examine students’ own ontological and epistemological assumptions, values and beliefs. Through contextualising and reconceptualising their reality, students are equipped to work with and guide others in translating their perspectives, perceptions and goals into agendas for social change.


Dr Zoe O’Riordan

Zoe teaches across child-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School of Social Work Care and Community. Her teaching focuses on theories of childhood and inclusion, reflect her research interests. Zoe’s research to date has focused the transitional experiences of children with behavioural difficulties and the ways that children think about childhood.


Dr John Lockhart



Julie Ridley



Dr Mags Adams

Mags is a transdisciplinary social scientist whose research focuses on sustainability and understanding the interconnections between people, places and social practices. Her most recent work is concerned with human relationships and local food systems, especially related to food sovereignty and justice. She is currently working on local food systems in relation to food procurement, food consumption and poverty, and local food production. Mags co-founded and chairs the Food Geographies Research Group at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and chaired the Underlying causes of food poverty panel in developing the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Action Plan. She is a member of the Steering Group for Food Futures Partnership in Lancashire. She has published widely in the areas of food geographies, mobilities and sensory studies. She is a Fellow of the RGS-IBG and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.