Portrait of Professor Nigel Parton Professor Nigel Parton

n.parton@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472761


Joined the then Polytechnic of Huddersfield in 1977 as lecturer in Social Work; Senior Lecturer 1981-88, Principal Lecturer 1988-1993. Moved to University of Keele in 1993 to become Professor in Child Care Studies, returning to University of Huddersfield in 1994 as Professor in Child Care. Took up NSPCC Professorship at Huddersfield in 2006. Now works on a part-time basis.

Research and Scholarship

Author, co-author and editor of 25 books, and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Co-editor of the journal Children and Society 1996-2006 and currently a member of the editorial board of 10 national and international journals in the broad fields of child welfare and protection.


Previously held visiting Professorships at the University of Tampere (Finland), La Trobe University (Australia) and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Currently Kempe-Haruv Fellow at the Kempe Centre, University of Colorado, Denver, USA.

Research Degree Supervision

Enterprise Activities

  • Established ongoing sponsorship with the NSPCC who sponsored a Readership 1997-2005 and a full Professorship 2006-2012 (total sponsorship over £1mil.).
  • Took lead in establishing the Nationwide Children’s Research Centre in Huddersfield 1998-2014. This was a joint venture between the University, Kirklees MBC, the Health Trust and the Brian Jackson Centre and was registered as a charity raising in excess of £1mil.
  • Took lead in establishing ESRC recognition for Social Work at Huddersfield which provided ESRC Quota award Bursaries for 10 PhD students 2006-2014 totalling over £600k.

Administrative Responsibilities

Previously: Head of Division for Social Work (1990-1993); Head of Postgraduate Studies (1994- 2000); Director of the Centre of Applied Childhood Studies (1994-2006); Head of Research in the School of Human and Health Sciences (2000-2006); REF Coordinator for Social work in 1992, 1996 and 2001.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Now works on a part-time basis so contributes occasional lectures to a number of modules.

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