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Dr Jon Symonds

Dr Jon Symonds

Dr Jon Symonds
PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), MA (Hons)

Lecturer in Social Work with Children and Families

Office Room 2.3, 6 Priory Road
8 Priory Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6781

Research summary

My research interests focus on understanding and improving practice in professional encounters, informed by my background as a registered social worker. I am experienced in making direct recordings of practice and using Conversation Analysis to identify (and improve) specific components of professional interaction. I have applied this to my doctoral research on the recruitment of fathers to parenting programmes as well as in other funded projects. My other research interests are in families, parenting and fatherhood, and practitioner engagement skills. I am an original member of the UoB Conversation Analysis Research Group.

Research projects


Older men at the margins ...

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I joined the University of Bristol in 2010 after 15 years of practice with adults with learning disabilities, children and adolescents with mental health problems and parenting services. I have been a registered social worker since 2006 and delivered teaching and training to practitioners at pre- and post qualifying levels since 2008.

My research interests are in families, parenting and fatherhood, practitioner engagement skills, and using Conversation Analysis to understand and improve professional practice. I welcome proposals from prospective students considering Masters or doctoral dissertations in these areas.

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