Dr Patricia McCulloch


Social Work, School of Education and Social Work

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Dr Trish McCulloch is a Reader and Social Work Lead in the School of Education and Social Work.  Trish joined the University in 2003, having previously worked as a social worker within youth and adult justice settings.  Her  teaching and research activity lies principally in criminal justice social work and criminal justice sanctions, with a particular interest in participatory, community and progressive approaches.  Recent writing and research has focussed on questions of participation, co-production, compliance, desistance and the social and community contexts of change.   Trish's Doctoral research employed a participatory research design to explore the place and potential of co-production in the criminal justice context.

Trish is currently active in the following roles:

  • Chair of the Scottish Heads of Social Work Education Group
  • Co-chair of the Scottish Review of Social Work Education
  • Member of the Social Work Services Strategic Forum (Scotland)
  • Appointed member of the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation (SAPOR)
  • Member of the National Strategy for Community Justice steering group
  • Member of the ESC working group on Community Sanctions
  • Chair of a local community charity

In recent years Trish has also acted in a consultancy role with the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council, Falkirk City Council, and the Open University.


Research Funding

  • Scottish Government, 2018-. Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice.
  • Social Work Scotland, 2018-, Criminal Justice: Exploring gender
  • Scottish Social Service Council, 2016-2021. Newly Qualified Social Workers, 5 year research study.
  • Social Work Scotland, 2016. What the public think about Scottish social services and why.
  • Scottish Universities Insight Insitute, 2015-2016. Creating Spaces for Change Knowledge Exchange project.
  • Scottish Social Services Council, 2015-2016.   An Integrated Learning Model for Social Work Education.
  • Scottish Social Services Council 2015-16. Philosophies of Learning in Social Work Education in Scotland.
  • Scottish Social Services Council 2015-16. Should qualifying social work education have a core curriculum?
  • Scottish Centre for Criminal Justice Research
  • Scottish Government
  • Dundee City Council, Justice Services
  • Dundee City Council, Children's Services
View full research profile and publications


  • Criminal Justice Social Work
  • Social Policy & Policy Development
  • Research Methods
  • Doctoral Supervision