Dr Katrin Bain – Freelance Academic

  • Visiting Academic at the Department of Social Work, Royal Holloway University, London
  • Independent Researcher

Areas of Interest

  • Social Pedagogy in England
  • Relationship Based Social Work Practice
  • The representation of parents within social policy and social work practice
  • The relationship between state organised and/or provided social services and citizens / service users


  • PhD in Applied Social Studies, University of Warwick, UK
  • Diplom-Pädagogin, degree awarded by the University of Wuppertal, Germany (a 4.5 year full-time university degree including pedagogy, social-pedagogy, psychology, sociology)

Professional Memberships

  • HCPC Registered Social Worker
  • Founding Member of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA)
  • Member of the Social Pedagogy Development Network (SPDN)


Evans, T. / Bain, K. (2016) “Europeanisation and English Social Work – The Migration of German Social Work Practitioners and Ideas to England”. British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw144

Wagner, T / Bain, K / Schaarschuch, A (2011) Zur politischen Produktivität das Citizenship in der Sozialen Arbeit. Adressatenkonzeptein der Sozialen Arbeit zwischen Staatsbürgerqualifikationsarbeit und Entbürgerlichung. in: Kommission Sozialpädagogik (Hrsg.) Bildung des Effective Citizen Sozialpädagogik auf dem Weg zu einem neuen Sozialentwurf. Juventa. pp. 115-126

Bain, K (2009) Modernising Children’s Services: Partnership and Participation in Policy and Practice. in: Harris, J. and White, V. (Eds). Modernising Social Work. Policy Press. pp. 89-106

Bain, K (2009) Parental Responsibility. in: Social Work and Society, Vol 7, No1, pp. 138 – 141. http://www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/54/356

Lapierre, S / Bain, K (2008) Parental Responsibility and Partnership: Citizenship and Gender in British Children and Families Social Services in: Oleksy, E / Petö, A / Waaldijk, B (Eds) Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context. Peter Lang. pp. 77-92

Conference Papers

JSWEC, 2014, London, UK: The Internationalisation of Social Work: The Migration of German Practitioners and Ideas to England. (with Tony Evans)

Modernising Social Work – Critical Considerations Conference, 2009, Worcester, UK: Modernising Children’s Services: partnership and Participation in Policy and Practice

Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenchaft (DGfE), Kommission Sozialpädagogik, 2009, Halle, Germany: Zur politischen Produktivität des Citizenship in der Sozialen Arbeit (with Andreas Schaarschuch, Thomas Wagner)

6th European Gender Research Conference 2006, Lodz, Poland: Parental Responsibility and partnership: Citizenship and Gender in British Children and Families Social Services(with Simon Lapierre)


As an independent researcher I have conducted academic as well as commissioned research; predominantly qualitative research based in Germany and / or England.

Current Research Project

Social Policy in Practice: The impact of social policy on social work practice in Children’s services in England and Germany

Past Research Projects

The Internationalisation of Social Work: the migration of German social work practitioners and ideas to England (with Tony Evans, funded by RHUL Research Strategy Fund)

Summary: A qualitative study examining the experiences of German social pedagogues working in England. The study was primarily concerned with what the perspectives and experiences of these practitioners can tell us about similarities and differences in practice between England and Germany.

New Public Management, Citizenship and Social Work: Children’s Services in Germany and England (PhD Thesis)

Summary:  A detailed analysis of public policy, organisational procedures and social work practice in children’s services in England and Germany. Developed a citizenship typology mapping different assumptions about parents in contact with social services. Contextualised the results in the history, structure and professional heritage of each country.

Evaluation of LOS (Local Capital for Social Purposes) in Wuppertal / Germany (funded by the German Ministry for Family, Women, Youth and Seniors and the European Union)

Summary: Evaluation of the impact of the projects that were funded through this project.

Evaluation of Project: “Expertise and Qualification of young people in deprived districts” in Wuppertal / Germany (funded by the German Government)

Summary: Evaluation of the impact of the projects that were funded through this project.

How do social pedagogues and social workers working in youth work understand social space and how does this influence their practice? (Dissertation)

Summary: A small scale qualitative study that explored social pedagogues views on young people in public spaces

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