I first came to Newcastle University in 1968 and was Head of Department of Social Policy 1994-1999.I took early retirement in 2002 and have held a Visiting Fellowship since then. My early research concentrated on human fertility behaviour and more recently I have focused my interests on the issue of teenage pregnancy, carrying out two studies of the education of young mothers for DfES.
Today my main area of research is international adoption on which I have published widely. From 1995 to 2013 I was Chair of NICA (Network for Intercountry Adoption) and from 1999 to 2013 a member of the Board of Trustees and the Research Group Advisory Committee of BAAF ( British Association for Adoption and Fostering).
After my degree at Oxford University I worked for three years as a child care officer, specialising in adoption, in Oxfordshire Children's Department and have continued to be involved with domestic adoption, currently serving as an independent member on Newcastle's Adoption Panel
Much of my work focuses on intercountry adoption statistics and up to date information on this topic can be found at the web-site listed above or by writing to me as firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD. University of Newcastle, 1977
Diploma in Public & Social Administration, Oxford University, 1965
BA Literae Humaniores, Oxford University, 1964
Intercountry Adoption ;the demography of adoption; teenage pregnancy and motherhood;
Comparative social policy; Demographic change and public policy
Trends in international adoption 1998-2013
Comparison of adoption policy in the USA and the UK.
Intercountry Adoption from African countries.
Lessons from International Adoption for Cross-border Surrogacy.