School of Social and Political Science

Mark Hardy

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PhD title: Working title: An Institutional Ethnography of Social Work Decision-Making with Children and Families Experiencing Poverty

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Research interests

Research interests

Institutional Ethnography, Decision-making, child poverty, children and families social work practice, Care experience, health inequalities and the social determinants of health



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  • Alice Brown PhD Scholarship 2019-2025.
  • Winner of the Marjorie Brown Memorial Prize for Best Social Work Student (Masters), University of Edinburgh 2011.
  • Winner of the Jo Campling Memorial Prize (Postgraduate) 2011.


  • Professional Development Award in Practice Learning (Social Services), Tayforth Partnership, 2020.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education, Edinburgh Napier University, 2018.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Child Welfare and Protection with Merit, University of Stirling, 2015.
  • Master of Social Work, MSW with Distinction, University of Edinburgh, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Hons), Law & Economics, 2:2, University of Edinburgh, 2003.


  • Social Worker – Children & Families, City of Edinburgh Council, 2011-present.
  • Honorary Associate Lecturer – School of Health & Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, 2019-2020.
  • Lecturer-Practitioner – School of Health & Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, 2015-2018.
  • Locum Residential Child Care Officer, City of Edinburgh Council, 2009-2011.
  • Residential Child Care Officer, Howdenhall Centre, Edinburgh, 2005-2009.


  • Social Work: Making A Difference, Undergraduate, 2019-2020.
  • Working With Self & Others, Postgraduate, 2020.
  • Creative Social Work & The Arts, Undergraduate, 2020.


  • Trustee and Secretary – Canongate Youth, Edinburgh (2005-present).
  • Community Councillor (2017 - present).

Other experience

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Peer Reviewer for British Journal of Social Work.



Gallagher, M., Smith, M., Hardy, M. and H. Wilkinson (2011). Children and Families’ Involvement in Social Work Decision Making, Children & Society, 26(1), 74-85.

Hardy, M. (2012). Shift Recording in Residential Child Care, Ethics & Social Welfare, 6(1), 88-96.

Hardy, M. (2014). Shift Recording in Residential Child Care: Purposes, Issues and Implications for Policy and Practice, Surveillance & Society, 12(1), 108-123.

Critchley, A., Cowan, P., Grant, M. and M. Hardy (2020). Changes and Continuities in Adoption Social Work: Adoption in Scotland Since the 1968 Act, British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw

Book Chapters

Hardy, M. (2016). Afterword, in V.E. Cree, G. Clapton and M. Smith, Revisiting Moral Panics, (pp.123-130), Bristol: Policy Press.

Conference Papers

Critchley, A., Cowan, P., Grant, M. and M. Hardy (2018). Exploring the changing nature of adoption work: Reflections on the 1968 Act. Paper for the 50th Anniversary of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. Edinburgh: Social Work Scotland.


Hardy, M.(2020). Port in the Storm: Poverty-Aware Social Work in the Pandemic, Scottish Association of Social Workers, Challenge Poverty Week, 6th October 2020.

Book Reviews

Several book reviews published in the journal Ethics & Social Welfare and Rostrum, the magazine of the Scottish Association of Social Workers.

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