School of Social and Political Science

Mr Neil Hume

Job Title

PhD Student "Positive Secondary School Transitions: Improving multi-agency working with school pupils identified as being at risk of making a poor transition".


I am a registered Social Worker and Practice Educator with 15 years’ experience working in  criminal justice and children's services across Scotland. I am currently a first year PhD Student within Social Work at the School of Social and Political Science, supervised by Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh and Professor Gillean McCluskey.

Working in collaboration with social innovation charity People Know How’s Positive Transition Service, my PhD is a SGSSS funded participatory action research (PAR) project which seeks to explore and enhance the support offered to vulnerable or at risk young people and their families in relation to the transition process. The project will also have a comparative aspect, studying how interventions differ between two contrasting local authorities, one a large urban setting and the other predominantly rural. This will allow the project to explore the way local context, organisational culture and interagency relationships influence the type and effectiveness of transition support. The findings of the project will inform the development of the Positive Transition Service and inform models of best practice for similar projects across the UK. 

Research interests

Research interests

Social work education; participatory action research methodologies; social inclusion; moral panic theory.

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