Dr Ian Robson
Ian is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE England. He researches and teaches at intersections of topics concerning children, organisations and professional practice, and is a specialist in the development and use of visual-material methods in these contexts. Ian’s particular interest is in promoting creative, inclusive and relational ways of reviewing, planning and negotiating in complex policy and organisational contexts.
In North East England, Ian is the chair of Newcastle’s multi-agency 1001 Critical Days Think-Tank. In this role, and in partnership with the Parent-Infant Foundation, Ian is directing a pilot policy and practice change programme for 0-2’s and their families. His professional background includes posts as a senior policy officer for a Children’s Trust, as an area manager for a set of Sure Start Children’s Centres and as an independent consultant. Ian’s academic study has focused on public management and policy, and professional practice and identity.
He is a father to four children (three adopted and two with disabilities), and has fostered babies with his wife for several years through a local authority. He is passionate about how children and families affected by trauma, loss and disability can be better involved with, and considered by, policy makers and managers. His Twitter username is @ianrobsons