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Dr Ian Cummins
Dr Ian Cummins
postal addressUniversity of Salford, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work , Room C607, Allerton Building, The Crescent , Salford, M5 4WT.
email addressi.d.cummins@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 2956354
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From September 2011 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for Social Justice Research
From May 2009 to August 2015.
Associate Member of Research Centre: Centre for Social Research
From January 2010 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

 

I was born and grew up in the thriving metropolis that is Coventry. This is one reason why I am fascinated by the paintings of the great George Shaw. I  moved to the North West to study as a post-graduate at Manchester University.I originally trained as a probation officer. It is so long ago that not only did trainees qualify as social workers but they were also generously sponsored by the Home Office. In the first year of my course , I received a £200 book allowance which I spent on what I now know to be ethnographic research of indie bands. After working as a probation officer, I was civil servant – a job I was totally unsuited for and not very good at –  but I did meet Mrs. Cummins whilst working in that office. I moved back to social work and worked as a mental health social worker in Central Manchester before taking up academic posts. I joined the University in 2003 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2006. My main research revolves around the experiences of people with mental health problems in the Criminal Justice system. This includes all areas of the CJS but I have focused on policing and mental illness.  I argue the CJS has become, in many incidences, the default provider of mental health care. In the area of social theory, I am influenced by Wacquant’s analysis of  processes of advanced marginality.and the development of the penal state analysis of the development of mental health policy has applied Jonathan Simon’s   notion of “governing through crime”  to the history of community care.   I am currently working in two areas : the history of anti-psychiatry and social work’s response to poverty. have just completed a book that examines mental health issues across the CJS. I explore the way that the failure of community care policies have led to more people with mental health problems being drawn into the CJS. This is not only unjust but puts their health at greater risk.  The book argues that the use of imprisonment has to be reduced and that the only way to do this is by rediscovering the principle of dignity.  All those caught up in the CJS are our fellow citizens if we start from acknowledging this fundamental point then we would devise completely different responses to offending.With colleagues at MMU, I have been working on a series of papers about TV crime drama. These include discussions of the representation of stress in cop drama but also research that explored retired officers’ views. Like all right thinking people, I am slightly obsessed with the Wire – they teach a course on it at Harvard so we should do the same at Salford.I am a reviewer for a number of journals, on the editorial board of the Journal of Adult Protection. I also write regularly for the Conversation, and the Socialcareelf and Mentalcareelf blogs. I suspect that I am best known across the School for having the clearest desk in the department and for that Elf video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Qualifications
1983
1986
1984
1986
1996

This allowed me to practice as an approved social worker

2002

Thesis: Will the reform of the Mental  Health Act be just?

2004
2016
Key Projects
2015
Feb
Evaluation of the Oldham Phone Triage/RAID Pilot Project
Greater Manchester Police, £3,993.00.
Principal Investigator: I Cummins (100%).
Key Publications
Authored Books
Refereed Journal Articles
Book Sections
Newspaper Articles
Other Publications
Reports for External Bodies
Reviews
Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2017
Nov

 The event is part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science. The event will examine the way that true crime, literary fiction, film and TV drama alongside media portrayals help to shape attitudes and responses to violen... more >>.

2017
Nov

 The event is part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science. The event will examine the way that true crime, literary fiction, film and TV drama alongside media portrayals help to shape attitudes and responses to violen... more >>.

2016
Nov

 This event -part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016-will use a variety of formats to explore society's obsession with serial killers and their crimes. It uses the Moors murders as a means to examine the relations... more >>.

2013
May
2011
Sep
Conference Presentations
2015
Mar

 The Moors Murders were one of, if not the most high profile murder cases in Britain in the 20th Century. In 1966, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were convicted of the abduction, sexual assault and murder of Lesley Anne Downey... more >>.

2014
Mar
2014
Mar

 Joint with Dr Marian Foley (MMU) 

2014
Mar

 Joint with Dr Martin King ( MMU) 

2013
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2007
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2006
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External Examiner Duties
2014
Oct
2014
Oct
2010
Oct
2010
Oct

AMPH/ MSc Mental Health

2005
Sep
Invited Papers and Lectures
2013
Feb