Dr Dave Backwith

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Social Work and Social Policy
Research Supervision:

[email protected]

Research interests

  • Social Work and Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Social Inequalities in Health
  • Mutual Aid and Self-help

Areas of research supervision

  • Mental Health and Mutual Aid
  • Care leavers


Dave currently teaches modules on both the BA and MA Social Work degrees around the social and policy context of social work practice, human development and mental health. He's also Module Leader for the MA Dissertation.


  • PhD, Social Policy, University of Bristol
  • MA in Comparative Labour History, University of Warwick
  • BA Social Administration, University of Bristol

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Social Work and Health Inequalities Network
  • Child Poverty Action Group

Selected recent publications

Backwith, D. (2015) Social Work, Poverty and Social Exclusion, Maidenhead: Open University Press

Backwith, D. and Ball, R. (2014) Bread or Batons? Unemployed Workers Struggles in Bristol in the 1930s, Ch. 8 in Backwith, D., et al, (2014) Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies and Reds: a Radical History of Bristol, London: Breviary Stuff Publications

Mantle, G. and Backwith, D. (2010) Poverty and Social Work, British Journal of Social Work, 40.8: 2380-2397

Backwith, D. and Mantle, G. (2009) Inequalities in health and community-oriented social work, International Social Work, 52.4: 499–511