School:Education and Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Roxana Anghel has expertise in qualitative research, and in the field of leaving (residential/institutional) care to adulthood in Central and Eastern Europe. Roxana is the academic lead for the Social Work Research Lab (SWRL), and has been one of the Ruskin Modules trailblazer academics, co-developing and co-delivering the module ‘Climate Justice and Social Inequality: Could you be an Agent for Change?’ (2021). She has also introduced the topics of Sustainability and Environmental Justice in the ARU social work curriculum and has developed the module ‘Contemporary and Sustainable Social Work’ (2022).
Roxana Anghel is a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Social Care. Since her PhD, gained in 2010 with a qualitative longitudinal study analysing the experience of Romanian care leavers and frontline workers in a post-communist context of multi-systemic transitions, leaving care has remained Roxana’s main research interest. Her recent work has focused on factors such as discursive practices and practitioner discretion which contribute to sustaining the policy-implementation gap and the barriers to social inclusion and wellbeing experienced widely by this group of young people. In 2005 Roxana joined the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC) a forum now representing 47 countries across all continents (except Antarctica!). Roxana is a member of the INTRAC Steering Group and is co-chairing the INTRAC Global Conference Committee. Roxana is working with a group of international researchers on an innovative project focused on developing consensus on Grand Challenges of Leaving Care framed by the challenges posed by climate change to the young people’s access to resources and social and environmental justice. Roxana is interested in promoting the equitable access of people with care experience to knowledge construction and to action for change.
Roxana takes a collaborative approach to developing research and education. Roxana’s other current and previous research activity has included partnerships with social work lecturers, researchers, and students, leading or being a consultant on several small-scale studies and evaluations aimed to enhance social work education, practice, and knowledge. Topics have included: exploring imagination in social work; facilitating service user and carer involvement in social work education (in UK; Israel); understanding group conflict; understanding the role of personalised donations as messages of solidarity with forced migrants; exploring the link between acronyms and the professional encounter; the use of experiential learning and reflective use of ‘self’ to facilitate social work students’ conceptual understanding; and exploring the experiences of disclosing mental health difficulties by UK academics. Roxana has also led the PAR project 'Preparing for Deinstitutionalisation (DI) in Croatia', conducted in partnership with local and UK practitioners and researchers. The project explored the value of using a participatory approach to preparing for, coping with, and implementing change. Using arts-based methods and group reflection, the research team aimed to support the practitioners in a large institution for people with learning disabilities to develop a community of practice to analyse the concepts, practice methods, and the priorities for change demanded by the rapid DI process expected by the national government and the EU.
Roxana is a member of the School Research Ethics Panel (SREP), the Cluster for Education Research on Identities and Inequalities (CERII), and the Social and Community Inclusion Group (CSI).
Roxana has extensive teaching and pastoral experience. Topics include: qualitative research; transition to professional social work practice; the relationship between wellbeing, life course, and health and social inequalities; and sustainability and environmental justice. Roxana’s teaching is informed by a critical analysis of contemporary contexts, research, and theory and is promoting a decolonised and transformative approach to teaching which includes experiential and active learning.
Anghel, R. (2021). From ‘the New Man’ to Care-Leaver Activists – communist and contemporary discourses shaping fifty years of leaving care in Romania. Children and Family Social Work. Special Issue: Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood: Exploring Historical Narratives, 26, p.258-269. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cfs.12819
Anghel, R. & Grierson, J. (2020). Addressing Needs in a Liminal Space: the citizen volunteer experience and decision-making in the unofficial Calais migrant camp – Insights for Social Work. European Journal of Social Work, 23(3), p.486-499, https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2019.1709158
Van Breda, A D, Munro, E, Gilligan, R, Anghel, R, Harder A, Incarcato, M, Mann-Feder, V, Refaeli, T, Stohler, R, Storø, J. (2020). Extended care: Global dialogue on policy, practice and research. Child & Youth Services Review, 119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105596
Gutman, C., Hatman, S., Ben-Oz, M., Criden, W., Anghel, R., Ramon, S. (2014) Involving older adults as co-researchers in social work education. Educational Gerontology, 40(3), pages 186-197
Ramon, S., Hantman, S., Anghel, R., Gutman, C., Criden, W. and Ben-Oz, M. (2014). Learning from a cross-country evaluation of service users’ involvement in social work education and research. In A-L. Matthies and L. Uggerhoj, Participation, Marginalisation and Welfare Services. Concepts, politics and practices across European Countries. Farnham: Ashgate. Ch. 16
Anghel, R., Herczog, M. and Dima, G. (2013). The challenge of reforming child protection in Eastern Europe: The cases of Hungary and Romania. Psychosocial Intervention, 22, 239-49
Amas D, Hicks J and Anghel R, (2013). Mirror Mirror: Experiential workshops exploring ’self’ in social work education and practice. In McIntosh P & Warren D. (Eds) Creativity in the Classroom. Case studies in using the arts in teaching and learning in Higher Education. Bristol: Intellect.
Anghel, R. (2011). Transition within Transition: how young people learn to leave public care behind while their carers are stuck in neutral. Children & Youth Services Review. 33, p.2526-2531
Anghel, R., Fox, J & Warnes, M., (2010). An Exploration of Concept Mapping as a Method of Evaluating Student Learning in Social Work. Evaluating Outcomes in Social Work Education. Southampton: SWAP/HEA Monograph
Anghel, R. and Ramon, S., (2009). Service Users and Carers' Involvement in Social Work Education: Lessons from an English Case Study. European Journal of Social Work, 12(2), p.1–15
Anghel, R. and Dima, G., (2008). Romania. In Stein M. & Munro E., Young People's Transitions from Care to Adulthood. International Research and Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Anghel, R. and Beckett, C., (2007). Skateboarding behind the EU lorry – the experience of Romanian professionals struggling to cope with transition while assisting care leavers. European Journal of Social Work, 10(1), pp.3-19
Anghel R & Storø J. (2021). Representations and Discourses in 21st Century Leaving Care Research: problematizing the familiar in the construction of the ‘care leaver’. EUSARF Conference, 1-3 September, Zurich
Anghel, R (2021). Towards a Mainstream Participatory Approach to the Construction of Included Identities in Leaving Care. Participatory Inquiry Forum. Anglia Ruskin University
Anghel, R. & Grierson, J. (2019). Addressing Needs in a Liminal Space: the volunteer experience and decision-making in the unofficial Calais migrant camp - Insights for Social Work. IFSW Conference: Social Protection & Human Dignity. Vienna, Austria
Anghel, R. (2018). ‘Fifty Years of Leaving Residential Care in Romania – how leaving care has been shaped by Communism and the Child’s Rights agenda’. Part of the Invited Symposium ‘Transitions from care to adulthood: exploring historical narratives’. European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care (EUSARF) Conference, University of Porto, 3-5 October
Anghel, R. (2016). History of Leaving Care in Romania. Invited talk at the International Seminar on History of Leaving Care. Loughborough
Anghel R., Cameron, C., Zganec, N., Thomas, J., Richards, E. and Christian, G. (2013). Preparing for Deinstitutionalisation in a Croatian Rehabilitation Centre - Lessons from a participatory pilot project. ENSACT. Istanbul
Anghel, R., Pinkerton, J., Cameron, C., Waller, T. (2012). Realising Care Leavers’ Rights: implementing the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children - some notes of caution and encouragement. Eurochild Annual Conference, Sofia
Anghel, R., (2011). Keynote - Transition within Transition: how young people learn to leave institutional care behind while their carers are stuck in 'neutral'. Quality in Alternative Care. SOS Children's Villages International. Prague
Anghel, R. and Ramon, S., (2010). Evaluating a model of service user and carer involvement in Social Work education using an action research design. International Conference of the Collaborative Action Research Network. Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge
Anghel, R., (2010). Experiencing the Transition from Residential Care to Independence in a Context of Transition: the case of Romania. 11th Biennial International EUSARF Conference Assessing Evidence Base of Intervention for Vulnerable Children and Their Families. European Scientific Association on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF). University of Groningen. The Netherlands
Anghel, R., Amas, D. and Hicks, J. (2010). (Re)Integrating 'Self' in Social Work Education through Experiential Learning and Reflection. 4th Annual Social Work Continuing Professional Development Conference. Integrated Practice. Institute of Psychiatry, King's College. London
Anghel, R. and Dima, G., (2009). Child Care and Leaving Care in Romania. International Perspectives in Child Welfare. Facing Challenges and Implementing Advances. University of Oviedo. Spain
Anghel, R., Amas, D. and Hicks, J. (2009). Exploring uncertainty, empathy and resilience through self-reflection, creative mediums, and experiential learning. 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference. University of Hertfordshire
Anghel, R. (2009). Evaluating learning about partnership with service users using Concept Mapping. Workshop. National Symposium organised by SWAP/HEA. London
Anghel, R. (2008). Plenary – Leaving State Residential Care in Bucharest: what helps and hinders the transition. Care Matters: Transforming Lives - Improving Outcomes Conferences. Incorporating the 8th International Looked After Children Conference. Keeble College. Oxford