Dr Wendy Coxshall

Lecturer in Social Work

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Before taking up her position as a Lecturer in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University in 2016, Wendy was a children and families social worker at Lincolnshire County Council where she practised for over five years.


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Before becoming a social worker, Wendy completed over ten years' ethnographic research as a social anthropologist in the Peruvian Andes. Her doctoral research focused on family relations and reconciliation in the aftermath of political violence in Peru (1980-2000). Subsequently, Wendy also participated in an independent, British delegation on mining in Peru. The delegation was organised by the Peru Support Group (UK) and presented its co-authored report in the Houses of Parliament in March 2008. Wendy has published her own article based on the delegation’s research as well as on her doctorate.

After completing her PhD, Wendy was appointed as Lecturer in Sociology/Social Anthropology of Development at the University of Bath and then Teaching Fellow in Social Anthropology at University of Bristol. She also held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Politics.

Spoken Languages

Spanish and Quechua

Research interests

  • Child protection
  • Social work with children and families
  • Displacement and migration
  • Race/ethnicity, class and gender, difference and inequalities
  • Conflicts and family relations
  • Narrative and subjectivity
  • Wellbeing
  • Latin America, the Andes and Peru

Areas of research supervision

Wendy would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Social work with children and families
  • Latin America
  • Migration, cultural difference and integration
  • Gender and violence
  • Truth, reconciliation and transitional justice
  • Wellbeing


  • Well-being across the Life Course (BA Year 3)
  • Transitions into Professional Practice (BA Year 3)
  • Powers, Duties and Accountabilities (BA Year 2)


  • PQ Consolidation in Social Work, University of Lincoln
  • MA Hons in Social Work, University of East Anglia
  • PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
  • MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Memberships, editorial boards

HCPC membership

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

LSE Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, ‘Civil Society, Kinship and Conflict: Community (Re)construction and Reconciliation in the Andean Highlands of Ayacucho,’ Peru May 2007- July 2008

ESRC Doctoral Research Award in Social Anthropology, October 1999- September 2004

Selected recent publications

Coxshall, W., 2010. “When they Came to Take Our Resources”: Mining Conflicts and Their Complexity. Social Analysis, 54(1), pgs35-51.

Coxshall, W., 2005. From the Peruvian Reconciliation Commission to Ethnography: Narrative, Relatedness and Silence. Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 28(2), pp.203-222