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Dr Maria-Ines Martinez Herrero

School of Health and Social Care
Dr Maria-Ines Martinez Herrero



I am a social work lecturer and have been teaching social work and research methods at UK universities (Durham, Northumbria, Essex) since 2011. However, I am originally from Spain, where I qualified and gained working experience as a social worker, as well as an undergraduate + postgraduate Psychology degree. The topic of my PhD (Durham University, UK) was human rights and social justice in social work education in England and Spain and my research revolves around these 3 areas: - human rights, social justice and social work education-, drawing on critical, international, comparative and historical perspectives. I welcome PhD student applications to work with me in any of these areas. In 2020, I was elected as a member of the board of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) and I am part of research networks/groups in England and Spain. I am also a member of the UK critical and radical Social Work Action Network (SWAN). I believe I bring to the Essex social work programmes and the Essex School of Health & Social Care a truly international perspective on social work practice and research, alongside a great deal of enthusiasm for working in partnership with students, colleagues and social work stakeholders in my role.


  • PhD Social Work Durham University, (2017)

  • MA Social Research Methods Durham University, (2011)

  • Undergraduate & Postgraduate degree [Licenciatura] Psychology National University of Distance Education, (2014)

  • Undergraduate degree [Diplomatura] Social Work Complutense University of Madrid, (2009)


University of Essex

  • Social Work Lecturer, Centre for Social Work, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (1/8/2018 - present)

Other academic

  • Social Work Lecturer, Social Work, Education, and Community Wellbeing, Northumbria University (15/3/2015 - 24/7/2018)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Realising Criminal Records: Exploring the role criminal records play in decision-making about admissions to social work programmes in England

European Conference for Social Work Research 2021, Bucharest, Romania, 5/5/2021

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Social Work Theory and Methods (HS650)

  • Introduction to Law and Social Policy (HS191)

  • Legislation, Regulation and Ethics for Practice (HS292)

  • Practice Placement 1 (HS654)


Journal articles (8)

Martinez Herrero, MI., Facing a dark and unknown chapter of the history of social work in Spain: Social work in times of Franco’s eugenics and stolen babies. Social Dialogue. Web magazine of the International Association of Schools of Social Work

Martinez Herrero, M. and Charnley, H., (2021). Resisting neoliberalism in social work education: learning, teaching and performing human rights and social justice in England and Spain. Social Work Education. 40 (1), 44-57

Martinez Herrero, MI. and Charnley, H., (2019). Human Rights and Social Justice in Social Work Education: A Critical Realist Comparative Study of England and Spain. European Journal of Social Work. 22 (2), 225-237

Martinez Herrero, MI. and Nicholls, J., (2017). Beyond Legalism in Turbulent Times: Re-grounding UK Social Work in a Richer International Human Rights Perspective. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. 2 (3), 74-85

Martínez Herrero, MI., (2017). El Trabajo Social en Inglaterra: ¿el principio y fin de una profesión para la justicia social?. Cuadernos de Trabajo Social. 30 (2), 343-355

Ioakimidis, V., Santos, CC. and Herrero, IM., (2014). Reconceptualizing social work in times of crisis: An examination of the cases of Greece, Spain and Portugal. International Social Work. 57 (4), 285-300

Martinez Herrero, MI., Ioakimidis, V. and Cruz Santos, C., (2014). Reconceptualizando el trabajo social en Europa del sur: El retorno de la política “en tiempos de malestares”. Servicios Sociales y Política Social. XXXI (106), 11-24

Ioakimidis, V., Martinez-Herrero, I., Yanardağ, U., Farrugia Bennett, C. and Teloni, D., (2013). Austerity and social work in Europe: listening to the voices of resistance. Critical and Radical Social Work. 1 (2), 253-261

Book chapters (2)

Martinez Herrero, M. and Ioakimidis, V., (2020). Las “historias oscuras” del trabajo social y su importancia desde el enfoque de derechos humanos. In: Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible desde una perspectiva de los Derechos Humanos, el Trabajo Social y la Comunicación. Editors: Herranz de la Casa, JM. and Gómez Ciriano, EJ., . Tirant lo Blanch. 185- 206. 9788413782089

Martinez Herrero, M. and Crossley, S., (2019). Pobreza, familias “problemáticas” y trabajo social en Reino Unido: deconstruyendo la manipulación mediática y construyendo una práctica enraizada en los derechos humanos y la justicia social. In: Imagen, Estigma y Derechos Humanos: Claves Para Abordar la Vulnerabilidad y la Exclusión Social Desde el Trabajo Social y la comunicación.. Editors: Gomez Ciriano, EJ., . Tirant lo Blanch. 167- 201

Reports and Papers (2)

Harms-Smith, L., Martinez Herrero, MI. and et al., (2019). Social Work and Human Rights: The International Context. BASW (British Association of Social Workers) human rights guide.

Harms-Smith, L., Martinez Herrero, MI. and et al., (2019). Social Work and Human Rights: A Practice Guide. BASW (British Association of Social Workers) human rights guide.

Grants and funding



British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

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