Claire Mason is a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, having previously worked for the University as a Lecturer in Social Work between 2006 and 2013.
A qualified social worker, before holding an academic post Claire practised in the fields of social care and community development for ten years. In keeping with her main area of interest, this experience was largely with children and families. Her work is positioned at the interface between academia and social work practice; Claire is committed to ensuring research is utilised and translated into practice.
Claire is a qualitative researcher who has worked on a wide range of projects at a local regional and national level. She recently served as senior qualitative researcher on a Nuffield Foundation funded study examining the issue of Recurrent Care Proceedings. She is particularly interested in innovative practices to support families who are in receipt of compulsory State intervention.
Claire is now working as part of the Nuffield FJO development team with a particular focus on engagement. From 2019 she will be Co-Investigator on the special interest project, 'Infants in the family justice system'.