Dr Isabelle Brodie

Senior Research Fellow


I first came to the University of Bedfordshire in 1994, and worked as a full-time researcher – and part-time PhD student - in the Department of Applied Social Studies until 2003.

I then left to work first at Birkbeck College and then the National Children’s Bureau.

I returned to the University in 2007 to work part-time as a researcher in the Institute of Applied Social Research, followed by some time in Education Studies and a return to the Safer Young Lives Research Centre (formerly the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking).


  • MA (Hons Sociology) University of Aberdeen 1993
  • PhD (University of Luton) 1999
    • Thesis title: Re-defining the problem: The exclusion from school of children living in children's homes.

Teaching Expertise

  • I have taught at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, from access courses to doctoral study.
  • I have experience of examining PhDs externally, and was external examiner for the MA Child Studies programme at King’s College, University of London (2014-2018). I provide annual guest lectures to King’s College and Middlesex University.
  • I provide teaching input to undergraduate and MA taught units, and the Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People’s Services.
  • I have supervised eight Professional Doctorates and two PhDs to successful completion. I am currently Director of Studies for two doctoral students, and second supervisor for a further student.

Research Interests

I am an experienced researcher and have worked on a wide range of research projects relating to different aspects of child welfare, including children and young people in care, education, youth offending, safeguarding and child exploitation.  I am experienced in applying a variety of research methods and approaches.

  • Children in need and children in care
  • Educational experiences of children in need and children in care
  • Child exploitation, especially as this affects children in care
  • Children missing from and excluded from school
  • Research methodology in applied research, including evaluation.

Research Projects (Last Five Years)

  • 2018 – researcher, evaluation of the Centre for Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse
  • 2017-18 – researcher, responsible for literature review on joint UoB/IOM research into human trafficking into the UK from Albania, Vietnam and Nigeria.
  • 2017 – principal researcher, evaluation of Level Trust (Luton based charity providing support for the educational wellbeing of children living in poverty).
  • 2015-2017 - Senior Research Fellow (.5) – responsible for research into the participation of young people in services relating to child sexual exploitation, International Centre: Researching Child
  • 2014 Joint researcher (with Dr Kate D’Arcy) research into the abuse of children living in residential care and internationally (funded by SOS Children’s Villages International)
  • 2013/14 Joint principal investigator (with Dr Cherilyn Dance), research into out of area placements for London’s children in care (funded by London Councils)
  • 2013 Consultant, piloting of the University of Bedfordshire’s Assessment Checklist on Child Sexual Exploitation for the Scottish Executive (funded by the Scottish Executive)
  • 2013/14 Senior Researchers, Evaluation of the Families and Communities Against Child Sexual Exploitation project (funded by Barnardo’s)

External Roles

  • Local and national presentations relating to research interests identified above
  • Reviewer, Child Abuse Review; Safer Communities; Child and Family Social Work; Children and Society

Internal Roles

Publications (Last Five Years)

  • Racher, A. and Brodie, I. (2020) Joining the dots? Tackling child exploitation during Covid-19. Journal of Children's Services.
  • Allen, K., Botcherby, S., Brodie, I., Holmes, D., Preston, O, and Trend, L. (2020) The CSA Centre: Final Evaluation Report. Available at: https://www.csacentre.org.uk/about-us/the-csa-centre-evaluation/
  • Brodie, I. (2018) The Level Trust Project: Final Report. Luton: University of Bedfordshire.
  • Brodie, I. and Pearce, J. (2017) ‘Violence against children in alternative care in alternative care internationally: reviewing the evidence’, Psychology, Health and Medicine, 22, 1, special issue.
  • Warrington, C. and Brodie, I. (2017) ‘Developing participatory practice and culture in CSE services’ in H. Beckett and J. Pearce (eds) Understanding and Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation. London: Routledge.
  • Brodie, I., D'Arcy, K., Harris, J.P., Roker, D., Shuker, L. and Pearce, J.J., 2016. The participation of young people in child sexual exploitation services: A scoping review of the literature. University of Bedfordshire.
  • Brodie, I. (2016) ‘Vulnerable children in the early years’ in E. Slaughter (ed) Quality Practice in the Early Years. Sage.

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1234 743040
E: isabelle.brodie@beds.ac.uk
Office: P1.15 Bedford campus
Office hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm and Thursdays 9.30-11.30am (or by appointment)


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