Professor Jan Fook

Jan Fook was born and raised in Australia, but in the later part of her career has worked in the UK, Norway and Canada. She is currently Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy at Leeds Trinity University. She was recently Professor of Education (Critical Reflection) in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St Georges, University of London, and before that Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

Prior to this she was Professor of Professional Practice Research and Director of the Interprofessional Institute at the South West London Academic Network (Royal Holloway, St Georges (University of London) and Kingston University). She has also held professorial positions at the University of Southampton, Diakonjhemmet College (Oslo) and La Trobe and Deakin Universities in Australia. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). Originally trained as a social worker, she has been an academic for 35 years. Her earlier work was mainly in the arena of critical social work, focusing on how critical theory and perspectives can be used as a model for social work practice. She has long been an exponent of how critical social theories can be better applied in social work practice.

She now works particularly with critical reflection, based on social science and critical theory, developed for working with professionals. She is working on developing this both theoretically and through research. She travels extensively providing training in critical reflection. Her 14 books include: Social Work: A Critical Approach to Practice (Sage), Practising Critical Reflection (with Fiona Gardner, Open University Press) and (with Fiona Gardner) Critical Reflection in Context: Specific Applications in Health and Social Care (Routledge). There is a forthcoming edited volume on research and critical reflection with Routledge. She edits a series with Palgrave Macmillan (“Practice Theory in Context”).