Linda Bell is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Education. She has a background in anthropological research and has taught research methods to professional students at Middlesex University for a number of years. She has also been a researcher at King's College (London University), University College London and the London School of Economics (where she was previously a librarian).
Linda has researched various aspects of health, social care/social work and families. She is a member of the Middlesex University Social Policy Research Centre, and the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC). She is also a member of the British Sociological Association, the BSA Medical Sociology Group and the international Women's Workshop on Family/Household Qualitative Research, with which she has published several books. She is currently (June 2015) co-editing a special issue of the journal 'Women's Studies International Forum' with members of the Workshop.
Linda is a member of the European Network N Corp 'Professionals and Evidence Based Practice', led by Professor Bjorn Blom, University of Umeå, Sweden. She is currently researching social workers' use of knowledge and evidence in the UK, to link with these wider European-funded initiatives. In 2007 she gave an invited lecture/ seminar at Lulea Techniska Universitet, Dept of Work Sciences, Sweden, on social work, inter-professionalism and managerialism in the UK.
There is a projected edited book from N Corp members related to welfare professionals in Europe, (forthcoming 2016) chapter titled: Linda Bell, Maria Appel Nissen, Jorunn Vindegg (in press) The Construction of Professional Identity in Social Work – Time, Experience and Analytical Reflection. IN Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, Marek Perlinski (eds) The social care professions in Europe, Policy Press.
Linda continues to supervise doctoral students at Middlesex University. Previous doctoral supervision has included the following studies:
BSc (Hons) Anthropology. PhD Anthropology (London)
French, German, Italian, Spanish (basic), Russian (basic)
Linda leads module IPL 4001 Research Methods across different master's programmes in the School, including MA Social Work, Mental Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine and she contributes to other research methods teaching across the University.
In addition to doctoral supervision she has supervised master's dissertations in social work, mental health, Ayurvedic medicine & orthopaedic medicine, and final year projects in social work and complementary health.
Gender and feminist approaches to research
Research methods and methodology
Social work education and training
Inter-professional and professional identities
Anthropological methods/ ethnography
Social networks, social capital and social support
Culture and health, including complementary therapies
Bell, L (forthcoming, 2016) Research methods for social workers. London: Palgrave/ MacMillan
Bell, L & Hafford-Letchfield, T (eds) (2015) Ethics and values in social work practice. McGraw-Hill/ Open University Press
Chapters in edited books
Linda Bell, Maria Appel Nissen, Jorunn Vindegg (in press) The Construction of Professional Identity in Social Work - Time, Experience and Analytical Reflection. In Bjorn Blom, Lars Evertsson, Marek Perlinksi (eds) The Social Care Professions in Europe. Policy Press
Bell, L (2015) Ethics, values and social work identity/ies. In Bell, L & Hafford-Letchfield, T (eds) Ethics, values and social work practice. McGraw-Hill/ Open University Press
Bell, L (2013) Ethics and feminist research. In Hesse-Biber, Sharlene (ed) A feminist primer 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage
Bell, L (2012) Researching 'care', family and neighbourhood in Tehran, Iran. In Weller, S & Rogers, C (eds) Critical Approaches to Care: Understanding Caring Relations, Identities and Cultures. Routledge ISBN 9780415613293
Bell, L (2012) Public and Private Meanings in Diaries: Researching Family and Childcare. In Goodwin, John (ed) (2012) Sage Biographical Research Sage. ISBN 978-1-4462-4691-7
Bell, L and Nutt, L (2012) Divided loyalties, divided expectations: research ethics, professional and occupational responsibilities. In Mauthner, M et al, Ethics in Qualitative Research. 2nd revised edition. Sage
Miller, T and Bell, L (2012) Consenting To What? Issues Of Access, Gatekeeping and 'Informed' Consent. In Mauthner, M et al, Ethics in Qualitative Research, 2nd revised edition. Sage
Mauthner, M and Bell, L (2007) Power in research teams. Chapter 5, pp. 88 – 104 IN Gillies, V and Lucey, H (eds) Power, Knowledge and the Academy. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 1-4039-9817-5RR
Bell, L and Birch, M (2007) Interweaving academic and professional power in higher education. In Gillies, V and Lucey, H (eds) Power, Knowledge and the Academy. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 1-4039-9817-5
Refereed articles in Academic Journals
Chandler, J, Bell, L, Berg, E, Barry, J.J. (submitted) Social Work in Movement: Marketisation, Differentiation and Managerial Performativity in Sweden and England. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice
Foster, J, Bell, L and Serasinghe, N (2013) Care, control and collaborative working in a prison hospital wing. Journal of Interprofessional Care 27(2):184-90. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2012.730073
Bell, L & Clancy, C (2013) Postgraduate students learning about research: exploring the attitudes of social work and mental health students in an English university setting. Social work and Social Sciences Review, 16 (2): 37-50
Villadsen, A, Allain, L , Bell, L and Hingley-Jones, H (2012) The use of role-play and drama in interprofessional education: An evaluation of a workshop with social work, midwifery, early years and medical students. Social Work Education, 31 (1): 75-89 ISSN 0261-5479
Bell, L & Allain, L (2011) Exploring professional stereotypes and learning for interprofessional practice: an example from UK qualifying level social work education. Social Work Education 30 (3): 266-280 ISSN 0261-5479
Bell, L (2007) Training managers constructing their identities in English health and care agencies. Equal Opportunities International, 26 (4): 287-304
Caldwell, K, Coleman, K, Copp, G, Bell, L & Ghazi, F (2007) Preparing for professional practice: how well does professional training equip health and social care practitioners to engage in evidence-based practice? Nurse Education Today, 27: 518-528
Wright, M and Bell, L (2007) Neurasthenia, depression and traditional Chinese medicine: is an understanding of their relationship important for practising traditional Chinese medicine in the United Kingdom? Journal of Health, Social and Environmental issues, 8 (2): 35-42
Bryan, K, Axelrod L, Maxim, J, Bell, L and Jordan, L (2002) Working with older people with communication difficulties: an evaluation of care worker training. Aging & Mental Health, 6 (3): 248-254
Maxim, J, Bryan, K, Axelrod, L , Jordan L & Bell , L (2001) Speech and language therapists as trainers: enabling care staff working with older people. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 36, (Supplement): 194-199
Whittington, C and Bell, L (2001) Learning for interprofessional and inter-agency practice in the new social work curriculum: evidence from an earlier research study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 15, (2): 153-169
Bell, L. (1998) Evaluating Communicate: Organisational Issues and their Relevance for Clinical Evaluation (with Jordan, L., Bryan, K., Maxim, J and Newman, C.) in International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 33: 60-65. Supplement
Bell, L (1995) Just a token commitment? Women's involvement in a local babysitting circle. Women's Studies International Forum, 18: 3: 325-336 (Special issue) 'Women in families & households: qualitative research'
Whittington, Colin, Bell, Linda and Holland, Ray (1995) Research report on the CCETSW- King's College Project. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 9, no.3: 289-291
Bell, L and Ribbens, J (1994) Isolated housewives and complex maternal worlds: the significance of social contacts between women with young children in industrial societies. Sociological Review, 42, (2), May: 227-262.
Other refereed articles:
James Thorburn, Ming Cheng, Linda Bell, Ellie Yan, Celia Bell (2014) Patients' attitudes towards traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine in Mainland China and Hong Kong: A mixed methods study. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 01/2013; 5(6): 578
Bell, C, Bell, L, Chevallier, A, McDermott, A and Adams, R (2003) Herbalism and Osteoarthritis; a study investigating herbal treatment outcomes, patient and practitioner viewpoints. FACT 8 (4) 480 Abs 10th Annual Symposium Complementary Health Care, London, November 2003
Jordan, L., Bell, L., Bryan, K., and Maxim, J (1999) Learning from Communicate Speech and Language Therapy in Practice, Summer issue, pp. 18-21
Bell, Linda (1999) Equipping carers with tools for effective communication CAIPE Bulletin, (16),10-11 ISSN 1350-9160
Took, Mike and Bell, Linda (1998) Voices of experience: users and carers partners in post-qualifying IPE [Interprofessional Education] CAIPE Bulletin, (15), 12 - 13 ISSN 1350-9160.
Refereed and published conference proceedings
Bell, L (2008) Practising knowledge: 'academic-practitioners' narratives of career and identity. In Berg, E, Barry, J, Piippola, S & Chandler, J (eds) Dilemmas of identity, New Public Management & Governance. Research report. Lulea University of Technology, Dept of Human Work Sciences ISSN 1402 -1528
Bell, L (2004) Time to train, time to care? Reflections on aspects of time and training in health and social care agencies. In Radcliffe, J, Dent, M, Suckling, S and Morgan, L (eds) Dilemmas for Human Services 2003. A Post NPM World? Ethics and Risk in a Changing Environment.
Ryan, Peter and Edwards, Mike and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Bell, Linda and Carr, Sarah and Jeewa, Sid (2016) Research on the experience of staff with disabilities within the NHS workforce. In: Centre for Ideas (Cfi) Annual Conference: Diversity, 19 May 2016, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.
Bell, Linda and Lewis-Brooke, Sarah and Herring, Rachel and Lehane, Lynne and O'Farrell-Pearce, Siobhan and Quinn, Karen and So, Theresa (2016) Mothers’ voices: hearing and assessing the contributions of ‘birthmothers’ to the development of social work interventions and family support. In: 6th European Social Work Research Conference - Reflective social work practices in contemporary societies: crossed dialogues and new pathways between praxis and research, 30 Mar - 1 Apr 2016, Lisbon, Portugal.
Bell, Linda and Lewis-Brooke, Sarah and Herring, Rachel and Lehane, Lynne and O'Farrell-Pearce, Siobhan and Quinn, Karen and So, Theresa (2015) Mothers apart: working with birth mothers who have had children successively and permanently removed from their care. In: 5th European Social Work Research Conference, 22-24 Apr 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Bell, Linda and Villadsen, Aase (2010) The contribution of tutor groups to social work education: an evaluative study. Project Report. Middlesex University.
Bell, Linda and Nissen, Maria Appel and Vindegg, Jorunn Identities, knowledge and values in professional [social work] education and practice. In: The social care professions in Europe. Policy Press, Bristol. (Accepted/In press)
Currently (2015) Linda is involved in the following funded projects: