Department of Education

Shirley Lewis

Research Officer

Shirley is working on the evaluation of the Bright Spots project, which explores the subjective well-being of children in care. She is also working on the evaluation of Regional Adoption Agencies.

Shirley recently completed her thesis at Coventry University, on birth parents’ experiences of adoption from care, including their understanding of consent. She has also worked as a social worker in local authority children and family teams and voluntary agencies.


Lewis, S. and Brady, G. (2018) ‘Parenting Under Adversity: Birth Parents’ Accounts of Inequality and Adoption’. Social Sciences [online] 7 (12), 257. available from <>

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