Ms Roz Warden
The PhD project explores the role of Islam and Islamic identity as a resource within a social work context. The focus is upon a case study of a grassroots voluntary-sector faith-based welfare organisation which provides services to the Muslim community. The research seeks to explore the salience of faith within service provision and the impact of such faith-orientated services as perceived by the service users. The fieldwork has involved interviewing the staff members, volunteers, referring agencies and service users of the organisation, aiming to elicit in-depth perspectives and insights. The findings aim to inform providers in multiple sectors of how welfare services may be augmented to increasingly meet the needs of diverse, multicultural and multi-faith communities in contemporary society.
March 2012 [Forthcoming]: ‘The Function of Faith within an Islamic Welfare Organisation: Meaning, Significance and Implications’, BSA SocRel Religion and (In)Equalities Conference, Chester University.
November 2011: ‘The Role of Religion within an Islamic FBO: Findings from an Empirical Case Study’ BSA SocRel Study Day, Imperial Wharf.
September 2011: ‘An Ethnography of Islamic Social Work: Early Fieldwork Findings’, Beyond Belief Conference, University of Bradford.
March 2011: ‘An Ethnography of Islamic Social Work: Early Findings from the Field’, European Conference for Social Work Research, Oxford University.
Jan 2010- present: Doctoral student in Religious and Theological Studies, Cardiff University. Recipient of a Cardiff University ‘Jameel Scholarship.’
2008- 2009: MA Islam in Contemporary Britain, Cardiff University. Dissertation title: ‘Islam and Social Services: A Case Study.’
2004 - 2007: BA (Hons) Religious & Theological Studies, Cardiff University.
Roz is also a seminar tutor for the undergraduate modules Religion, Culture and Society I & II.