Mr. Tom Henri

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Social Work and Social Work Assessment Tutor
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Mr. Tom Henri

Tom Henri studied sociology, social policy and social work at the University of Southampton.  He then worked as a social worker, youth justice worker and a social work educator before taking up a lectureship at Goldsmiths, University of London.  His academic and research interests include the construction of youth as a problem, racisms, substance misuse, and how discourses of social class and nationality both inform and are reproduced by and through social work and social policy.

Tom is an active member of the Social work Action Network (SWAN). He writes occasional articles for the Guardian and His current research focus is on critical alcohol studies.

Academic qualifications

MSc Social Work

MPhil/PhD Sociology (pending)


I teach a range of topics and modules on both the BA and MA Social Work.

Areas of supervision

Critical theory, identity, substance misuse, working with perpetrators, youth offending.

Presentations and exhibitions

Tom's blog can be found at


Communities surviving, striving and thriving - a day of dialogue and action, 20 February 2014 at Goldsmiths, University of London

Return to the Street, 27-28 June 2012 at Goldsmiths, University of London

Papers presented

Henri (2013) the King stay the King SWAN Conference, London Southbank University

Dinham and Henri (2010) Radical Thinking in Consensual Contexts in Social Work Policy and Practice, 8th ESPAnet Conference, Budapest

Henri (2010) Community Cohesion and Young People in East Leeds, Race, Ethnicity and  Post-Colonial Studies, London School of Economics

Henri and Thomas (2009) Young People, Community Cohesion and the 'Death of Multiculturalism' Race in the Modern World, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research Interests

Anti-discriminatory practice, anti-oppressive practice, community cohesion, ideology, the mixed economy of welfare, multiculturalism, new public management, radical social work, racisms, structural social work, young people, youth justice.


Edited Book

Henri, Tom and Fuggle, Sophie, eds. 2015. Return to the Street. London: Pavement Books. ISBN 9780957147058

Book Section

Henri, Tom. 2015. Imbibing neoliberalism. In: Tom Henri and Sophie Fuggle, eds. Return to the Street. London: Pavement Books, pp. 219-230. ISBN 978-0957147058

Taylor, J.D.. 2015. 'We Hate Humans': Some Problems in Reading the 2011 English Riots Within a Recent History of Working Class Violence. In: Sophie Fuggle and Tom Henri, eds. Return to the Street, ed. Sophie Fuggle and Tom Henri. London: Pavement Books, Chapter 6. ISBN 978-0957147058


Henri, Tom. 2013. The borders of booze Britain: alcohol controls and nationality. Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 8(1), pp. 36-45. ISSN 2158-2041

Henri, Tom and Hutnyk, John. 2013. Contexts for Distraction. Journal for Cultural Research, ISSN 1479-7585

Henri, Tom and Thomas, Paul. 2010. Changing Directions: Young people and effective work against racism. Journal of Youth Studies, 14(1), pp. 77-89. ISSN 1367-6261


Green, Roger; Henri, Tom; Campbell, Jim and Greaves, Bethan. 2014. Putting Food On The Table. Understanding Food Poverty: Exploring Food Bank Use In Lewisham. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London, London.