Dr. Mark Taylor

Mark has experience working with child mental health, adults with learning disabilities, and child protection.

Staff details


Head of Social Work Partnerships


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


M.Taylor (@gold.ac.uk)

Dr Mark Taylor has worked as a social worker in British and Irish social work settings (e.g. child mental health, adults with learning disabilities, child protection). Dr Taylor joined Goldsmiths in October 2015, having taught in higher education in the Republic of Ireland since 2006. Dr Taylor is interested in becoming a partner in European and international collaborative projects, in the areas of:

  • social work with young people,
  • social work and a sense of place,
  • social work and creativity,
  • social work competence,
  • social work narratives.

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Studies (1991) (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (1991)
  • MSc (Social Policy & Planning) (1994) (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
  • PhD (Social Policy & Administration) (2004) (LSE)
  • MA (Learning & Teaching) (2014) (Waterford Institute of Technology)


Social Policy; Social Work Approaches; Narrative Analysis

Areas of supervision

Social Professional Formation; Working with Marginalised Young People and Families. 

Featured publications

  • Taylor, M. 2016. (forthcoming) Wicked Problems and Social Professional Competence. In MCTAGGART, B. (ed.) Wicked Problems and Youth in Europe.
  • Taylor, M. 2015. Threshold Concepts in Irish Early Childhood Education and Care Practice Placements. International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care, 3 (1), pp 46-57. ISSN 2051-6223. 
  • Taylor, M. 2015. What Early Childhood Students Find 'Troublesome' During Practice Placements. Aishe-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 7 (2), ISSN 2009-3160.
  • Taylor, M. (ed) 2015. European Journal of Social Education. Vol. 26/27. ISSN 1810-4789.

Grants, awards and media appearances

  • Taylor, M & McDonald, S. 2015. President’s Research Bursary: ‘Trade Unionisation and the Early Childhood Care & Education Sector’. €27,638. IT Sligo.
  • Taylor, M. & Share, P. 2013-2016. HEI Interprofessional module – co-created by marginalized youth, practitioners and students. €63,000. European Commission.
  • Taylor, M. 2013. President’s Research Bursary: ‘Social pedagogy in Ireland and Scotland: Concepts, opportunities and constraints’. €17,738. IT Sligo.
  • Share, P. & Taylor, M. 2011-2013. Strengthening Inter-Disciplinary and Inter-Organisational Practice towards Social Inclusion in Europe.  €18.000. European Commission. 

Professional activities

FESET (Formation d'Educateurs Sociaux Européens / European Social Educator Training), Executive Board Member (2012-2016)

Chief Editor: European Journal of Social Education (2014-16)


Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Taylor, Mark. 2016. Wicked Problems and Social Professional Competence. In: Perry Share; Tamsin Cavaliero and Breda McTaggart, eds. Wicked Problems and Young People: Co-creative teaching for the social professions. Sligo, Ireland: Institute of Technology, Sligo, pp. 9-20. ISBN 9781907592058


Moseley, Akilah; Taylor, Mark; Wilson, Sophia; Mazumdar, Salil Meech; Rowaiye, Celestina and Law, Agnes. 2024. Reflections from Members of a Collaborative Social Work Practitioner–Academic Research Team Investigating the Career Progression Experiences of Black Social Workers. Critical and Radical Social Work, ISSN 2049-8608

Taylor, Mark. 2024. How Practising Social Workers Benefit from Teaching Social Work Students in University Classrooms. Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479

Taylor, Mark; Abrol, Shalini; Frieslaar, Sharon and Taylor, Corlea. 2024. A Workforce Development Team’s Reflections on Social Work Retention and Turnover in South-East London, UK. Journal of Social Care,


Taylor, Mark. 2022. Knowledge Briefing: Social Policy and Social Workers. Technical Report. Practice Supervisor Development Programme, Dartington Hall, Totnes.

Taylor, Mark; Hughes, Rachel; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. Appendix B Teaching Consultant Research. Project Report. South East London Teaching Partnership.

Research Interests

Social Work with Young People & Families; Experience of Everyday Life in Social Professional Work Spaces; Narrative Methodology