Dr. Mark Taylor

Staff details

Position Head of Social Work Partnerships
Email M.Taylor (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7717 2767

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)


Research Interests

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

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


Taylor, Mark. 2018. Understanding stories of professional formation during early childhood education and care practice placements. Irish Educational Studies, 37(2), pp. 227-241. ISSN 0332-3315

Taylor, Mark. 2017. Objects, Places and Stories of Transformative Youth Work. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 17(1), pp. 17-27. ISSN 1393-7022

Taylor, Mark. 2017. Objects and Nurturing Young People’s Storytelling. Social Dialogue, 16(1), pp. 19-20. ISSN 2221-352X

Taylor, Mark. 2015. Competence and Irish Social Care Practice: Divergent Policy Narratives. Social Protection of Child, 15(1), pp. 8-18. ISSN 1453-393X

Taylor, Mark. 2015. Competence and Irish Social Care Practice: Divergent Policy Narratives. Social Protection of Child/Protectia sociala a copilului, 17(1), pp. 8-18. ISSN 1453-939X


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