Dr Luke Cartwright

Lecturer and Social Work Admissions Tutor

Faculty of Health Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 463173

Luke is an experienced lecturer who teaches on the Creative Care and Social Enterprise degree and the Social Work programmes (MA and BA).  His research interests include problematic drug use and its impact on the family.



Research Interests

  • Substance use and the impact on the family


Cartwright, L. (2017) ‘Supporting Students to use Social Media and Comply with Professional Standards’, Social Work Education, doi:10.1080/02615479.2017.1372409

Cartwright, L. (2017) ‘Researching Difficult-to-Reach and Vulnerable Groups Using Grounded Theory Methods’, SAGE Research Methods Cases

Cartwright, L., Reid, M., Hammersley, R. and Walley R. (2016) ‘Barriers to increasing the physical activity of people with intellectual disabilities’, British Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, DOI:10.1111/bid.12175

Cartwright, L. (2015) ‘Respite and repair: how mothers of incarcerated long-term problematic drug users make prison work for them’, Journal of Substance Use, 21 (4), 439 – 443

Cartwright, L., Reid, M., Hammersley, R., Blackburn, C. and Glover, L. (2014) ‘Food choices by people with intellectual disabilities at day centres: A qualitative study’, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19 (2), 103- 115



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Social Work and Society (level 4)

  • Working with Young Offenders (level 6)

  • Managing Substance Use (level 7)

  • Working with Young Offenders (level 7)

Research PhDs

Dr Cartwright welcomes applications in

  • Problematic substance use

  • Youth offending


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Criminology, First

  • MA Social Work, Distinction

  • PhD Criminology

External roles

  • External examiner for Birmingham City University

  • External Examiner for The Open University