Jim had a career in statutory addictions services for eleven years before moving into the voluntary sector for several years. Since moving into higher education he has largely been involved in graduate and post graduate social work programmes. He has diverse teaching responsibilities and research interests. He has undertaken systematic reviews in relation to complementary therapies and problem gambling, primary research in care homes, reviews of the role of social work in responding to gambling problems, and research with students in relation to digital literacies.
After previously completing a masters degree in health sciences research Jim is currently in the final stages of a Phd which involves both ethnographic research with problem gamblers and with Gamblers Anonymous meetings; and analysis of gambling policy.
Jim is co author of two textbooks for social work students: Social Work in a Digital Society, and Social Work with Adults (SAGE).