Jez Buffin

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Eden Building, ER317

+44 (0) 1772 89 5408

Jez has a background in law and social work. He qualified as a social worker in 1991. He has practiced in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, homelessness and learning disability. Since coming to the University in 2000 he has specialised in practice near research using participatory and community engagement methodologies.

Jez is research active within the area of social work and social policy and is a member of the Centre for Citizenship and Community.

He teaches on the BA Social Work, MA Social Work and BA Community and Social Care programmes.

Research Activities

Since coming to the University in 2000, Jez has specialised in practice near research using participatory and community engagement methodologies. He has managed programmes of work with a range of so called 'hard to reach' communities including:

  • Black and minority ethnic groups
  • Faith groups, including Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist groups
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered groups
  • Travellers
  • Older people
  • Offenders
  • Mental health service users
  • Substance misusers
  • People with learning disabilities

Such programmes have taken place in a number of different domains including substance misuse, mental health, the prevention of violent extremism, regeneration and the reduction of health and social inequalities.

Key national partners have included the Care Quality Commission, the People’s Health Trust, the Home Office, the Department of Health, Victim Support, MENCAP, the General Medical Council and Kidney Research UK. Regional and local partners have included, among others, the Greater London Authority, Hackney Metropolitan Council, Trafford Metropolitan Council, LGBT Foundation, NHS Leeds and Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.



Buffin, Jez, Lawrence, Evan Jean   and Mirza, Selman (2018) An Evaluation of the You Matter Radicalisation Awareness Programme. Technical Report. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Buffin, Jez and Reeves, Matthew (2018) An Evaluation of the Challenge through Sport Initiative. Documentation. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Buffin, Jez, Little, Robert Matthew, Jain, Neerja and Warrens, Anthony N. (2015) A Peer Outreach Initiative to Increase the Registration of Minorities as Organ Donors. Clinical Kidney Journal .

Buffin, Jez (2014) The Benefits of the Community Sports Initiative: An evaluation of a 6 month pilot programme to enhance recovery among problematic drug and alcohol users. Project Report. University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire.

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  • MA (Module), Realist Evaluation, Leeds University, 2010
  • MA, Social Work, Lancaster University 1991
  • LLB, Law, Lancaster University, 1986


  • DMS , Diploma in Management Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1996
  • CQSW, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Lancaster University, 1991


Member of NICE Community Engagement Programme Development Group (2007-2008)

Chair of Young Persons Task Group, Manchester Drug Action Team (1998 - 2000)

Research Activities

Jez has led on a number of practice near research projects using participatory and community engagement methodologies to engage 'hard to reach' communities in research programmes in difficult or taboo subject areas. Such programmes have included two large scale national community engagement programmes on behalf of the the Department of Health, one in the field of substance misuse and one as part of Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care.

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