Julia Rooney

Position: Senior Lecturer and Fieldwork Coordinator for Youth & Community Work
School: Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
E- mail:  jrooney@cardiffmet.ac.uk 
Telephone:​02920 416504
Room No:Q001



  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Professional Advisory Group for Youth & Community Work – member
  • Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth & Community Work (PALYCW)
  • Interim Youth Work Board for Wales – Youth Work Is Valued and Understood strategic participation group member
  • Streetgames network member
  • Doing Something Different/Princes Trust network member
  • Girls Rights Network Wales member
  • Volunteering Wales Youth Network member

Research Interests

Julia has a keen interest in critical pedagogy, transformational learning, children's rights and participatory community development with young people.


Julia is a professionally qualified Youth and Community worker with many years experience as a youth and community work practitioner.  Julia has worked at grassroots levels with children, young people and their families in a variety of health, social services, outdoor, residential, school-based and community settings.  In addition, Julia has held strategic roles developing a culture of participation with decision makers across the public sector ensuring children, young people and communities participate in decision making processes.

Julia has been teaching at Cardiff Met. since September 2008.  Firstly as an Associate Tutor then latterly as a full-time lecturer for the Youth and Community work programmes spanning Widening Access, Foundation and degree levels.

Julia is currently the Fieldwork Co-ordinator across all levels of study and an External Examiner for DeMontfort University (2016-2021).

Julia is particularly proud of the work undertaken on behalf of the NSPCC and BAWSO supporting young women to develop an awareness raising campaign on girls rights and harmful traditional practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Entitled Voices over Silence, young women aimed to educate, challenge and ultimately eradicate FGM by initiating conversations with other young people, communities and decision makers.