Assistant Professor

Trinity and All Saints University College, UK (2000 - 2003)
BA (Hons) in Psychology and Media

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2006 - 2008)
MA Social Work

British University In Dubai
Candidate of PhD in Education (2020- current)



August 2016- Present: Zayed University, Abu Dhabi (UAE). Assistant Professor, College of Natural and Health Sciences

April 2013 - January 2015: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (UK), Principal Social Worker, Contact and Assessment Team

July 2012- April 2013: London Borough of Hounslow (UK), Senior Social Worker, Children in Care Team

Jan 2012 - May2012: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (UK), After Care Team

April 2009 - Jan 2012: Manchester (UK) City Council, Children’s Services


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF2.2.016


+971 2 5993831

Teaching Areas

A UK qualified social worker with 8 years of experience spanning implantation of social work policy and legal frameworks, primarily working within children and family services in the child protection domain, incorporating assessments, case management, formulating recommendations, supporting court proceedings and applying legal frameworks to complex cases. Previously worked closely with police and law enforcement agencies, local authorities, schools, voluntary and support organisations, charities and government bodies. Strong background in mentoring trainee social workers and managing teams.Specific expertise in child development, child protection and domestic violence concerns. 

Research and Professional Activities

Currently a candidate in PhD in Education with a specialisation in Special Needs.

Specific interest in Third Culture Kids and migration within the UAE.


  • Ali, T and Dillon, A. Narratives of Third Culture Mothers- an exploration of the multilingual identities of Third Culture Families (TCFs) using the Collage Life Elicitation Technique. (Under Review at the Qailitative Report)

  • Dillon, A. and Ali, T. Global nomads, cultural chameleons, strange ones or immigrants? An exploration of TCK terminology with reference to the United Arab Emirates. Research in International Education- published April 2019

  • Dillon, A. and Ali, T. A critical review of the terminology around Third Culture Kids in the context of international migration. Paper presentation SWSD 2018 - Social Work, Education and Social Development, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland, 3-7 July (submitted 8th November 2017).

  •  Dillon, A and Ali T. A critical review of TCK terminology in the context of 'Thirdness. Paper presented at Families in Global Transition conference, Bangkok, 2019.

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