ESWRA Listen

These recordings and podcasts give you the opportunity to listen - or listen again - to thought-provoking, interesting and valuable insights in social work research.

Watch presentations from the 8th European Conference on Social Work Research, Edinburgh 2018.

As part of ESWRA’s commitment to disseminating social work research, the Resources Group has been working with ESWRA members to make their conference presentations available. These will be valuable resources for those who would like to return to material, or for members who could not attend the presentation (or the conference). The first presentations are from at the 8th European Conference on Social Work Research in Edinburgh and are listed below, with links to their locations on Youtube. 

If you have presented at one of the ESWRA conferences and would like to make yours available to reach a wider audience, you can contact the Resources Group at address.

Effects of caseload reduction on case costs and redemption rate in s ocial assistance a shift of paradigm

by Miryam Eser Davolio, Milena Gehrig


Living in limbo: the reality of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) in Greece

by Marina Rota

Big data and social work: the potential for innovative research on risk factor

by Elizabeth Coulthard

Service user violence against social workers in Italy: prevalence and characteristics of the phenomenon

by Alessandro Sicora

Social Work Research and its Relevance to Practice: ‘The Gap between Research and Practice Continues to be Wide'

by Barbra Teater

The Naked Truth – Service user participation as radical knowledge production in a public organisation

by Erik Eriksson

The politics of social work: exploring emotional interest representation

by Joanne Warmer


The issue of interdisciplinarity has become wide spread in debates around scientific research, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. One of the main arguments in favour of interdisciplinarity is that the development of research relevant to problems in the real world often goes beyond disciplinary boundaries.

In her Professorial Lecture, ‘Social Work Research: Identity, Interdisciplinarity and Impact’. Elaine Sharland, Professor of Social Work Research, University of Sussex and the present chair of ESWRA, explores this theme and we are delighted that she is sharing it.

Professor Riki Savaya

We are glad to be able to offer to our friends and members the opportunity to listen Prof. Riki Savaya presentation to the 1st Social Work Research Conference in Italy. Riki Savaya is Professor of Social Work and was Director of the Bob Shapell School of Social work, Tel Aviv University. Riki Savaya’s presentation is particularly relevant as it introduces an interesting example of quantitative research in social work, exploring the productive connection between research, policies, and practice.

Associated article; Savaya, R., Bartov, Y.; Melamed, S.; Altschuler, D. (2016) ‘Predictors of Perceived Changes by Service Users: Working Alliance, Hope, and Burnout’ Social Work Research, Vol 40, issue 3, Sept 2016, p183-191.

ESWRA warmly thanks Riki for agreeing to share her work with our members.

Opening session ECSWR 2019 and Keynote speech by Koen Hermans - Human rights, social justice and social work research

by Koen Hermans

Social services 'disrupted' - The consequences of the restructuring of public social services on spatial justice and economic development

by Flavia Martinelli

Politics, Preoccupations, Pragmatics: A race/ethnicity redux for social work research

by Charlotte Williams OBE

How could a "capability approach" influence social work practice?

by Tania Burchardt

Social Work in Turbulent Times: Looking Back to See Ahead

by Dr Susan Kemp

Keynote starts at 07:40

Susan P. Kemp PhD is Professor of Social Work at the University of Auckland School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work and Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle. Her research interests focus on place, environment and community as foci of social work practice; low-income children, youth and families; public child welfare; and social work history and theory. Dr. Kemp’s scholarship is deeply informed by her practice experience as a community-based child welfare social worker in New Zealand and a consultant to urban community agencies in the United States. She is co-author of Person-Environment Practice: The Social Ecology of Interpersonal Helping (Aldine de Gruyter, 1997), and co-editor of The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequality and Transformation in Marginalized Communities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and Communities, Neighborhoods, and Health: Expanding the Boundaries of Place (Springer, 2011). Her current work engages questions related to urban environments, marginalized populations, and spatial justice, including social work’s early history of urban environmental activism. A founding member of Urban@UW, a transdisciplinary hub for urban research and practice, she also serves as national co-chair of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s Grand Challenge for Social Work, Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment.

Researching Identities on the Move: Narrative Methodologies and Creative Inquiry

by Professor Mekada Julia Graham

Keynote starts 04:55

Mekada J. Graham is Professor of Social Work and Chair currently working at California State University Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, USA. She was born in East London, England where she grew up and has lived most of her life. Her research interests span broad areas of contemporary issues on equality and social justice with a focus on ethnicities, ‘race’, gender, childhood studies, migration as well as reflective practice in social work education. She is currently working on a research project Global Perspectives on Social Work and Preventative Care Education Across Borders with University of Southeast Norway in Porsgrunn employing narrative inquiry approaches to social work education.

She has published widely in the UK and USA including a special issue on migration and social work with Professor Charlotte Williams, a Special Issue for the British Journal of Social Work entitled: ‘A World on the Move: Migration, Mobilities and Social Work’ in 2014. Two recent books - Social Work in a Diverse Society, published by Policy Press/University of Chicago Press co-authored with Professor Charlotte Williams. Her new book, Reflective Thinking in Social Work. Learning from Student Narratives (2017 Routledge) considers narrative research, self-inquiry and student narratives as learning stories.

Doing SW in a global and local context: the role of research

Professor Bill Whyte

Keynote starts 01:11:20

Bill Whyte has worked as a generic social work manager with special responsibility for managing court, adult and youth justice services; as a field social worker in the Lothians area of Scotland; and as a residential care worker in a former List D School. He became a Lecturer in Social Work in 1983, working part time for five years in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital as a social worker and later as an independent local authority chair of child protection. He established the first national Masters (MSc) programme in Advanced Social Work Studies in Criminal Justice (which ran from 1991-2008), which was funded by Scottish Government, when Scotland re-established specialist probation (criminal justice social work) provision. He was Director of the Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre for Scotland from 2001-2013,based at the University of Edinburgh, which was also funded by Scottish Government to promote research and best practice in criminal and youth justice social work.

Bill Whyte was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours List for services to youth justice.

Researching Social Work in Situations of Conflict: Transitional Challenges and Opportunities

by Dr Sahar Al-Makhamreh

Keynote starts 06:16

Sahar has been a lecturer on the BA social work programme at Al-Balqa Applied University /(BAU) Princess Rahma University College in Jordan since 2005. Sahar has also been a Head of Department and Assistant Dean for Developing and Planning at BAU. Dr Almakhamreh is one of the co-founders of the Jordanian Association of Social Workers. Sahar is also currently leading and managing the establishing of a Professional Diploma in social work with migration and refugees, and a Masters programme at the German Jordanian University. Dr Almakhamreh is a member of a Founding Committee, 'MENA Civil Society Network for Displacement –UNHCR, representing at Jordan higher Education at regional level. In addition, Sahar is a member of many national committees for developing national strategies and changing laws in Jordan. Furthermore, Dr Almakhamreh has worked and lead on many international projects in developing social work. Dr Sahar Almakhamereh has published widely internationally and continues to do so.

Rethinking the Idea of Evidence in Evidence‐based Policy & Practice

Highly acclaimed keynote address by Dr. Edward Mullen given to the 4th ECSWR in Bolzano. Dr Mullen is Professor Emeritus at Columbia University in the USA. You can also download the slides accompanying the address HERE.