European Social Work Research Association Publication Series


The Research in Social Work book series, published in association with Policy Press, is a world leading and researchbased collection for social work academics, researchers, and practitioners. With a unique contribution to the academic and professional development of social work in Europe, the series examines current, progressive, and innovative research applications of familiar ideas and models in social work research.

Find out more about the series and how to submit a proposal here at Policy Press.

ESWRA members can order any title in the series at a discount Please visit the members only dashboard for the code.

“Opens the door to research for social work practitioners and both intending and experienced researchers.” Roger Smith, Durham University.

Latest publications

Migration and Social Work: Approaches, Visions and Challenges by Edited by Emilio José Gómez-Ciriano, Elena Cabiati and Sofia Dedotsi

With cross-cultural perspectives from eight European countries, this book provides much-needed research on migration and social work. Focusing on the experiences and integration of refugees and asylum seekers, the text considers the impact of EU policies on borders and integration, and the rise of racism across European societies.

“An inspiring, critical and timely book on social work facing migration and asylum. The authors bring an enormous amount of expertise and unique but intertwined perspectives and lessons from different countries across Europe.” María Inés Martínez Herrero, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja

Find out more about the book here.

When Social Workers Impact Policy and Don’t Just Implement It: A Framework for Understanding Policy Engagement by John Gal and Idit Weiss-Gal

Rather than being seen simply as social policy implementors, in recent decades there has been recognition of the unique insights that social workers can bring to policy formulation. This book offers a theoretical framework for understanding why social workers engage in policy, and the implications for research, education and practice.

“This book explores the opportunities, environments and motivations that affect how social workers can influence policy at national, local and organizational levels. Educators, students and professionals should read this book that signposts the actions that could have an impact on political discourse and policy decisions.” Annamaria Campanini, President, IASSW

Find out more about the book here.

The Origins of Social Care and Social Work: Creating a Global Future by Mark Henrickson

Acknowledging the religious influences in social work’s roots, Mark Henrickson proposes that it need not be constrained by it. Addressing current debates in international social work about the relevance of different perspectives, this book will allow practitioners and scholars to create a global future of social work.

“A journey into religious and social history – Mark Henrickson provides insightful analysis of the origins of social work and raises important questions about its practice in the future. Brilliant, readable, accessible.” Peter Elliott, Vancouver School of Theology

Find out more about the book here.

Social Work Research Using Arts-Based Methods Edited by Ephrat Huss and Eltje Bos

In the first dedicated analysis of its kind, international experts review the rationale and results of arts-based approaches to research, teaching, and practice in social work. The book presents examples of their use and methods to evaluate and theorise results and shows how arts can form outputs from research too.


“This enjoyable read offers multiple perspectives on arts-based social work research and makes a strong case for its validity, balanced with critique and caution.” Shelley Cohen Konrad, University of New England

Find out more about the book here.

Critical Gerontology for Social Workers Edited by Sandra Torres and Sarah Donnelly

This original collection explores how critical gerontology can make sense of old age inequalities to inform social work research, policy and practice. Engaging with key debates on age-related human rights, the conceptual focus addresses the current challenges and opportunities facing those who work with older people.


"This group of leading academics have combined to produce a truly international case for the vital contribution of critical gerontology to the skilful practice of gerontological social work." Sally Richards, Oxford Brookes University

Find out more about the book here.

Involving Service Users in Social Work Education, Research and Policy Edited by Kristel Driessens and Vicky Lyssens-Danneboom
Based on the results of a European Social Fund project, this book critically appraises the benefits and challenges of involving service users in social work research, practice and education.
“This is a remarkable and inspiring collection of models and critical reflections on the inclusion of experts by experience in social work education and research. It provides valuable guidance for developing a very innovative approach.” Silvia Fargion, University of Trento
Find out more about the book here.

Adoption from Care: International Perspectives on Children’s Rights, Family Preservation and State Intervention Edited by Tarja Pösö, Marit Skivenes and June Thoburn

This book explores how children’s rights are weighed against parents’ rights in a range of countries and examines how governments and legal and welfare professionals balance those rights following the decision that children cannot grow up in their parents’ care.

“This book takes the reader beyond national boundaries by analysing how adoption from care is conceived and practised in different Western countries. More importantly, the book helps to overcome mental boundaries around adoption, a child protection alternative that is as complex as it is necessary." Jesús Palacios, University of Seville

Find out more about the book and read Open Access here.

Interprofessional Collaboration and Service User Participation: Analysing Meetings in Social Welfare Edited by Kirsi Juhila, Tanja Dall, Christopher Hall and Juliet Koprowska

This book examines how interprofessional collaboration and service user participation are challenged in multi-agency meetings, demonstrating how collaborative and integrated welfare policy is contingent on the interactional practices of professionals and service users and providing examples of best practice.

“An outstanding collection featuring research on service interaction and decision-making. From relational agency to epistemic justice, the issues considered shed significant light on interprofessional collaboration.” Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri

Find out more at Policy Press.


Killick C & Taylor BJ (2020) Assessment, Risk and Decision Making in Social Work: An Introduction. London: Sage. ISBN: 9781529702224

This book is designed for students on qualifying social work courses. It focuses on the essential social work skills of undertaking assessments and making decisions in a context of risk and uncertainty. The book outlines a framework for this challenging aspect of practice, and considers key dimensions such as involving clients, use of assessment tools and collaboration with other professionals and decision systems such as case conferences and courts. Particular attention is given to analysing knowledge within assessment and forming a professional judgement. It addresses generic legal and ethical issues for social workers involved in safeguarding and service eligibility decision making. A final chapter focuses on the development of professional skills in this increasingly important area of assessment, risk and decision making.

Link to SAGE

Coming soon in the series