School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research

Upcoming Event

Emotional Labour in Child and Family Social Work Teams: A Hybrid Ethnography with Dr Sara Carder 

Thursday 23 May, 2-3:30pm 

Hybrid: University of Sussex (Fulton 110) / Teams 

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View our full list of events here: CSWIR Events 23/24 


Welcome to the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research (CSWIR)

Located within the School of Education and Social Work, CSWIR has been established to advance the international profile and impact of research and innovative interdisciplinary approaches in social work. Our aim is to bring together social work scholars, professionals, and students, and provide a distinctive ground for research and innovation focusing on the changing nature of social relations of social work and other social action interventions.

As an innovation and research centre, CSWIR aims to:

  • promote social justice and rights
  • support protection and development of vulnerable populations under new global conditions of austerity and inequality
  • strengthen the re-articulation of social work as a distinctive mode of collaborative and participatory relationship-based social action.

In CSWIR, we benefit from cross-disciplinary internal, national, and international collaborations and links, and aim to extend and advance our partnerships with scholarly, professional, and governmental bodies.


Welcoming our current Visiting Research Fellow!

Somnoma Valerie Ouedraogo, Associate Professor at MacEwan University (Canada)

image of Valerie OuedraogoValerie holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Kassel (Germany). She has focused on the pedagogy of social work education and analytical inquiry. She is curious and passionate about International Indigenization and Afrocentricity as scholars’ movement and knowledge development in Social Work. Dr. Ouedraogo has conducted research concerning remigration experiences and social service delivery to adults in context of forced return migration between Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and is committed to building social work local knowledge mobilization in Burkina Faso, her native country. Dr. Ouedraogo is spending her year-long sabbatical at Sussex. Part of her work will be on the British Academy Fellowship, focusing on the impact of political conflict on the organisation and delivery of (adults) social services in Burkina Faso. Beyond the study on political conflict, she also researchers Afrocentric Social Work scholarship (Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Grant - SSHRC) and local understanding of sustainability in relation to Social Work role in Canada (Internal Project Grant MacEwan University).


The Social Work with Older People research project thas just published its findings

The project shadowed social workers in Local Authority adult social care services for 6 months, and interviewed older people, carers and professionals. This was the first comprehensive and detailed look at what social workers do to support older people and the difference they make. 

"The research comprehensively demonstrates the positive impact that social workers can have on older people’s lives, and on unpaid carers and families. However, ageism, lack of investment and pressured services are undermining the potential to promote wellbeing in later life. Simple changes could make a huge difference."

To find out more, visit SWOP's Findings page Research findings – Social Work with Older People Research ( and view their Main Findings report, Summary Report and Policy Briefing.


Kitbag: A playful resource for serious work

Check out this podcast in which Professor Gillian Ruch is in conversation with Dr Margaret Hannah, Director of Health Programmes at International Futures Forum, a Scottish charity that has created Kitbag, a resource for building children's emotional and social literacy.


CSWIR Annual Report 2022 coverCSWIR Annual Report: 2021-22

Check out what we've been up to over the last 12 months in the CSWIR Annual Report: 2022 [PDF 5.41MB]

The key to achieving anti-racism in social work


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