Programme and book of abstracts


Contributions and interventions


Photos, videos, press articles and interviews


The following speakers will honour us with their intervention during two plenary conferences and a round table :

Plenary conference on Tuesday morning

Michel Wieviorka

State Doctor in Arts and Humanities, director of studies at the Higher School of Social Sciences, is the president of the board of the foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) in Paris. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Research Council (ERC) since 2014, and he is ruling, along with Laeticia Atlani-Duault, the new journal SOCIO that he created in 2013. He researchers in the fields of conflicts, terrorism and violence, racism, anti-Semitism, social movements, democracy, and phenomena of cultural differences. Michel Wieviorka was the president of the French Committee for Human and Social Sciences during the inauguration ceremony of the MOST programme in 2016, at the French National Commission for UNESCO. His last book Les juifs, les musulmans et la République was published by Robert Laffont Editions.

“Social changes and challenges for our society : a perspective from sociology”

Paul-Michael Garrett

Senior lecturer at NUI Galway in the Republic of Ireland, his research interests focus on critical social theory within social work education, discourses of marginality relating to ‘troublesome’ populations and neoliberal-inspired ‘reform’.  For several years he has been a member of the editorial collective of Critical Social Policy and he is one of the founders of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) Ireland. Paul’s interventions have appeared in academic journals across a range of disciplines and he is the author of the acclaimed Social Work and Social Theory (2013) which was also published, in Chinese translation, in 2016. In addition, he has written three books mapping facets of social work with children and families during the period of New Labour (1997-2010) in the UK.

“Why critical theory is vital within Social Work Education en 2017?”

Plenary conference on Wednesday morning

Sarah Banks

Professor at the School of Applied Social Sciences and Co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University, UK. She teaches and researches in the fields of social, community and youth work. She has a particular interest in professional ethics and community-based participatory research. Recent books on social work ethics include: Ethics and Values in Social Work, 4th edn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Practising Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries (Routledge, 2012, edited with Kirsten Nøhr). Current research projects include Imagine – Connecting communities through research (looking at radical community development and civic participation) and a study of complaints about misconduct of social workers in England.

“Practising ethically in an unethical world: Cultivating professional ethical wisdom in social work”

Round table on Thursday afternoon

Nada Al-Nashif

Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at. She graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1987) from Balliol, Oxford University and she has a Master in Public Policy (1991) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Prior to joining UNESCO, she served (2007-2014) as Assistant Director-General/Regional Director of the International Labour Organization’s Regional Office for Arab States, based in Beirut, Lebanon. Previously she worked at UNDP, serving in Libya (1992-1995), Lebanon (2000-2004), Iraq (2003) and at Headquarters in New York (1995-2000, 2005-2006). As advisor in several boards, including the Brizeit University in Palestine, she is engaged in harmonising education with the labour market.

Gorana Panić

Doctoral student at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Gorana Panić completed her studies in Social work at the University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her doctoral study - action research, explores experiences of social workers’ trajectories after graduation. She worked as a teaching assistant in Social Work, at the University of Banja Luka (2006-2012). Her main interests are in critical social work, eco-social work, social movements, and critical pedagogy. She is also interested in combining academic research with activism. Recently, as a doctoral student, she became a Board member of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA).

Peter Beresford OBE

Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex, Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the national disabled people’s and service users’ organization and network and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University London. He is a long term user of mental health services and has a longstanding background of involvement in issues of participation as writer, researcher, activist and teacher. He is a founding member of PowerUs, the European network to advance user involvement in social work education. His latest book is All Our Welfare: Towards participatory social policy (Policy Press, 2016).

Staffan Höjer

Professor in social work at the Department of social work, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

His research is mostly about knowledge, professionalization and organization in social work. Among other things he has studied the processes of “academisation”, the content of social work research, the privatization in social work and the decision making within child protection. Staffan Höjer is involved in many international projects and has been a supervisor for PhDs in social work in Uganda and Rwanda.

“Social work education in Europe: challenging boundaries, promoting a sustainable future”


You will also be given the opportunity to attend three master classes :

Master class on Wednesday morning

Karen Lyons

Emeritus Professor of International Social Work at London Metropolitan University (London, UK). Following employment in school social work she had a long career as a social work educator at University of East London. She was a founding member of the European Centre of Community Education (ECCE) which led to student exchange and intensive programmes as well as bearing courses in international social work at UEL. This experience, together with PhD research in the 1990s into British social work education, resulted in invitations to contribute to development and teaching of social work in several universities in Europe and beyond. Her most recent writing has been on international labour mobility and transnational social work.

“Teaching International Social Work: Motivations and methods”


Master classes on Thursday morning

Frédéric Penaud

Manager in the field of general social service and child protection. He is also a researcher and has been a member of the “Merging of Knowledge and Practices” network for many years. He was trained by ATD (Act Together for Dignity) Quart Monde to the facilitation of knowledge merging among poor people, and experienced new forms of management with professionals, by developing methods where professional have a more egalitarian relation with service users.


Hervé Lefeuvre

Permanent volunteer at ATD Quart Monde (Act Together for Dignity) since 1987. He is in charge of the “Merging of Knowledge and Practices” workshops and the team that implements it. He has a large experience with people and families living in serious poverty, and also as speaker at the People’s Universities of ATD. He runs trainings for ATD members and professionals.

He took part in the experimental programme “Quart Monde-Partenaire” and in the book Le croisement des pouvoirs.


Roland Hairion

“Merging of knowledge and practices”


Janet Walker

Janet Walker began her professional life as a ‘Trainee Social Worker’, before qualifying as social worker in 1980. Subsequently she gained substantial practice experience in social work, as a practitioner and manager. This experience has spanned the statutory and voluntary sectors, and has included social work practice, family and therapeutic residential care. She joined the University of Lincoln in 1992 as a Senior Lecturer before being appointed as a Principal Lecturer in 2007. She has experience of working in and research with other European countries in areas related both to teaching and learning and research in social work and application of social work policy into practice. She is a Deputy Head of School and she teaches on a number of Programmes, with a particular focus on research, comparative and international modules.

“All the world’s a stage: an “as you like it” approach to learning!”