This seminar will focus on research being conducted in professional practice, exploring in particular aspects of the substantive research topic and research design of three doctoral research projects being conducted in three distinctive international settings.
Date: Wednesday 15t November 11-13 (EET)
PRESENTERS AND ABSTRACTS
Paul Dodemaide, PhD Candidate, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Paul’s PhD research has focused on young adults and social media, exploring the therapeutic affordances therein from the perspective of young adults themselves, as well as Accredited Mental Health Social Workers. His thesis, undertaken with four
publications - and another currently under review, is due at the end of 2023.At the start of this year, Paul took up the position as Academic Lead in Field Education and Lecturer within the Bachelor of Social Work course at Victoria University, Australia.
Inka Söderström, a university teacher and a doctoral researcher in social work, at the University of Helsinki,
Inka’s doctoral research investigates how different interlocking systems of oppression (Fellows & Razack, 1998) work together in social work with queer people with refugee backgrounds in Finland. The focus is on heteronormativity and white normativity in social work structures that restrict the accessibility of social services for everyone who does not conform to these norms. The data consists of interviews with social workers and queer people with refugee backgrounds, as well as asylum decisions and autoethnographic notes. In analysis, the metaphor of border/boundary is used to describe the barriers of accessibility that have long historical legacies in the social work profession. The research finds ways in how social workers can build bridges
over boundaries and, with determined, structural, and reflexive work, dismantle them.
Felipe Paredes is a Chilean Psychologist with over 12 years of experience in the protection services in Chile who is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex.
Care Leavers’ Experiences of Transition in Chile is a PhD project that looks into the narratives that young people build in the process of leaving care, the study aims to 1) understand the complexity of the transition out of care in the Chilean context, eliciting understanding for future research and development of locally informed support, 2) help to build a contextualised understanding of the complexities and precarity that young people face during care and in the transition out of residential care and 3) to illuminate narratives of agency and resistance, to understand the process by which young people construct ways of navigating precarity and vulnerability.