Staffan Höjer - The identity of social work research - 7/05/2015

About the lecture

All professions with claims to status and trustworthiness must build a knowledge base of their own. PhD dissertations have a special role in the formation of academic knowledge. In addition to producing new knowledge they usually reflect disciplinary traditions, trends and research fronts.  The presentation builds on over ten years research on different aspects of the introduction of social work research at universities in Sweden. Different aspects of social work research has been studied, such as topical content, theoretical and methodological tools of a great number of senior research products and more than 250 doctoral dissertations. Comparisons will be made with social work research from other countries. Besides discussing the identity of social work research also academic processes and the tensions they generate will be described. The need for dual legitimacy in relation to excellence in the scientific world along with the production of evidence in the world of social work practice will be discussed.

About the speaker

Staffan Höjer is a professor in social work from the Department of Social Work at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Höjer’s research has focused on four thematic areas: (i) the development of knowledge in social work research and practice, (ii)  issues related to professionalization of welfare professions (mostly social work), (iii) the organization of welfare and (iv)  global issues for social work. A vast part of the research activity of Staffan Höjer is involved in different international projects involving countries such as Uganda, Rwanda and China. He is a board member of ESWRA – European Social Work Research Association as well as an editorial board member of three international social work journals.


Date - 7/05/2015, 10 - 12 AM
Venue - aula C.002 (Stadscampus, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen)