Tina Maschi - Towards a Science of Social Change: Advancing a Rights Research Approach to Social Work Research and Evaluation - 26/04/2019

Lecture organised in cooperation with UGent & KULeuven

About the lecture

During this lecture, Dr. Tina Maschi will present a human and social rights approach to social work research and evaluation that merges the powerful partners of science and social change.  Drawing from her book, “A Rights Research Manifesto” Dr. Maschi will present an action-based research model that applies a human rights framework (e.g., dignity and respect for all persons, the universality and interrelatedness of political, civil, social, economic, and cultural rights), (i.e., applying a human rights framework; making a difference; informed; multiple perspectives and methods; meaningful participation; holistic analysis, and thoughtful sharing.) She will use case examples from her own research individuals, families, and communities impacted by trauma and/or the criminal justice system, especially incarcerated older adults. Participants who attend this lecture will increase their competencies in how to apply a rights-based approach to the research decision-making process from the formulation of research questions, research and practice design, and participatory action strategies that advance human and social rights. It will conclude with a participatory dialogue with participants on how social scientist researchers can integrate science and social change with the ultimate global goal of liberation and empowerment for individuals, families and communities.

About the speaker

Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW is an associate professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in New York City and licensed clinical social work with advanced certification. She is locally, nationally, and internationally known for her social work research and practice efforts are at the intersection of aging, trauma, health, and justice. Dr. Maschi is a practitioner scholar with over 125 peer reviewed  publications, including in international and interdisciplinary journals and books.  She is the author and/or editor of four books, including 'A Human Rights Approach to Social Work Research and Evaluation: A Rights Research Approach,' "Practitioner as Researcher: Integrating Research with Advocacy," "Content Analysis," and "Forensic Social Work."  Hodge and colleagues (2016) article noted Dr. Maschi as one of the top 30 high impact social work scholars using the m index. She also serves on the editorial board of well respected journals, including Traumatology: An International Journal, published by the American Psychological Association.

Practical information

When? 26/04/2019, 10:00 - 12:00
Where? Aula M.005 (St-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen). map/how to get there 
Language: English

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory. 


  • Peter Raeymaeckers (UAntwerpen)
  • Stijn Oosterlynck (UAntwerpen)
  • Griet Roets (UGent)
  • Rudi Roose (UGent)
  • Wim van Lancker (KULeuven)
  • Koen Hermans (KULeuven)

Co-funded by the Doctoral Schools ‘Social and Behavioural Sciences’ UGent