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Social work research as a practice of transparency - edition 2024 


TiSSA organises, together with the Department of Social Work & Social Pedagogy of Ghent University and the Centre for Sociological Research of the KU Leuven (Belgium), and with the support of the Doctoral School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Ghent University, a series of online lectures as part of the online doctoral course "Social work research as a practice of transparency"


The course will be spread over four training days, each consisting of two main parts, in total 24 contact hours.


  • Each morning session is plenary for all interested researchers (3 hours) and will consist of two lectures by (international) experts in conducting social work research.​​​​​​​ Participation on the morning sessions is free of charge and accessible to everyone interested! 
  • In the afternoon, we organise interactive seminars with the enrolled PhD students and lecturers. Each PhD student will present his/her work and the accompanying questions during one of the training days.


The full program can be found here.


Target audience

All PhD researchers in the field of social work and social sciences can enroll for this doctoral school. Participation on the morning sessions is free of charge and accessible to everyone interested! 



As social work as an academic discipline is normative, researchers need to make this normativity transparent. This implies that different areas of choice in research are critically analysed and choices are made explicit. These different areas of choice refer to the following questions: (1) what is the position of the researcher; (2) what is the definition of the problem and who has the power to define it; (3) what are the methods to be used and how are they to be used; and (4) how are the results interpreted, represented and disseminated? In this course we examine and discuss (some of) these key choices, discussing the considerations of PhD researchers in making sounds choices during the research process.


Objectives and learning outcomes

The choices made by social work researchers, although they can seem to be very obvious ones, often remain implicit during the different research processes. This weakens social work as an academic discipline as its profile remains unclear in relation to adjacent disciplines such as sociology, psychology and educational sciences. The aim of the course is to train researchers to develop their social work research as a practice of transparency in order to strengthen the identity of their work. This refers to the reflexive capacity of researchers in which they need to learn to make their perspective on research and their research topic and the choices they often make implicitly, explicit and bring these into the public debate. 



  • As a PhD student who wants to enroll to the course and upload your abstract, you need to use this link to register (deadline expired - contact us through info@tissa.net in case of interest). 
  • Your title and abstract of 500 words should be uploaded before January 19, 2024.
  • Participation is free of charge, but please make sure you have an account on Zoom (or Google/Facebook) to join through the zoom link provided below.
  • The  zoom link will apply to all sessions, as well as to the interactive sessions with PhD students.
  • To get a certificate of attendance, PhD students are expected to present at 1 session and take part in at least 3 out of 4 training days.
  • This program is a collaboration by Ghent University and the University of Leuven - researchers from other universities should check at their own institutions if this course can be recognised as part of their doctoral training. 
  •  Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96853479337?pwd=a0c3em1zNVV5d0N6NnN4YS8zbWhmZz09

Organising committee  

Prof. dr. Rudi Roose (Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Ghent University and chair of TiSSA)

Prof. dr. Griet Roets (Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Ghent University)

Prof. dr. Koen Hermans ( LUCAS - Centre for Care Research and Consultancy - Leuven University)

Prof. dr. Wim Van Lancker ( Centre for Sociological Research - Leuven University)

Dries Cautreels (Secretary of TiSSA)