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Social work research as a practice of transparency - edition 2023


TiSSA organizes, 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. In the afternoon, we organize 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.


Target audience

All PhD researchers in the field of social work and social sciences can enroll for this doctoral school. 



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. 



You can find the program of each session here on the website through the tab: program. 




Meeting ID: 926 9599 3717
Passcode: 2XTyYtr5



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)

Nele Feryn (Secretary of TiSSA)