Program PhD act

Program PhDact

Program of each session (in CET!)


Morning session (plenary)

09.30 - 09.45 - Welcome and introduction

09.45 - 10.30 - First lecture

10.30 – 11.00 - Break

11.00 - 11.45 - Second lecture

11.45 - 12.30 - Questions and debate


Participation on the morning sessions is free of charge and accessible to everyone interested! 


Afternoon session (only for enrolled PhD students)

13.30 – 16.30: Interactive seminar with the students and lecturers (with 30 minutes break)


Dates and topics


Session 1: February 2, 2024

Social Work Research as a political practice


Lecturers :  Prof. dr. Jan Naert (Ghent University) – Prof. dr. Femke Kaulingfreks (InHolland University of Applied Sciences)


In this first session we discuss the political nature of social work research as social work research is inherently connected with society. The political nature of social work is often seen as obvious but the rationality behind this might stay too implicit, or the political nature might be under pressure. As public debate, and politicization, are necessary for social work research this calls for attention and constant critical reflection. 


! Change in program !

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Prof. dr. Femke Kaulingfreks is unable to present her opening lecture. We will therefore start at 10.00 CET with an introduction after which Prof. dr. Jan Naert (Ghent University, Belgium) will present his lecture: "The truth is out there - Social Work research as a conflictual bricolage". 


The full programm of the first session can be found here! 


Session 2:  March 8, 2024

Feminist perspectives in Social Work Research


Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Andrea Fleckinger (Trento University) – Prof. dr. Maria do Mar Pereira (University of Warwick)


In the second session we focus on feminist perspectives in Social Work. Various feminist scholars describe a complex and sometimes contradictory picture and, within social work, there has been a mixed reception. However, it is maintained that a gendered analysis in a profession where women are in the majority remains highly relevant. In this session we discuss the relevance and the potential lever of feminist perspectives social work research.


The full programm of the second session can be found here! 


Session 3: May 24, 2024

Research perspectives in gerontological Social Work


Lecturers: Prof. dr. Sarah Donnelly (University College Dublin) – Prof. dr. Liesbeth De Donder (Free University Brussels)


The third session focuses on elderly care as an emerging field in social work research and practice. Social work research hereby includes elderly as they are often “oppressed voices” and critically elaborates on societal structures in the vision on, and care for, the elderly. Gerontological social work thus offers insights that can be relevant for social work and society at large.


The full programm of the third session can be found here! 


Session 4: June 14, 2024

Working with extremist voices in Social Work Research


Lecturers: Prof. dr. Stephen Cowden (University of Gloucestershire) – Prof. dr. Vasilios Ioakimidis (University of West-Attica)


In the fourth and final session, we discuss the challenge in social work to include “extremist voices”, such as conspiracy thinkers or right wing extremists. We will focus on the position social work research can take choices that researchers need to make in relation to bringing in these voices in research, with examples regarding the development of social work practice.


The full programm of the fourth session can be found here!