Program PhD act

Program PhDact

  • 19 February  + 2 April  + 30 April + 28 May 2021  (Fridays)   -   ONLINE (Zoom)
  • Morning session (plenary) will be open to all PhD students and other interested researchers

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


  • Afternoon session (only for enrolled PhD students)

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


  • Day 1: The construction of the research question in social work

Lecturers: Prof. dr. Koen Hermans (KUL) – Prof. dr. Kerstin Svensson (Lund University)
In this first session we discuss the identity of social work research in relation to other disciplines and the question what the difference is between social work research questions and for instance a sociological or criminological research question. How do we set up a good social work problem and on what grounds?


  • Day 2: Quantitative research and social work

Lecturers: Prof. dr. Christian Kjeldsen (Aarhus University) – Prof. dr. Wim Van Lancker (KUL)
In the second session we discuss the possible relevance of quantitative research in social work research. As social work, due to its value laden orientation, is always seen as having a strong affiliation with interpretative research approaches, the importance of quantitative approaches are often overlooked. Even if this quantitative approach historically always has been a part of critical social work approaches (e.g. the work of Jane Addams). In this session we discuss the relevance of quantitative approaches and some key elements of doing quants in social work research.


  • Day 3: (Not) doing interpretative research in social work

Lecturers: Prof. dr. Griet Roets (Ugent) – Prof. dr. Michal Krumer-Nevo (Ben Gurion University) As interpretative research is often seen as the obvious choice for social work researchers, the grounds for this choice might stay too implicit. Also, interpretative research runs the risk of being seen as easier than hard statistics, and as such the quality of the research process and fundamental choices to be made might not be discussed. It this session we discuss challenges and pitfalls of interpretative research in social work research.


  • Day 4: Making the invisible visible in social work research

Lecturers: Prof. dr. Christina Albuquerque (University of Coimbra) – Prof. dr. Anna Gupta/dr. Yuval Saar-Heiman (Royol Holloway University of London)
In the fourth session, we discuss the challenge in social work to research ‘hard to reach’ populations and making invisible problems visible. This topic became even more urgent in relation to the Covid19 crisis, during which vulnerable groups even became more difficult to contact, also in the context of research. In this session we focus on the choices which researchers need to make in relation to bringing in marginalized voices in research.