CESRT is a research department of Zuyd University, a university of higher professional education in the Netherlands. Zuyd University has 47 different study programmes and has approximately 12,000 students. The departments of social work and their undergraduate education programmes provide CESRT with a substantial foundation, as does the unique postgraduate programme MACESS (Master of Arts in Comparative European Social Studies). CESRT’s core team is attracted from both the university’s departments of social work and MACESS. The international and multi-disciplinary character of the team embraces significant experience in curricula development, teaching, research and consultancy.
The development and application of research and theory in social work education and practice is approached from a comparative and European context. The approach is based on the conviction that globalisation affects both the education and the profession of social work.
The processes of social exclusion and inclusion are central in CESRT.
They encompass notions of participation and accessibility to society's main institutions and traditions, e.g., education, health care, work, leisure, social services, public services and human rights. They echo the consequences of the shifts in responsibilities between the state, the market and civil society. They symbolize the risks of insecurity and uncertainty for many peple in today's society. On the whole, the processes of social exclusion and inclusion contain challenges shared throughout Europe and have a direct impact on social work educators and practitioners.