European Conference of Social Work Research

You will know from earlier messages that the inaugural European Conference of Social Work Research (ECSWR) will be held in Oxford, England from March 23rd-25th 2011.
The event is progressing on all fronts. You can update your information by checking the conference website at
We mentioned some time ago the basic details:
Social Work and Social Care Research: Innovation, Interdisciplinarity and Impact
Keynote speakers (
Peter Sommerfeld is professor of social work at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.
Marketta Rajavaara is professor of social work at the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research.
Eileen Munro is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.
The conference is held in association with the NIHR School for Social Care Research
‘New news’
There are several substantial developments that we want to bring to your notice.
First, we have developed the programme for the opening evening of the conference. We are delighted that Professor Joan Orme from Glasgow University in Scotland has agreed to give an opening keynote that evening. She will focus our minds on how she sees the present state of social work and social care research in Europe. We are organizing a reception as part of that opening evening. We will add information about this to the website shortly.
Second, we are delighted that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in the UK has made a small grant to subsidise the costs of service user researchers. User researchers who submit an abstract and have it accepted by the December date should contact the conference manager ( if you wish to request a subsidised place.
Third, we plan to set up informal networking meetings at the conference for the following groups:

  • Service user researchers
  • Practitioner researchers
  • PhD students
  • Social work programme lecturers/teaching fellows

The aim is to provide a ‘space’ for people to talk with others with similar experience; a space from which they can begin to articulate what is distinctive about undertaking social work/care research from that particular perspective.
We realise that this notice may prompt those who plan to come to the conference to offer other network foci. If you would like to facilitate one of the above meetings or have ideas for one we have not yet considered please contact in the first instance Ian Shaw (
Finally, we are very pleased to announce that the 2012 conference will take place in Switzerland in the city of Basel. The conference will be hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, School of Social Work, together with the Swiss Society for Social Work. Further information will follow.
Full information about the Call for Papers ( and conference registration can also be seen on the site. Among the various key dates on the site:

  • Abstracts must be submitted no later than midnight on 20th September 2010.
  • Notification to presenters will arrive by 13th December.

We have written to many of you in the roles of gateways to those in your own networks and countries, and we ask you to send this Update on to anyone in your sphere.