Green Social Work

Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences Durham University, UK

Co-presented with the Social Policy Research Network in the Faculty of Education and Social Work

14 July, 2014

Professor Dominelli will talk to her book Green Social Work: From Environmental Crises to Environmental Justice, an innovative work that highlights the role of social work in a global neoliberal world and advocates for it to become a strong advocate for transformative social change that upholds social work’s commitment to equality, human rights, indigenous perspectives, social and environmental justice, and the equitable distribution of the earth’s resources. In her presentation, she will explore the theory and practice of social workers taking the challenging transformative route, resisting powerful vested interests, including multinational corporations and super-rich individuals engaged in pillaging the earth’s human and physical resources for profit. This means developing strong, locality specific and culturally relevant alternative forms of socio-economic development, mobilising people to reclaim their resources and producing collective ways of meeting everyone’s needs.

Green social work is particularly important for those involved in human and community development initiatives but also matters to those doing one-to-one work because each human being is interconnected with and interdependent upon the others.

Professor Lena Dominelli

Professor Lena Dominelli is Head of Subject (Social and Community and Youth Work) and Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences as well as a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University. Amongst her many publications Professor Dominelli has single authored 10 books since 2002 and published widely in leading journals and edited books. She is widely viewed as the world’s leading feminist social work scholar and has made an enormous contribution to how social work is viewed across the globe.

Lena has received accolades for her contributions to social welfare in the international arena, including a medal from the Social Affairs Committee of the French Senate; and an Honorary Doctorate from the Univeristy of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. Lena has served in various influential offices, including being President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), 1996 to 2004, which involved representing social work educators at the United Nations and preparing papers on their behalf. She is the IASSW representative in the discussion on Climate Change, since 2009. She has been a consultant Status to the United Nations in different capacities from 1996 to the present.