Social Work in Transition: Challenges for Social Work Research in a Changing Local and Global World

We invite you to join us for this exciting event to be held at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in what is our centenary year. Social Work at Edinburgh University began in 1918, and we are using 2018 as an opportunity to look backwards and forwards, nationally and internationally, at what social work is now and might be in the future.

We hope you will get a taste of Scotland and Scottish life and hear more about our centenary project, while taking part in what promises to be a thought-provoking conference and meeting-place for researchers from across Europe and beyond. Edinburgh is a very lively city, and we have some special treats in store for you.

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Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to welcome the following keynote speakers to the European Conference on Social Work Research 2018:


Sahar Al-Makhamreh

Al-Balqa Applied University /(BAU) Princess Rahma University College, Jordan


Mekada Julia Graham

California State University Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, USA


Susan Kemp

University of Washington, USA and University of Auckland, NZ


Bill Whyte

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Conference Programme

The programme below is intended to be used as an at-a-glance overview of the conference.
For a more detailed breakdown of the whole programme including parallel sessions, please download the conference brochure.

3 - 7 September 2018

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Based in the George Square area in the central campus of the University of Edinburgh, the 2018 conference will utilise modern teaching spaces both for plenary sessions and for panels. All venues are in a pedestrianized area, 2-3 minutes apart. The venues have full wheelchair access and are equipped with up to date presentation equipment. George Square can be found just to the south of the famous Old Town area of Edinburgh.

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    Appleton Tower

    Appleton Tower is the centrepiece of the University of Edinburgh's George Square Complex and offers five state-of-the-art lecture theatres, each seating 200 to 300 delegates, plus a teaching studio, seminar spaces and an extensive concourse area.

    The Appleton Tower concourse space is particularly suited to exhibitions and poster displays, making this Edinburgh First venue ideal for lectures and presentations or as a breakout space for events held elsewhere in the George Square area.

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    50 George Square