Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory

A new online, open access social work and social policy journal published by Social Work and Policy Studies, University of Sydney through the University of Sydney Library.  Please register to be informed when submissions are open or a new issue is published.


Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory (ISSN 2209-0878) aims to provide a platform for those advancing knowledge and debate on any aspect of social justice-informed social work, social policy, practice or theory.

With a goal of publishing twice yearly, the journal welcomes submissions that explore questions of: social injustice; inequity; systemic and/or individual oppression; the power dynamics of social relations such as race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, age, region, political economy; questions engaging with intersectionality and multiple oppressions; and various forms of resistance, social change, social policy and social justice initiatives.  


Margot Rawsthorne, University of Sydney, Australia

Donna Baines, University of British Columbia, Canada


Editorial Board

Malcolm Carey, University of Chester, UK

Bonnie Freeman, McMaster University, Canada

Paul Michael Garrett, NUI Galway, Republic of Ireland

Jude Irwin (Emeritus), University of Sydney, Australia

Mary Mitchell, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Lindsey Napier (Emeritus), University of Sydney, Australia

Alankaar Sharma, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Frank Wang, National Chen Chi University, Taiwan


Vol 3, No 2 (2020): Education for critical social work practice over the decades

2020 marks the 80th year of social work education at the University of Sydney and the 90th year of social work education at the University of British Columbia. This Special Edition aims to contribute to debates on education for critical social work practice. It includes a series of key notes address on social work education as well as a number of general articles.

Table of Contents

Education for critical social work practice over the decades

Donna Baines, Fran Waugh
Susan Burke, Nadine MacDonald
Jude Irwin
Christine Morley
Stéphanie Wahab
Pam Joseph
Tatenda Nhapi

General articles

Sarah Butterworth, Philip Mendes, Catherine Flynn
fiona carey
Naomi Jane Christian
Saeideh Golji
Megan Watts, David Hodgson