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Topics in Social Work: International Social Work

Are you fascinated by other cultures? Have you considered a study abroad trip to expand on your social work education here at UAlbany? Are you driven to participate in disaster relief efforts or research projects around the world? If so, you might find the growing field of international social work very interesting – and you wouldn't be alone!

Here at the library, we know this topic is of interest to both you and your faculty, so we have a wide variety of resources to help you prep for your study abroad experience, dig more into the topic of international social work, and conduct research on how social workers make a difference around the world.

For a particularly focused look at this topic, check out the journal International Social Work, available online in full text from 1959 to present. Additionally, you will find articles on international social work topics in the following databases:


Finally, browse the book collection at Dewey for even more resouces, including the following titles:


  • De Kock, C., Van Kerckhove, C. & Vens, E. (Eds.) (2014). Social work in an international perspective: History, views, diversity and human rights. Antwerp-Apeldoorn: Garant.
  • Fusco, D. & Heathfield, M. (Eds.) (2015). Youth and inequality in education: Global actions in youth work. New York: Routledge.
  • Gibbons, J. L. & Rotabi K. S. (Eds.) (2012). Intercountry adoption: Policies, practices, and outcomes. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
  • Healy, L. M. & Link, R. J. (Eds.) (2012). Handbook of international social work: Human rights, development, and the global profession. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lavalette, M. & Ioakimidis, K. (Eds.) (2011). Social work in extremis: lessons for social work internationally. Portland, OR: Policy Press.
  • McCord, A. (2012). Public works and social protection in sub-Saharan Africa: Do public works work for the poor? New York: United Nations University Press.
  • Surender, R. & Walker, R. (Eds.) (2014). Social policy in a developing world. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Tully, G. J., Bacon, J., Dolan-Reilly, G., & Lo Re, A. (Eds.) (2013). Group work: An international conversation highlighting diversity in practice. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Van Heugten, K. (2014). Human service organizations in the disaster context. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Welbourne P. & Dixon, J. (Eds.) (2013). Child protection and child welfare: A global appraisal of cultures, policy and practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Digging into social welfare research on this or other topics? Get in touch with Social Welfare Subject Librarian Elaine Lasda Bergman for assistance along the way or even more leads on resources! Office hours weekly on Tuesdays from 6-8pm, or email Elaine at for help or to make an appointment.



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