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Social Work and the Refugee Crisis: Everyday Bordering and Anti Oppressive Practices

Northumbria University


This public event will explore social work responses to the refugee crisis. 

Social Work is a value driven humanitarian profession based on social justice and anti-oppressive principles.

Globally the social work profession is called upon to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations escaping war, conflict and persecution. At Northumbria we want to generate a debate about the profession’s role locally, nationally and globally. We have speakers presenting various perspectives and ways of understanding this crisis including:

Speakers and Presentation Titles

  • Diane Jones and Emily Streener (MA Social Work Students at Northumbria University, part of a trip by MA Social Work students at Northumbria to Athens to visit refugee services). Learning about (anti-) oppressive social work practice with refugees – Reflections from a field trip to Athens, Greece

  • Associate Professor Kathryn Cassidy (Northumbria University); Disrupting the violent conditions of welfare bordering: solidarity and resistance amongst public sector workers

  • David Harrop (ex Chair of BASW and ex trustee of Social Workers Without Borders); The refugee crisis: a means of understanding the relationship between humanitarianism and social work practice

  • MD (Northumbria University Student, Community Worker and President of the University of Sanctuary); The Life of asylum seekers with the social system in the UK


  • 9.30 Registration
  • 09.45-10.00 Welcome
  • 10.00-10.25 MA students’ presentation
  • 10.25-10.55 Associate Professor Kathryn Cassidy’s presentation
  • 10.55-11.10 Break and coffee
  • 11.10-11.35 David Harrop’s presentation
  • 11.35-12.05 MD’s presentation
  • 12.05-12.30 Panel Discussion and Conclusions (Kathryn Cassidy, MA students, MD, David Harrop, Abraham Eiluorior)

Booking and Further Information 

Please click here to book a place - space is limited so please book early. 

If you require further information please contact either:

The event takes place at Coach Lane Campus West, C-block, Hall D which is building number 3 on this map.

*Image by Yannis Behrakis, Pulitzer Award Winner 2016.

Event Details

Northumbria University
Coach Lane Campus West
Hall D
Newcastle upon Tyne


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