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Sofia Dedotsi

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Department: Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Sofia Dedotsi joined Northumbria University in July 2017 and is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing. She is a qualified social worker, holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Manchester (2016) and an MSc in Advanced Social Work from Cardiff University (2009). In 2009, whilst working as a social worker in Wales she also gained the Advanced Award in Social Work from the PQ Consortium for Wales.

She has worked as a practicing social worker both in UK and Greece, carrying 

out statutory and non statutory work and she has also been teaching in qualifying social work courses in two different Social Work Departments in Greece (Patras and Athens) for seven years (2010-2017). Throughout her time in practice, she has worked with a special interest in anti-oppressive practices, user involvement, issues of discrimination and oppression as well as social policy – welfare policies for vulnerable populations. This experience and interest, formed her PhD thesis, which was on social work education and anti-oppressive practice in Greece, exploring the role of social work education in the formation of anti-oppressive practitioners especially at times of national and international crisis.

Since the autumn of 2014, she is an elected board member of the European Association of Social Work Research (ESWRA), representing doctoral and early career researchers and since March 2017 she took the position of Vice-Chair.

Campus Address

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
Northumbria University
Coach Lane Campus East
Room G214

+44 (0)191 215 6702

Key Publications and Outputs

Journal Publications

Dedotsi, S., Young, A., and Broadhurst, K. (2016) “Social work education in a time of national crisis in Greece: educating the workforce to combat inequalities”, European Journal of Social Work, 19 (3-4), pp. 368-384.

Dedotsi, S. and Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, E.-A. (2015) “Social work students' conception on roles within the family in Greece”, European Journal of Social Work, 18 (1), pp.114-128.

Dedotsi, S., Antonatou, A. – M., Kakali, G., and Tsakiraki, D. (2014) “Παιδική Κακοποίηση: Διλήμματα, Προκλήσεις και Επιπτώσεις στους Κοινωνικούς Λειτουργούς” [Child abuse: Dilemmas, Challenges and Implications for Social Workers], Κοινωνική Εργασία, [Social Work Journal in Greek], vol. 113.

Book chapters

Baker, S., and Dedotsi, S. (2014), "Σεξουαλική Κακοποίηση Παιδιού: Δεοντολογικά Διλήμματα στην Κοινωνική Εργασία", p. 242-249, in Νέες Μορφές Κακοποίησης Παιδιού & Εφήβου [New Forms of Child and Adolescent Abuse in Greek], Giotakos, O., Tsiliakou, M., Tsitsika, A., and Tsouvelas, G. (eds.), Athens: ΒΗΤΑ Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις ΜΕΠΕ

PGR Supervision

She welcomes applications for PhD studies on any of the following research themes:

Social work education, anti-oppressive practice, social justice, human rights, social movements, user-involvement, critical and radical social work, international social work, welfare policy and practices, emancipatory teaching approaches, community social work, interventions during crisis.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Social Work
  • MSc in Advanced Social Work
  • BSc in Social Work

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Social work education, anti-oppressive practice, social justice, human rights, social movements, user-involvement, critical and radical social work, international social work, welfare policy and practices, emancipatory teaching approaches, community social work, interventions during crisis.


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