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Day One: Comparative Histories of the Development of Social work across the Commonwealth

Recorded on the 31 March 2022


  • Philip Murphy (ICwS & History & Policy)
  • David N Jones (Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work)

Session 1: The Commonwealth and social work: shared histories

  • Sylvia Daisy Romanus (Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work)
  • Wendy Thomson (University of London)
  • Patricia Scotland (Commonwealth Secretariat)
  • Anne Gallagher (Commonwealth Foundation)

Session 2- Keynote

Philip Murphy (ICwS and History & Policy) Commonwealth histories and social work: themes for enquiry

Session 3- Presentations

Chair: Philip Murphy (ICwS and History & Policy)

  • Philip Mendes (Monash University) A critical examination of the Australian Association of Social Workers and its historical engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians 
  • Liz Beddoe (Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland) Social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand: Building a profession in contested territories 
  • Teoh Ai Hua (Universiti Utara Malaysia) and Fuziah Shaffie (Universiti Utara Malaysia) Social Work development in Malaysia: history and connection with the Commonwealth 
  • Fasalurahman. M (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and Baiju P. Vareed (MacEwan University) Globalizing Indian thought – what India contributes to professional social work in the world 
  • Meenu Anand (University of Delhi) Feminist Social Work in India: Deriving an Indigenous Model of Practice 
  • David N Jones (Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work) The development of regulation of social work in the UK and around the Commonwealth 

Session 4- Panel discussion – themes to explore and questions to be asked

  • Philip Murphy (ICwS and History & Policy)
  • George Palattiyil (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jill Manthorpe (King’s College London)
Welcome & Session 1
Session 2- Keynote
Session 3- Panel presentations
Session 4- Panel