Comparative Histories of the Development of Social work across the Commonwealth: Day 1


  • 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

Commonwealth histories and social work: themes for enquiry

  • Philip Murphy (ICwS and History & Policy)

Session 3- Presentations

Chair: Philip Murphy (ICwS and History & Policy)

2:39 A critical examination of the Australian Association of Social Workers and its historical engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Philip Mendes (Monash University)

20:55 Social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand: Building a profession in contested territories
Liz Beddoe (Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland)

39:06 Social Work development in Malaysia: history and connection with the Commonwealth
Teoh Ai Hua (Universiti Utara Malaysia) and Fuziah Shaffie (Universiti Utara Malaysia)

1:01:43 Globalizing Indian thought – what India contributes to professional social work in the world
Fasalurahman. M (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and Baiju P. Vareed (MacEwan University)

1:29:34 Feminist Social Work in India: Deriving an Indigenous Model of Practice
Meenu Anand (University of Delhi)

1:51:21 The development of regulation of social work in the UK and around the Commonwealth
David N Jones (Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work)

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)

Chair: David N Jones (Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work)

Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Event date: 
Thursday, 31 March 2022 - 7:00am