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Department of Sociology

International Social Work

International Social Work is a scholarly refereed journal designed to extend knowledge and promote international exchange in the fields of social work, social welfare and community development. It provides information on current international developments in education and training relevant to social work.

Its major focus is on the interaction between processes of globalisation and the development of social welfare at national level, as well as social work and community development locally. It aims at examining the meaning of international social work in practice and theory, and exploring how those concerned with social work and community development can engage with international issues. The journal also wants to encourage publication of comparative studies and cross-national research.

International Social Work is the official journal of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). The journal is published by SAGE.

In International Social Work, abstracts of full-length articles are translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. Periodically, special issues of International Social Work focus on specific topics or regions.

The journal has been administered at The School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University since 2009 with Professor Simon Hackett, Professor Lena Dominelli and Dr Vasilios Ioakimidis as co-editors at different stages. The journal will leave Durham University in 2018.

Elizabeth Ryan is the Journal Manager and all enquiries should be directed to the editorial office at

For more information regarding International Social Work, please visit the journal’s homepage

To submit a paper to International Social Work, please visit our online submission site on SAGEtrack

The journal also has social media pages where you can keep up to date with the journal’s activities.