Social Work & Social Sciences Review

Social Work and Social Sciences Review sets out to reinforce and expand the links between international social work practice and the various social science disciplines which inform it. The Editors welcome articles and proposals from any area in the social sciences,particularly with relevance to the development of social work knowledge. For example, social policy and its relationship with, and impact upon, social work has never been more important. In many countries, particularly in the Western world, recent years have seen a plethora of social policy initiatives introduced, each designed to improve the lives of social work service users at different stages in the life course. In the UK for instance, policy areas include: The New Social Justice Strategy, for example, Troubled Families, Valuing People and Youth Transitions. However the impact of welfare reform, the austerity crisis and the current disassembling of the welfare state have, many critics claim, sharpened social inequalities and reduced social mobility.

The Review welcomes in particular articles which draw upon an interdisciplinary field which includes other cognate disciplines; and where there is overlap in explaining social problems, in terms of both empirical foci and methods of analysis. The boundaries between social work and other social science disciplines – for example, health studies, sociology,psychology, economics and public sector management – are porous and shifting;and there are clear historical links between social policy and social work. The bureaucratisation of social work and health care, coupled with extensive partnership arrangements with the private, voluntary and 3rd sectors, has characterised a recent transformation of organisational culture and introduced a range of different professionals and others involved in the delivery of care to any one individual or family. The consequences of recent social policy developments, in particular the cuts in welfare spending, will impact upon the economic and social well-being of vulnerable people, while at the same time constraining the options and resources available to social workers.'

Recruitment of new Editor
Dr Nigel Malin has edited Social Work & Social Sciences Review since 2012. During his tenure, his outstanding work in the field and his experience and networks have contributed to a continually high standard, and the dissemination of important new ideas and work. Dr Malin has said that he now wishes to resign. We express our profound appreciation of his contribution over the years.

We are now seeking a new Editor (or Co-Editors). The call for expressions of interest can be found below. Closing date for applications is 30th July 2021.

Any questions about the editorship should be sent to the publishers at

  • Dr Nigel Malin, BA; Dip.Adv.Studs.(Soc.Admin.); M.Phil; M.Litt; Ph.D; FRSA, Sheffield. , UK
  • Mr Graham Brotherton Head of Working with Children and Young Families, Newman University, Birmingham, UK
  • Professor Dawn Forman Director, Interactive Leadership and Management Development, Visiting Professor, University of Derby and Chichester University, UK, and Adjunct Professor, Curtin University and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Professor Nick Frost Professor of Social Work (Children, Childhood and Families) Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • Professor Bob Gates Professor of Learning Disabilities, University of West London, Institute for Practice, Interdisciplinary Studies and Enterprise, UK
  • Ms Stephanie Lacey Dept of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York (Regional Coordinator, Making Research Count)), UK
  • Professor Edgar Marthinsen Dept of Social Work, University College of South-Troendelag, Trondheim, Norway
  • Ms Jo Moriarty Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College, London, UK
  • Professor Annmarie Ruston Professor of Primary Care, College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby, UK
    Dr Tina Patel Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Health & Society, Salford University, UK
    Mr Jim Rogers School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln, UK
    Dr Jo Ward Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Nottingham Trent University, UK
    Dr Joanne Warner School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK
    Dr Chris Yuill Lecturer, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, UK

Articles should be submitted using our online submission system, PKP.

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