Vasilios Ioakimidis


Vasilios Ioakimidis is the Founding Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work at the University of Essex. Prior to the University of Essex he was Programme Director for the MA International Social Work and Community Development at Durham University. He is also the elected Vice President of the European Association of Schools of Social Work.

Professor Ioakimidis’ research and publications revolve around the broad theme of Social Work in Extremis, an exploration of social work practice in the context of unpredictable and extraordinary political, social, economic and environmental change. More specifically his work has been focusing on two main areas: a) social work practice in times of political conflict (historical and current) and b) grassroots welfare movements in the context of extraordinary financial and political crisis.

Professor Vasilios Ioakimidis is a founding member of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN), a radical social work organization which brings together social work practitioners, service users, academics and students united in their commitment to promote social justice and defend welfare rights.

He is the current editor of  International Social Work journal (Sage) and a member of the editorial board of the Critical and Radical Social Work Journal.

His latest co-author book (with Iain Ferguson and Michael Lavalette) “Global Social Work in a Political Context; Radical Perspectives” examines the origins of modern social work, addresses the care/control dichotomy and emphasises on what we can learn from politically engaged social work projects across the globe.

Keynote presentation title: Social Work, violence and resistance; a tale of two professions.