Keynote Speakers

Dr. Darja Zaviršek

Dr.Darja-ZavirsekDarja Zaviršek, Ph.D. is Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work, where she is Chair of the Department of social justice and inclusion in the area of disability, gender and ethnicity and Programme Director of Indosow-International doctoral programme in social work and social policy. Dr. Zaviršek is Honorary Professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Social Sciences in Berlin. She is also President of the East European Regional Association of the Schools of Social Work and former Chair of the International Project Committee and Katherine Kendal Award.

Dr. Zaviršek is a member of the International Advisory Boards of seveal journals (International Social Work, International Journal of Social Welfare, Social Policy Journal). Her main interest areas include: disability studies, gender studies, diversity studies in social work, qualitative critical social work methods, and history of social work. Among her current activities are: teaching at different universities in the western and Eastern Europe, research on social parenthood, international adoptions, disability rights, and women’s violence.


Dr. Judith Metz

Dr.Judith-MetzJudith Metz, Ph.D. is Professor of Urban Youth Work within the School of Social Work and Law at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Chair of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA). At Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Metz is heading the Youth Spot Research Group since 2010. The Research Group researches how young people can be encouraged to participate in the community at a time in which tolerance, space, resources and opportunities for young people are on the decline. Within the broad field of welfare and participation, Dr. Metz focuses on youth work, welfare, professionalisation and civil society. She uses her knowledge on participation issues and exclusion processes to contribute to the further professionalisation of youth work.

Dr. Metz studied Women’s Studies and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the Radboud University. Her thesis ”Het gekraakte ideaal, omgangsvormen en seksisme binnen de links radicale beweging” (The broken ideal. Sexism and solidarity within the radical left social movement in the Netherlands) was published by Ravijn. In 2006, Dr. Metz was awarded her doctorate at the University for Humanistics for her dissertation on ”De tweeledige werking van intermediairs voor burgerparticipatie” (The twofold functioning of intermediaries for the purpose of citizen participation).

Dr. Metz published various books, articles and reports on professionalization issues within the field of social work, social policy, practice research and youth work methods such as open youth work, detached youth work, individual support and social group work. Her recent books include: ”Welzijn in de 21ste eeuw” (Welfare in the 21 st century) (2011), ”Het mooie is dat je er niet alleen voor staat” (The nice thing is you’re not alone) (2013, with J. Sonneveld), Volunteering and Youth Services (2014, with L. Karr and L. Meijs) and ”Groepswerk met jongeren in de wijk” (Group work with young people in the district) (2015, with J. Sonneveld).