Keynote Speakers

Dr. Alessandro Sicora

foto SICORA Alessandro 02-10-21 Alessandro Sicora, PhD, is associate professor at the University of Trento where he teaches at the Social Work BA and MA. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) from 2011 to 2015. Currently he is the Chair of the European Social Work Research Association. He is a Marie Curie Fellow, Research Associate of the Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Associated investigator for the PRIN research “Constructions of Parenting on Insecure Grounds: What Role for Social Work? (CoPInG)”. His main research interests include: methods of social work, reflexive practice, professional mistakes, emotions in social work, social planning, comparative social policy and the implications of neoliberalism for social work. His more recent publications are on aggressions against social workers, shame and other emotions in social work practice and education. Professor Sicora’s keynote address at the SWIC 2022 conference: Reflective practice in social work: learning from failures, crisis, ‘difficult’ experiences and emotions.

Dr. Rudi Roose

Rudi-Roose Rudi Roose, PhD, is professor of Social Work, affiliated to the department of Social Work & Social Pedagogy at Ghent University, Belgium. His research interest is focused on the development of critical social work in neo-managerial contexts. He is co editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Social Work and chair of The International Social Work & Society Academy (Tissa). Professor Roose’s keynote address at the SWIC 2022 conference: Critical social work as imperfect work.

Dr. Aila-Leena Matthies

Aila-Leena_Matthies12 Aila-Leena Matthies, Ph.D., is a professor of Social Work at the University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Finland, since 2007. At the second campus of the JYU, at the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, she is leading the unit of social sciences including bachelor, master and doctoral level education of social work as well as research and development projects. She is significantly involved in advancing the research, education and practice of environmental sustainability and ecosocial approaches in the field of social work. She is also profiled in the research of participation and role of civil society in welfare services. Currently she is coordinating an European Commission-funded international doctoral training and research project “Applying Sustainability Transition Research in Social Work tackling Major Societal Challenge of Social Inclusion”. She has published 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles and co-edited 26 edited books or special issues. From 2013 to 2021 she was member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Schools of Social Work. Professor Matthies’ keynote address at the SWIC 2022 conference: From Schock to Actions – Challenges and options of Social Work to contribute to ecosocial sustainability transitions.