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The public health implications of neoliberal policy and management on professions and vulnerable populations


This project will explore the impact of global fiscal changes on social work practice and interventions to develop best practice models. The project focus is on the impact of neoliberalism on social work in the partner countries. Neoliberalism for this study refers to international economic frameworks that support social, cultural and political policies and practices that promote the management of services through these frameworks.

The aim of the project is to collect data on the current delivery, training and policy in the six partner countries in order to transfer knowledge and develop best practice frameworks. The consortium will use the knowledge exchange embedded in the project to provide an analysis of the different social work policies and practice in each partner country. This will then be used to create a best practice framework for teaching and delivery of social work using the core benefits identified in each partner organisation and country.

The project will be delivered through seven core work packages. Research to understand social work through training and in practice in each of the consortium organisations and their countries as a whole forms the basis of this project. Exchanging knowledge and expertise across the consortium through teaching workshops, collaborative working and first-hand experience of social work in each country.

The consortium partners are wide-ranging geographically and in experience (U.K, Finland, Italy, South Africa, India and Russia) this diverse expertise is the catalyst to bring together current policies and draw together best practice. The varied host country backgrounds and current financial status make these partners ideal for effective knowledge sharing and the development of new global social work best practice models.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)


Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 106 800
Administrative Contact
Gary Spolander (Dr.)

Participants (2)

EU contribution
€ 66 300
Ratatie 22
01300 Vantaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Seija Paasovaara (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 47 100
Via Pietro Bucci 7/11/B
87036 Arcavacata Di Rende
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luigi Molinaro (Mr.)