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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Social Work Education

For a Special Issue on
The Sustainable Development Goals And Role Of Social Work Education

Abstract deadline
20 May 2021

Manuscript deadline
01 September 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Karen Rice, Associate Professor of Social Work, Millersville University of PA, USA
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Colleen Fisher, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
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Jocelyn Hermoso, Associate Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University, USA
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The Sustainable Development Goals And Role Of Social Work Education

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 goals that offered an integrated approach to economic and social development, especially driven by the recognition that environmental issues and many health and social challenges know no borders. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, offer a framework for moving toward the realization of meeting the needs of individuals and communities. The SDGs aim to address the needs of the people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership and calls upon all key stakeholders to realize them by the 2030 target.

With their focus on the economic and social functioning at various levels of care, the SDGs are strongly aligned with social work goals and mirror social work’s focus on individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities that contribute to health and well-being. Moreover, while some social work education programs have historically struggled with bridging the micro-macro divide in curricula, the SDGs provide a useful roadmap for combining efforts of civil society with those of governments to address the world’s most pressing social, economic, and health issues.

Building on the SDGs, the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development 2020-2030, was developed in a joint effort by the profession’s global membership bodies: International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), and the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW). The Agenda aims to unite social work and social development efforts around the world, offering focus for World Social Work Day and regional and national conferences and highlighting the role of social workers in responding to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposed special edition of Social Work Education will foster dialogue and advance knowledge on the specific role of social work programs and curricula in advancing these critical goals. The call for contributions will invite submissions from across the broad range of social work education issues and topics. These may include:

  • Pedagogical approaches for uniting social work and social development
  • Efforts to incorporate SDGs/social work Agenda into the implicit curriculum
  • SDG-focused student assessment
  • Preparing students to address Global Goals through field education
  • Curricular strategies for incorporating the SDGs/Agenda into the core curriculum
  • How social work programs articulate organizational commitment to the SDGs/Agenda
  • Efforts of social work educators to engage in SDGs/Agenda University-community partnerships

Submission Instructions


  • April 1, 2021: Call for abstracts
  • April 1st to May 20th Abstract submission and selection period
  • June 1st: Authors notified
  • Sept 1st: Manuscript Due
  • Sept 2021-March 2022: Reviews and Revisions Completed
  • March 2022: Final Decisions to authors
  • April/May 2022: Author proofs generated & approved/publisher preparation period
  • June 2022: Publication of Special Issue

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