McGill University looking for social work research participants


Join a research study via an online survey and help support opportunities for social workers considering global careers!

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Have you had at least one year of paid international social work experience within the last 5 years and...

  • ‣  Are you working/have you worked abroad as a social worker in humanitarian aid, international development, and disaster relief?


  • ‣  Are you working/have you worked domestically with immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers?

    If so, your participation is welcome and feel free to forward this flyer to someone you know!

Who’s conducting this study?

McGill University’s School of Social Work Faculty members Sarilee Kahn, PhD and Tamara Sussman, PhD and doctoral student Hanna Kim, MSW.

As thanks!

At the end of the study, you’ll have a chance to enter a lottery for a 1 in 5 chance of winning a $25 CAD Amazon gift card.

What’s required?

Participation is voluntary and involves an online survey about your perspectives on international social work education, international social work career paths, and recommendations for improving the visibility and credibility of the MSW in the international job market.

How will my responses be collected?

The survey is administered through McGill University's research portal and is anonymous (unless entered into the lottery); no IP addresses will be collected/shared.

How long will it take?

Approximately 15-20 minutes.

Sounds great, how do I take part?

Simply click on the link to be directed to the survey ( index.php?sid=12884&lang=en). More information is available there. You are under no obligation to complete the survey, but we hope you do!

I have questions, who can I contact?

Dr. Sarilee Kahn at

Update post-Seoul

Many members of the Social Workers Without Borders network attended the international social work conference in Seoul in June 2016. The opportunity to listen to papers and dialogue with people from around the world emphasised to us the importance of our burgeoning global network.

The SWWB launch and meet-up was extremely well attended by participants from many countries. We welcome those who signed up to the network. Vibrant discussion took place about both issues of concern and future directions.

From the meeting we identified two main issues to pursue: Environment/sustainability and asylum seekers/refugees. Although other issues put to us are most worthy, we have decided we will focus on these two until we meet again in Dublin in 2018. 

What should happen next? The following suggestions were made:

* Share curriculum resources on sustainability

* Develop common fieldwork practice across countries with credits

* Develop a discussion forum on the SWWB website

* Use the website for petitions

• Record seminars, teaching resources and lectures for the website

* Make use of social media: Facebook and Twitter

We have a lively team of network members who are helping to further develop SWWB. If you have skills and ideas in any of the above areas or more, please let us know by emailing 

Please also let us know if you have any projects that you would like promoted or papers you have written, and we will paste them on the website

And encourage others to join up to the network!

In solidarity

Linda (Australia) and Yasmin (Canada)