About the Journal


Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory (ISSN 2209-0878) aims to provide a platform for those advancing knowledge and debate on any aspect of social justice-informed social work, social policy, practice or theory.

With a goal of publishing twice yearly, the journal welcomes submissions that explore questions of: social injustice; inequity; systemic and/or individual oppression; the power dynamics of social relations such as race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, age, region, political economy; questions engaging with intersectionality and multiple oppressions; and various forms of resistance, social change, social policy and social justice initiatives.  

An online, open access social work and social policy journal published by Social Work and Policy Studies, University of Sydney through the University of Sydney Library.  Please register to be informed when submissions are open or a new issue is published.

Current Issue

Vol. 6 No. 2 (2023): Communities and Disasters: special edition

The papers in this Special Edition were developed through a series of collaborative workshops. Some papers began life as conference papers, others as student papers and others as niggles that needed scratching. Authors were invited to participate in the workshops and encouraged to publish. Participants generously suggested new approaches and shared literature to assist in the development of ideas. The aim of this approach was to move away from the traditional blind review processes that can often be demoralising. We'd like to thank the authors for their generous and generative contributions to building knowledge about communities in the context of disasters.


Published: 2024-02-05
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Margot Rawsthorne, University of Sydney, Australia

Donna Baines, University of British Columbia, Canada


Editorial Board

Malcolm Carey, University of Chester, UK

Bonnie Freeman, McMaster University, Canada

Paul Michael Garrett, NUI Galway, Republic of Ireland

Jude Irwin (Emeritus), University of Sydney, Australia

Mary Mitchell, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Lindsey Napier (Emeritus), University of Sydney, Australia

Alankaar Sharma, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Frank Wang, National Chen Chi University, Taiwan