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. 7 No. 1 (2024): Emerging scholars edition

In this edition we profile a diverse range of emerging scholars participating in social work education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The papers make a thoughtful contribution to social justice practice and theory in fields as diverse as child protection, mental health and aged care. They advocate for policy, practice and educational change to support social justice for those we work with. As editors, we are pleased to be able to provide a space for new writers and look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.

Margot and Donna

Published: 2024-06-05
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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