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Professor - Convenor, Social Work discipline, UNSW Sydney

BA (Hons) (Hull), DipAppSocSt (Sheff), CQSW (CCETSW), PhD (Lanc)

Research Summary
Richard Hugman is a qualified social worker who spent a decade in practice. His current research includes developing new approaches in ethics for the caring professions, the application of new ethical theory to research undertaken with refugees (in conjunction with the Centre for Refugee Research); he is also working on the critical analysis of international social work, with particular reference to culture, difference and shared values. Since 2004 Richard has worked with UNICEF Vietnam to advise the Vietnam Government on the development of professional social work. He is also at present the ethics commissioner of the International Federation of Social Workers and he was a member of the ‘expert panel’ which drafted the current international statement on ethics for social work. Previously he has undertaken various research projects concerning late life, community and social welfare, mental health, the organization of social services. Richard is an international editorial advisor to Social Work Education and Ethics & Social Welfare. He is a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology. In 2011 Richard was elected as a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work.
Research Areas

Professional ethics, including research ethics
International issues in social work and social development
Old age/late life
Mental health
Social policies relating to social work, social care, human services and community welfare