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Finest research award in Europe for article on the key role of social workers in preventing environmental threats


Komalsingh Rambaree, docent in social work at University of Gävle, was awarded first prize when European Association of Schools of Social Work selected the best article of 2021.

“Major climate disturbances cause poverty, displacement and mental illness and social workers can play important roles in a necessary social transition,” Komalsingh Rambaree says.

Komalsingh Rambaree

Komalsingh Rambaree argues that social work education should consider ecological and environmental sustainability. Environmental social work is an approach that provides a more holistic view on social work as it focuses on ecological and environmental sustainability as well as justice within the context of sustainable development

"Social workers are important for social change"

Komalsingh Rambaree points out that the fact that climate changes and major climate emergencies cause poverty, migration/displacement, famine and mental illness makes it an obligation for social work to consider environmental sustainability within its education and practice.

“Environmental threats to human well-being and our continued existence demand a major social shift towards social sustainability within all social sectors, and here the social worker can play a vital role to facilitate a necessary social transition.”

“Social workers have a political mandate in their professional ethics to strive to protect all life on the planet, but very few universities focus on this area. My study provides important arguments as to why environment sustainability should be included in the social work curricula.”

Article: Environmental social work: Implications for accelerating the implementation of sustainable development in social work

Komalsingh Rambaree is vice president for International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) and board member in International Council on Social Welfare, ICSW-Sverige.

Research presentation


Komalsingh Rambaree, docent in social work at University of Gävle and vice president in ICSD
E-mail: Komal.Singh.Rambaree@hig.se

Text: Douglas Öhrbom
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Published by: Douglas Öhrbom Page responsible: Anders Munck Updated: 2021-09-08
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