PANDA-project: focus and aims
This international research project explores pandemic and post-pandemic social work in the glocal settings. The project explores the phenomena, practices, challenges and solutions caused by the coronavirus pandemic in social work and in the lives of its clients.
The aim of the project is to study the change of social work in the era of compressed modernity. Theoretically speaking, the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences represent an excellent illustration of the challenges that social work is facing in the era of compressed modernity. A viral pandemic is a global phenomenon and challenge, but its consequences and solutions are predominantly local, reminding of a slogan “Think globally, act locally!”. The epistemological and theoretical starting points of the research project are in critical realism, the complexity theory and the adaptive governance theory.
In terms of the pandemic, the project will examine,
1) what challenges does social work face during and after a pandemic, and what types of solutions are developed and innovated,
2) what types of experiences and perceptions do social welfare professionals have over pandemic and post-pandemic phenomena that occur in the lives of social work clients;
3) What kinds of personal thoughts, feelings and emotions social work professional do face during and after a pandemic and
4) How social work is positioned in public debates and taken account in measures applied to a pandemic?