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Research and Development

Social work research builds knowledge about the relationship between the individual and society, and about how to manage this relationship. It thus develops both the knowledge and capacity for effective problem management. Research at the FHNW School of Social Work analyses the lifeworld of social work clients, and investigates the emergence of problems and how to best manage these. Our work aims to update and shape social work practice as effectively as possible, and to further develop and innovate it towards the future.

Some of our research projects are undertaken as commissioned projects, for instance for public authorities or non-profit organisations, while others receive third-party funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), DO REsearch DORE, or the federal innovation promotion agency (CTI).

We have profound research and development expertise in «Social Innovation».

Our work is concentrated around four core specialisations:

  • Client Research 
  • Organisational and Social Work Research
  • Cooperative Practice Development
  • Evaluation and Impact Research

Our research reflects the core expertise of our various thematic institutes:

Our Centre for Social Work Studies focuses, among other areas, on Education Research and Professionalisation. For further details on individual research projects and publications, please view the general list on this site or the links provided for our Institutes and Centre for Social Work Studies.

For information on individual research projects, research and development commissions, and questions concerning project-specific cooperations, please contact the respective thematic institute or the Centre for Social Work Studies.

For general research and development enquiries, please contact , PhD, Scientific Support Centre, FHNW School of Social Work.

Our series of publications on «Social Innovation  – Research and Development in Social Work» (available in German only) provides an annual survey of current research projects.

Download our brochure «Social Innovation  – Research and Development in Social Work» (german only):

To order copies, please telephone +41 (0)848 821 011

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