- B.A. (SW);
- Globalisation; social justice; human rights; vulnerable groups; community work; international social work
- Emancipatory/critical/radical social work; social justice; human rights; social work ethics and values; international social work
Publications / Selected Publications – 85 publications to date
- Larsen, A. K.; Sewpaul, V. and Oline, G. (Eds.) (2014). Participation in Community Work: International Perspectives, London: Routledge.
- Sewpaul, V. and Holscher, D. (2004). Social Work in Times of Neoliberalism: A Postmodern Discourse. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.
Journal Articles since 2004
- Gilbert, I. & Sewpaul. V. (2014). Challenging dominant discourses on abortion from a radical feminist perspective. Affilia, The Journal of Women and Social Work (accepted)
- Osthus, I. S. & Sewpaul, V (2014). Gender, power and sexuality among youth on the streets of Durban. International Social Work, 57(4): 325-336
- Naidoo, L. & Sewpaul, V. (2014). The life experiences of adolescent sexual offenders: Factors that contribute to offending behaviours, Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 50(1): 84-98
- Sewpaul, V. (2013). Editorial, Review of the international definition of social work. Social work/Maatskaplike Werk, 49(2): x-iv
- Sewpaul, V. (2013). Neoliberalism and social work in South Africa, Critical and Radical Social Work, 1 (1) 15-30.
- Produced a special edition on: Child Rights in Africa with my colleague, Professor Carmel Matthias for the journal International Social Work – published January 2013 (Editorial)
- Sewpaul (2013) Inscribed in our blood: Confronting and challenging the ideology of sexism and racism. Affilia, The Journal of Women and Social Work 28 (2): 116-125.
- Sewpaul, V. (2012) et al. Life on the streets of Durban: No millionaire ending. Social work/Maatskaplike Werk, 48 (3): 241-254.
- Sewpaul, V.; Osthus, I. & Mhone, C. (2011). Emancipatory pedagogy and community work: The teaching-practice nexus. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk 47 (4): 391-404
- Sewpaul, V and Pillay, A (2011) Household and family structure: A baseline study among primary school learners in Chatsworth, South Africa. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk 47 (3): 287-300
- Sewpaul, V. (2010) Professionalism, postmodern ethics and global standards for social work education and training. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk 46(3): 253-262
- Sewpaul V. (2010). Adoption: A story of telling and of healing. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 46(2): 249-252
- Sewpaul, V. (2009). Transforming gender relationships: Rural women in Africa. Agenda.
- Sakaguchi, H. and Sewpaul, V. (2009 ). Comparison of social work education across South Africa and Japan in relation to the Global Standards. International Journal of social Welfare. Vol. 18
- Sewpaul, V. (2009). National identity, national consciousness and soccer 2010: Should social work be concerned. International Social Work
- Sewpaul, V. (2008). Social work education in the era of globalization. Caribbean Journal of Social Work, Vol. 6/7: 16-35
- Johansson, I.; Sewpaul, V; Horverak, S.; Schjelderup, L.; More, C. and Bornholdt, L. (2008). Innovations in social welfare: Empowerment and globalisation in a Nordic social work education context. International Journal of Social Welfare, 17: 260-286
- Sewpaul, V and Holscher, D. (2008). Editorial. International Social Work, 51(3): 293-296.
- Produced special edition of ISW on “Focus on Africa” with D. Holscher
- Kabeera, B. and Sewpaul, V. (2008). Genocide and its aftermath: The case of Rwanda. International Social Work, 51(3): 324-336
- Sewpaul, V. (2008). Globalization, western hegemony and Chinese particularism: Implications for social work and social policy, Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk
- Sewpaul, V. (2008). Editorial. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk.
- Sewpaul, (2007). Editorial: Lessons from Rwanda. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk,
- Sewpaul, V. (2007). Challenging East-West value dichotomies and essentialising discourse on culture and social work. International Journal of Social Welfare. 16: 398-407
- Sewpaul, V. (2007). Power, discourse and ideology: Challenging essentialist notions of race and identity in institutions of higher learning in South Africa. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 43(1): 16- 27
- Sewpaul, V. (2006). Focus on Africa: The African Union plan of action for the family in Africa. International Social Work. 49(1): 129-136.
- Sewpaul, V. (2006). The global-local dialectic: Challenges for African scholarship and social work in a post- colonial world. British Journal of Social Work. 36:419-434.
- Lyons, K. and Sewpaul, V. (2006). Editorial. International Social Work.
- Sewpaul, V. (2006). The power of biography: Shifting the boundaries of knowledge through emancipatory pedagogy and critical consciousness. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 42 (2): 101-116
- Sewpaul, V. (2005). Editoral. International Social Work. 48(2): 123-125
- Sewpaul, V. (2005) Globalisation, African Governance and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development: Relevance for Social Work. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk. 41(2): 109-122
- Sewpaul, V. & Jones, D. (2005). Global standards for the Education and Training of the Social Work Profession. International Journal of Social Welfare. 14(2): 218-230
- Sewpaul, V. (2005). Global Standards: Possibilities and Pitfalls for Re-inscribing Social Work into Civil Society. International Journal of Social Welfare. 14(2): 210-217
- Sewpaul, V. (2005). Feminism and Globalisation: The promise of Beijing and neoliberal capitalism in Africa. Agenda 64: 104-113
- Sewpaul, V. (2005). A structural social justice approach to family policy: A critique of the Draft South African Family Policy. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk. 41(4):310-322
- Sewpaul, V. and Preston-Shoot (2004). Editorial. Social Work Education 23( 5): 491-492.
- Sewpaul, V. and Jones, D. (2004). Global standards for social work education and training. Social Work Education. 23 (5): 493-513.
- Sewpaul, V. and Lombard, A. (2004). Social work education and training in Africa. Social Work Education. 23 (5): 537-554
- Sewpaul, V. and Williams, L. (2004). Modernism, postmodernism and global standards setting. Social Work Education. 23 (5): 555-565.
- Sewpaul, V. (2004). Emancipatory citizen education in action: Discourse ethics and deconstruction. (Part 1). Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk. 40 (4): 336-343.
- Sewpaul, V. (2004). Emancipatory citizen education in action: Creative teaching/learning options (Part 11). Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk. 40 (4): 336-343.
Chapters in Books
- Sewpaul, V. (2014). Social work and human rights: An African perspective, In (Ed.). S. Hessle, Human Rights and Social Equality: Challenges Ashgate: Surrey.
- Sewpaul, V. (2014). Social work education: Current trends and future directions. In (Eds). C. Noble; Strauss, H. & B. Littlechild, Global Social Work: Crossing borders, blurring boundaries, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
- Sewpaul, V. (2014). Neoliberalism: Conceptualization, history and consequences, International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences (accepted)
- Sewpaul, V. (2014). Poverty and social work in Africa: The indelible reality. In (Ed). H. Spitzer, Professional social work in East Africa. (accepted)
- Sewpaul, V. (2014). Emancipatory education: Towards engaged citizenship, democratic practices and active community engagement, In (Eds.) L. Dominelli & Moosa-Mitha, M. Reconfiguring citizenship: Social exclusion and diversity within inclusive citizenship practices, Hampshire: Ashgate.
- Sewpaul, V. (2014). Community work and the challenges of neoliberalism and new managerialism: resistance, the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring In (eds.) Larsen, A.K; Sewpaul, V. and Oline, G. Participation in Community Work: International Perspectives, London: Routledge.
- Larsen, A. K.; Sewpaul, V. and Oline, G. (2014 ). Introduction: A participatory approach to community work, In (eds.) Larsen, A.K; Sewpaul, V. and Oline, G. Participation in Community Work: International Perspectives, London: Routledge.
- Sewpaul, V. and Larsen, A.K. (2014). Community development: Towards an integrated emancipatory framework, In (eds.) Larsen, A.K; Sewpaul, V. and Oline, G. Participation in Community Work: International Perspectives, London: Routledge.
- Sewpaul, V.; Osthus, I. and Mhone, C. (2014) Power and participation in community work research and practice, In (eds.) Larsen, A.K; Sewpaul, V. and Oline, G. Participation in Community Work: International Perspectives, London: Routledge
- Sewpaul, V. and Osthus I. (2009), Critical Action research: Transferring lessons from the streets of New Delhi, India to the streets of Durban, South Africa In [Eds.] Zavirsek, D and Ramon, S. Critical Edge Issues in Social Work and Social Policy. Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana
- Sewpaul,V. (2008). Community intervention and social activism. In (Eds). Barnard, A.; Horner, N. and Wild, J. (Eds.). The value base of social work and social care. Berkshire: Open University Press.
- Sewpaul, V. & Holscher, D. (2007). Against the odds: Community based interventions for children in difficult circumstances. In Dominelli, L.D. (Ed.). Revitalising Communities, Hampshire: Ashgate.
- Holscher, D. & Sewpaul, V. (2006). Ethics as a site of resistance: The tensions between social control and reflection. In Hall, N. (Ed.). Social Work around the World IV, Berne: IFSW Press.
- Sewpaul, V. and Raniga, T. (2005). Producing results: Researching social work interventions on HIV/AIDS in the context of the school. In Adams, R.; Dominelli, L.D. and Payne, M. (Eds.). Social Work Futures: Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Practice. Hampshire: Palgrave
- Sewpaul, V. (2004). Globalisation, African governance and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). In Ngoh-Tiong, T. and Rowlands, A. (Eds.). Social Work around the World III, Berne, IFSW Press.
- Sewpaul, V. (2003). Reframing epistemologies and practice through international exchanges: Global and local discourses in the development of critical consciousness. In Dominelli, L.D. and Moore, W.T. (Eds). Broadening Horizons: International Exchanges in Social Work. Aldershot, Ashgate.
- President: Association of Schools of Social work in Africa
- Vice-President: International Association of Schools of Social Work
- Task team for the re-writing of national social work education and training standards with the Council on Higher Education (CHE)
- Writing the National Review Report on the national review of the BSW programme
- Global consultations to produce the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training and the Global Definition for the Social Work Profession
- Reviews for several international journals
- External examiner for several national and international universities
- Keynote conference addresses and invited lectures in 26 countries
- Extensive work with children and youth living on the streets incorporating field supervision; research; capacity building and training and primary preventive efforts, informed by participatory, emancipatory methodologies.
- Schools based work informed by emancipatory approaches, adopting a whole school framework – current focus on a “Suicide is not an option” campaign, responding to immediate identified need + several other efforts to prevent school drop out and enhance functioning.
- Organised and hosted national and international conferences; currently organizing an international conference for 2015
- In recognition of contribution to international social work, social justice and human rights awarded an Honorary doctoral degree from Mid-Sweden University (2014)
- Eileen Younghusband Award for distinguished service (2014)
- First runner up for a Distinguished Women In Science Award (Social Sciences and Humanities) awarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (2013) for “outstanding contribution to building South Africa’s scientific and research knowledge base”
- Emancipatory/critical/radical theories
- Qualitative research
- Participatory research methodologies
- Values and ethics
Student Supervision (Honours, Master, PhD …)
- Linda Naidoo: Understanding child sex offenders: Implications for protection of children in South Africa
- Mildred Tambudzai Mushunje: The gender dimensions of the utilisation of agricultural inputs for food and income security: A case study of subsistence farming in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe.
- Boitumelo Khothatso Tshabalala: Parenting from a distance: The views of domestic helpers, their partners and key stakeholders
- Gilbert, I. (2014). Narratives on abortion: Feminist, ethical and religious considerations
- Grinion, P. (2008). A phenomenological study of infertility: The US and Jamaica compared
- Raniga, T. (2006). The Implementation of the National Life-skills and HIV/AIDS School Policy and Programme in the Ethekwini region
- Demmer, C. (2005). Aids-related bereavement in the South African context: A study of KwaZulu Natal, Durban
- Bhagwan, R. (2002). The role of religion and spirituality in social work practice: Guidelines for curricula development at S.A. School of Social Work.
- Simpson. B. (2002). Social work in informal settlements.
- Veeran, D. L. (1999) Perceptions of policy makers, service providers and children from the streets: Policy guidelines and intervention strategies.
- Currently supervising four Masters students undertaking research in the areas of domestic violence; international students experiences; neoliberalism and its impact on social work; and substance abuse prevention.
Graduated Masters since 2002
- Chirkoot, C. (2014). Discharge planning in a tertiary hospital in KwaZulu Natal
- Hlatshwayo, S. (2014). An investigation into the administration of the Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Grant in Swaziland
- Vahed, R. (2013) Coping with ischemic heart disease: Views and experiences of key participants, their partners and medical practitioners.
- Ncube, S. (2013). Women and contraceptive use: A case study of a modern South African informal settlement
- Osthus, I. S. (2012). Sexuality, parenthood and identity: Relationships among female and male youth living on the streets of Durban CBD. (Passed summa cum laude)
- Mhone, C. (2012). Intra and inter-organisational factors that facilitate or hamper services to children and youth living on the streets of Durban CBD (passed with distinction)
- Naicker, M. (2011). Factors that influence adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy [HAART]
- Pillay, A (2009). The influence of household and family structure on children in the Chatsworth area
- Ramsuran, S. (2009). The life experiences of children orphaned on account of HIV/AIDS
- Zungu, Z. (2007). Factors contributing to the success or failure of income-generation projects in Nongoma, KwaZulu Natal (passed with distinction)
- Govender M. (2007). An investigation into the phenomena of bullying and violence in secondary schools in Durban (Merebank and Umlazi) (Passed with distinction)
- Gordhan, H. (2007).The responses of Child Welfare Organisations in KwaZulu Natal to the challenges of HIV/AIDS
- Kabeera, B. (2006). The experiences and needs of returning refugees to Kigali, Rwanda and the role of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in their repatriation (Passed with distinction).
- Shozi, P. (2005). The development of evaluative strategies for harm reduction programmes for street children in Durban: A PAR approach
- Reddy, P. (2005). The Development of Evaluation Strategies for Girl Street Children in Durban: A Participatory Action Research Approach
- Mathe. B. (2004). The responsiveness of sexual offenders to a therapeutic group work programme at Westville Medium B Prison.
- Sheik F. (2003). Women’s experiences and expectations of the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1988
- Maqutu, S. (2003). A descriptive study of racial identity amongst UND students in post-apartheid South Africa.
- Howard, A. (2002). An investigation into the reliability of disclosure of sexual abuse by preschool children (under 7 years of age).
- Petty, A. (2002). Adapting a Western model of filial therapy to a locally specific form through a participatory process with kinship carers (Passed with distinction).
- Dhabicharan, L. (2002). Experiences of juvenile sex offenders. (Passed with distinction).
- Holscher, D. (2002). The self-conceptualisation of social work in South Africa. A discourse analysis of managerialism and the marketisation of welfare in South Africa. (Passed with distinction).