Mission

The mission of The Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship is to generate critical and innovative knowledge about poverty and social citizenship that can be used to inform both social work policy and practice in schools of social work and in our communities.

In focusing on social citizenship, the Centre aims to address reducing poverty and inequality not only in terms of meeting people’s basic needs, such as decent food, clothing, and shelter, but also ensuring that all people are able to fully participate in society free of all forms of exploitation. This means expanding on the social welfare role of the state to ensure that a basic standard of social citizenship is achieved for all.

The Carleton School of Social Work continues to provide leadership through its teaching, research, and publications in the ongoing development of this critical approach to intervention and to social citizenship. The structural approach informs and is informed by research, and by new developments in practice theory.

Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of the Centre is to conduct and support high quality research and knowledge mobilization on both policy and practice related to poverty, and social citizenship.

The main objectives of the Centre are to:

  • Partner with local, provincial, national and international organizations whose work is related to poverty reduction and social citizenship and support their efforts by providing high quality research to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work.

  • Disseminate the results of the Centre’s research or research conducted by other organizations involved in poverty reduction and social citizenship through public events such conferences and workshops, or through the publication of journal articles and/or policy papers.

  • Provide research opportunities for social work students interested in poverty reduction and social citizenship by creating research assistant positions and/or by supporting Carleton School of Social Work student research through student participation in conferences and workshops, or through the publication of their research in journal articles and/or policy papers.

 

For the Centre’s full Terms of Reference, click here.