Gale Burford masterclass: numbers, stories, questions - considerations for relational research in social work

Images of digitally generated letters and numbers in primary colours

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 21 February 2017


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Gale Burford


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

Since its origins in the creation of the so-called welfare state, Western professionalised visions of social work have faced ongoing challenges with reconciling: helping with regulation, human rights with social justice, individual autonomy with community wellbeing.

Through the use of examples, this session grapples with the ways in which these paradoxes play out in social work research, especially research involving human subjects, and sheds light on methodologies that are consistent with honouring safety, accountability and culture.

Co-hosted by the Children’s Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy and RegNet, this masterclass is open to all Phd students and ECRs in RegNet and Crawford, and will be of particular interest to those conducting qualitative research.

Participants are asked to prepare for this masterclass by reading:

  • Burford, Gale; Adams, Paul. “Restorative Justice, Responsive Regulation and Social Work.” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 31.1 (2004): 7-26, which can be downloaded here.

Please register at this webform so you can let Gale know what you’d like covered in his masterclass.

About Gale Burford

Gale is Emeritus Professor at the University of Vermont and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School. Until his retirement from University of Vermont in 2014, he was Director of the University-State Child Welfare Training Partnership and Principal Investigator for the Vermont Community Justice Consortium.

He has published on a wide range research activities, including those that focus restorative justice and family engagement interventions – particularly in situations of child abuse and interpersonal violence, the use of drug courts, reparative probation with adult offenders, a youth-run community living program, group care and residential treatment programs, differential treatment approaches, teamwork, and organizational change.

Gale’s professional life has revolved around practice, regular study, teaching and research in international venues but particularly in Northern England and New Zealand. He has experience in public service as a foster and group home parent, caseworker and social work practitioner, trainer, and supervisor, manager and senior administrator in services for children, young people and their families and conducted private practice of individual, group and family counseling for 25 years. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his spouse Kathy.

For more detail, visit his RegNet profile.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet