Professor Richard Hugman

Professor
BA (Hons) (Hull), DipAppSocSt (Sheff), CQSW (CCETSW), PhD (Lanc)
School of Social Sciences, Centre for Refugee Research

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 2778
+61 (2) 9662 8991
Room G52, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Work

Research

Richard Hugman is a Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Sciences (SoSS) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Richard is a qualified social worker who spent a decade in practice. His current research includes developing new approaches in ethics for the caring professions, virtue ethics in social work (ARC Discovery, with colleagues at Charles Sturt University) and an anlysis of the meaning of human rights for refugees settled in Australia (ARC Linkage, with the Centre for Refugee Research). He is also working on a critical analysis of international social work, with particular reference to culture, difference and shared values, and on social development as social work practice. Since 2004 Richard has worked with UNICEF Vietnam to advise the Vietnam Government on the development of professional social work. Between 2008 and 2014 he was the ethics commissioner of the International Federation of Social Workers and he was a member of the ‘expert panel’ which drafted the current international statement on ethics for social work. Previously he has undertaken various research projects concerning late life, community and social welfare, mental health, and the organization of social services. Richard is a member of the Asia-Pacific regional editorial board of Ethics & Social Welfare, and member of the editorial board of Australian Journal of Human Rights. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work and a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Research Areas

Professional ethics, including research ethics; international issues in social work and social development; old age/late life; mental health; social policies relating to social work, social care, human services and community welfare

Current Research Projects

  • The meaning of human rights for refugees settled in Australia (ACR Linkage - with Centre for Refugee Research)
  • Virstuous practitioners: virtue ethics in social work practice (ARC Discovery - with Charles Sturt University)
  • Social Development in Social Work (contracted with Routledge)
  • Rethinking Social Work Ethics (contracted with Palgrave-Macmillan)

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Professional ethics, including research ethics; international issues in social work and social development; old age/late life; mental health; social policies relating to social work, social care, human services and community welfare

Recent Postgraduate Research Completions

  • Nguyen Thi Thai Lan, PhD Social Work, The role of international organisations in the provision of social work services for disadvantaged children in Vietnam
  • Rebecca Eckert, PhD Social Work, Refugee research
  • Mim Fox, PhD Social Science, International field education in social work
  • Sacha Kendall, PhD Social Work, Ethics and involuntary treatment of anorexia nervosa

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision 

  • Charles Lo, PhD Sociology, Old gay men and home care
  • Teck Huat Lim, PhD Social Science, The meaning of community in community services for older people in Singapore and Australia
  • Helen Kendall, PhD Landscape Architecture, Ageing in place: urban design for access by older people (Faculty of the Built Environment)
  • Prasheela Karan, PhD Social Science, The impact of micro-credit in gender mainstreaming in social development 

Teaching

Teaching areas
Professional ethics; social work as a profession; international social work; practice and policy in social development

Current teaching
SOCW4016 Social Work Honours - Advanced Practice Portfolio
SOCW4003 Social Work Practice - Selected Studies 2: Social Development
SOCW3009 Ethics and Reflective Practice

Affiliation and Memberships

Australian College of Social Work

International Federation of Social Workers

Australian Association of Gerontology

Publications

Teaching

Coursework Teaching

 

Professional ethics; social work as a profession; international social work; social work and social development

 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Current:

Design of communities for older people

The role of community in communtiy care for older people: Australia and Singapore

The impact on women's lives of micro-credit

Recent:

International social work education

The contrbution of international organisations to the development of social work services for disadvantaged children in Viet Nam

Honours and prizes

Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAGF) 2002

Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley 2007

Visiting Professor, University of Durham (UK) 2007

Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work (FACSW) 2011

Vice-Chanecellor's Staff Awards, Senior Leadership 2012