Chui-man PAK Bio
Chui-man PAK has been a social worker for more than twenty years. He received his
bachelor and master degrees in social work from the Hong Kong Polytechnic
University. He is now pursuing a PhD at the University. He is currently working at the
Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a fieldwork supervisor and lecturer. He is
supervising social work and social policy students of Hong Kong and from Chinese
Mainland in Hong Kong and in various cities of China. He has organized many
international conferences and training for social work practitioners, academics and
officials. His research interests are in social work administration, elderly and carer
services and social work education.
Ming-Sum Tsui Bio
Ming-sum TSUI is Professor & Dean of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher
Education, Hong Kong. He is also an adjunct professor of other nine universities in the
world. Before joining CIHE, he was Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean, Faculty
of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Ming-sum has 38
years of experience in practicing, researching, and teaching social work practice.
Ming-sum received his MSW from McGill University and earned his PhD from the
University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers
(ACSW) and the first international member of Certified Social Work Managers (CSWM).
At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ming-sum has set up the first Doctor of Social
Work (DSW) program in Asia.
The research interests of Ming-sum include human service management, supervision
and professional development, theory and practice of social work, social work education and
substance abuse. He has published more than 140 pieces of research work, including 12
books (e.g., Social Work Supervision: Contexts and Concepts. Sage, 2005) and 70 refereed
journal articles (e.g., “Gone with the Wind: The impact of managerialism on human
services” (2004), “Social work administration revisited” (2009).
With three books and more than 20 journal articles, Ming-sum has been the most
productive researcher in social work supervision in the world since 2005. In the area of
social work theory and practice, Ming-sum is the most productive author in International
Social Work. His journal article “From resilience to resistance: A reconstruction of the
strengths perspective in social work practice” received the Frank Turner Best Paper Award
2010 from International Social Work. It has become the most-downloaded social work
article in the world.
Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung Bio
Johnson Chun-sing CHEUNG is currently a full-time lecturer at the Department of Social Work of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He teaches “Social Work Research”, “Program Evaluation”, “Community Work” and other courses at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Johnson was an experienced local practitioner, with an extensive background in both frontline and administrative positions for 13 years. His research interests range widely, from micro to macro social work practice, as well as from intervention to philosophy. Besides serving as the editorial board member of the journal “Research on Social Work Practice” and reviewer of a number of other SSCI journals, he has a proven track record of successful publications in major peer-reviewed journals in social work. His recent publication was “Cheung, J. C. S. (2017). Practice wisdom in social work: an uncommon sense in the intersubjective encounter. European Journal of Social Work, 20(5), 619-629”.
Theresa Anasti Bio
Theresa Anasti is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Oakland University. Her work focuses on the role of human service nonprofit organizations in social change, particularly focusing on the incorporation of the perspectives of marginalized populations in their work. She has published in the journals Human Service Organizations and Sexualities, as well as the LA Review of Books. She received her MSW in 2012 and her PhD in Social Service Administration in 2017, both from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Detroit, MI.
Dr. Natasha Cortis Bio
Dr. Natasha Cortis is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales. Her research explores the organization, delivery, and evaluation of human services, focusing on funding and workforce issues in community services; the status and sustainability of not-for-profit organizations; and women’s employment and economic security. Dr. Cortis joined the Centre in 2005 and was UNSW Vice-Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-13. She is part of the Australian Council of Social Service Policy Adviser Network and Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues.
Abigail Powell Bio
Abigail Powell is a leading researcher in equality and social policy, with a passion for social justice. Abigail is an expert in the gender division of labor (in the home and workplace), youth studies and complex evaluation and impact measurement. Abigail also has a keen interest in organizational governance, leadership, collaboration and workforce capacity in the social purpose sector. Abigail has attracted research income over $3million in these areas, working with, and delivering research for government, not-for-profits, and industry. This includes National Australia Bank (NAB), Macquarie Group Foundation, Homelessness NSW, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, the Fair Work Commission, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Good Shepherd Microfinance, headspace and beyond blue. Abigail has published widely in sociology, social sciences, management and industrial relations journals, as well as producing accessible publications, such as The Travel Companion: Your guide to working with others for social outcomes.
Abigail currently holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) titled ‘Promoting work-life balance: do flexible work arrangements really work for employees in Australia?’ Prior to joining CSI, Abigail worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW and at Loughborough University in the UK. Abigail has a PhD in Social Sciences and an MA in Research Methods (Social Policy).