International Social Work

International Social Work is a continuation of the Brazil research group at Østfold University College. It was established after the signing of an agreement of intention between the Universidade Federal do Espiríto Santo (UFES) and Østfold University College (OUC) on July 14th 2010. A similar agreement was signed with the Universidade Católica Pontifícia do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) June 7th 2011. These agreements include exchange of researchers, teachers, students and developing research projects together. In March 2014 an agreement was signed with Stinovas ( to facilitate and develop projects with partners in Brazil.

The main goal for the research group is to be a meeting place for researchers interested in comparative studies in international social work. The group is currently working with focus on creating and strengthening research networks between Norway and Brazil.

Students are more than welcome to both join the research group and to participate in research projects.

Contact person: PhD Fellow researcher Trond Heitmann