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Social Work and the Environment: Social Work’s Wicked Problem

Section 16: Social Work and the Environment


From: Critical Social Work Praxis


Commentary on previous chapters and questions for critical thought. Sobia Shaheen Shaikh reflects on the troublesome ways in which the environment has been taken up in social work and how the political, historical and social contexts, as well as the epistemological foundations that shape the profession, make it challenging for us to take on environmental issues in a transformative manner. Shaikh provides an important overview of the multiplicity of theories and disciplinary fields that inform and shape environmental debates and studies in social work.



Sobia Shaheen Shaikh

Sobia Shaheen Shaikh is a faculty member at the School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Shaikh’s community-engaged scholarship works to redress racisms, Islamophobia, sexism, ableism, environmental degradation and other interlocking relations of oppression within universities, non-profit organizations and local communities. Dr. Shaikh brings a critical lens to a range of scholarship which explores the subjectivity and motherwork of women and girls who have experienced intimate partner violence; relocation in northern and rural communities; and the everyday work of parents vis-à-vis individualized education plans in K-12 schools.