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Digitalization in social work

Social work is digitalized and automated to an increasing extent. The development aims to solve problems in the practice of social work, but at the same time new challenges arise. The expanding field of research on digitalization in social work studies, among other things, how the practice and knowledge of social work is defined, created and re-created when digital solutions meet professionals and users.

In the Digitalization Group, we conduct research on how digitalization affects social work and how social work affects digitalization regarding organization, profession, users and relationships. Digitalization and automation affect interventions, work environment, leadership and organization of social work. Digitalization puts new demands on research, practice and education, not least regarding the new role of sociologists in the digital welfare society.

The group's members mainly conduct research in the following areas:

  • Information and communication technology.
  • Artificial intelligence and automation.
  • Digital documentation.

The digitalization group's activities consist of regular meetings, where we discuss research, education and collaboration. During the meetings, we discuss, for example, the members' texts and project applications. We also invite external researchers to discuss the research area of ​​digitalization in social work.

If you want to know more - don't hesitate to contact elisabeth [dot] carlstedt [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se (elisabeth[dot]carlstedt[at]soch[dot]lu[dot]se).