Ioakimidis Vasilios

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Faculty Members

Professor, Head of Department


Office Address

Campus 2, building Δ΄

Academic area

Historical and Comparative Social Work


Teaching modules

  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • International Social Work and the Greek Context
  • Social Work in Crises Contexts
  • Social Rights and Advocacy; Historical and Comparative Perspectives


Brief CV 

Vasilios Ioakimidis is a Professor of Historical and Comparative Social Work. He is affiliated with international Universities (University of Essex and University of Johannesburg) and until 2020 was the Founding Chair of the Centre for Social Work and Social Justice at the university of Essex. Prior to this Vasilios Ioakimidis was an Associate Professor at the University of Durham.

He is currently the Global Education Comissioner at the International Federation of Social Workers and the Co-Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Social Work. 

Vasilios Ioakimidis has also been a founder member and member the Steering Committee of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) a radical social work organization which brings together social work practitioners, service users, academics and students united in their commitment to promote social justice and defend welfare rights.

Much of his research revolves around the broad theme of Social Work in Extremis, an exploration of social work practice in the context of unpredictable and extraordinary political, social, economic and environmental change. 

Vasilios Ioakimidis has been invited to deliver key-note presentation in several countries including Puerto Rico, the US, Colombia, Australia, Turkey, Cyprus, the UK, Kenya, Canada, Spain, Croatia, Germany, Finland, Norway, Vietnam and Brazil. 


2009, PhD in Social Work, University of Liverpool, 

2004 MPhil, University of Liverpool (by progression to PhD) 

2003, BA (4-years) in Social Work, ATEI of Patras, Greece.

  • Historical and Comparative Social Work 
  • Radical and Critical Social Work Theort
  • Social Work in Extremis 


Lavalette, M. and Ioakimidis, V., (2020). Social Work and the COVID-19 Pandemic International Insights. Policy Press. 1447360362. 9781447360360

Ferguson, I., Ioakimidis, V. and Lavalette, M., (2018). Global Social Work in a Political Context Radical Perspectives. Policy Press.

Ιωακειμίδης, Β. (2012) Κοινωνική Εργασία για την Κοινωνική Δικαιοσύνη. Ριζοσπαστική και Κριτική Κοινωνική Εργασία. Πρακτική, Παραδείγματα. Αθήνα: Ίων. (επιμέλεια)

Lavalette M and Ioakimidis V (2011), Social Work in Extremis, Lessons for Social Work Internationally, Policy Press, Bristol. (edited)


Articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters (last 5 years)

Vasilios Ioakimidis, Gregory Neocleous, Agamemnonas Zachariades, Ayşe Ozada & Buse Erzeybek (2021) ‘Educating for peace’: conflict, division and social work education in Cyprus, European Journal of Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2021.1896993

Ioakimidis V, Sookraj D. Global standards for social work education and training. International Social Work. 2021;64(2):161-174. doi:10.1177/0020872821989799

Ioakimidis, V. (2021). Trabajo social en el contexto neoliberal global: solidaridad y resistencia desde una perspectiva radical. Propuestas Críticas en Trabajo Social – Critical Proposals in Social Work, 1(1), 28-42. doi:10.5354/2735-6620.2021.61229

Lavalette, MichaelIoakimidis, Vasilios (2021) The fire last time: the ‘reconceptualisation’ radical social work movement in Latin America (1965‐75), Critical and Radical Social Work, Volume 9, Number 1, March 2021, pp. 3-4(2)

Ioakimidis, V., & Trimikliniotis, N. (2020). Making sense of social work’s troubled past: Professional identity, collective memory and the quest for historical justice. British Journal of Social Work, 1–19. 

Ioakimidis, V.,  (2020) Reflexões sobre a história. Libertas. 19 (02), 270-285

Giannou, D., & Ioakimidis, V. (2019). ‘Neither invisible nor abnormal!’ Exploring the invisibility and pathologisation of LGBT people in the Greek National Health System.  Critical Social Policy.

Ioakimidis, V., (2018). Domesticating radicalism or radicalising domestic politics? A reply to Trimikliniotis. Global Discourse. Special Issue: augmenting the left 8 (2), 321-324

Campbell, Jim, Ioakimidis, Vasilios and Maglajlic, Reima Ana (2018) Social work for critical peace: A comparative approach to understanding social work and political conflict. European Journal of Social Work. ISSN 1369-1457

Ioakimidis, V and Harrop, D Practising social work in a ‘stateless state’; an exploration of the views, experiences and practice of children and family social workers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, European Social Work Journal,

Lavalette, M & Ioakimidis, V (2016). “Popular” Social Work In Extremis: Two case studies on collective welfare responses to social crisis situations. Social theory, Empirics, Policy and Practice, 13(2): 117-132.

Martinez Herrero, Cruz Santos, C. & I. Ioakimidis, V.,  (2015). Reconceptualizando el Travajo Social en Europa Del Sur; El retorno de la política “en tiempos de malestares” [The return of the ‘political’ in times of crisis] in Servicios Sociales y Política Social. (Diciembre). Vol. XXXI (106), 11-24. 

Ioakimidis, V. (2020) Why politics matters Understanding the biopolitics of COVID-19 in Social Work and the Covid-19 Pandemic: International Insights  : 17-23, Policy Press: Bristol

Ioakimidis V and Trimikliniotis N (2019) “Social Work and the Cyprus problem: The challenges of reconciliation in de facto divided and crisis-ridden society” in   Duffy, J., Campbell, J. and Tosone, C. (eds) (2019). International Perspectives on Social Work and Political Conflict, London: Routledge. (forthcoming)

Ioakimidis, V. and Trimikliniotis, N. (2019) Imperialism, colonialism and a Marxist epistemology of ‘critical peace’ in Webb, S. “The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work “London: Routledge 

Ioakimidis, V (2018) Social Work in Global Context – Reflections on a Rapidly Changing Profession in Lotko, M “Social Work Case Analysis; Global Perspectives”, Riga: Riga Stradins University Publications

Ioakimidis V and Hall N, (2016), Social Workers as Human Rights Defenders; responding to rights’ violations targeting social work practitioners globally. Report Commissioned by IFSW and IASSW 


Funded Research

  • 2019-2021, A Better Start Southend (ABSS). 5-year Research and Evaluation programme aiming at transforming ways of thinking about services for very young children and their families in disadvantaged areas €1,000,000 (Principal Investigator) 
  • 2015, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Partnership with NGO Symfiliosi on “Monitoring initiatives to safeguard and strengthen fundamental rights in Cyprus”  £420, 000 (Member of the Cyprus team of National Experts- NGO Symfiliosi)
  • 2012, European Commission, ‘Access to Justice for Children with Mental Disabilities’ (JUST/2011-2012/FRC/AG) €800,000 Co-Applicant (University of Nicosia)
  • 2010 European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Partnership with First Elements Euro consultants LTD  €400,000 (Member of the Cyprus team of National Experts)
  • 2010, British Council, DeLHPe, project focusing on exchange of expertise, development of research exchange between UK and India £40,000 (Co-Applicant- Liverpool Hope University)
  • 2004-2009  Greek Scholarship foundation, The political Construction of Greek Social Work €30,000 Main Applicant