Key Note Speakers

Jim Campbell is Professor of Social Work at University College Dublin. He was co-editor (with Professor John Pinkerton) of the British Journal of Social Work from 2010-2015.

 Jim has two broad teaching and research interests. He has published in the fields of mental health social work and policy, with a particular interest in related socio-legal studies. He also has a longstanding interest in exploring the relationships between social work and political violence

His co-authored book, Davidson, G., Campbell, J., Shannon C. and Mulholland, C. Models of Mental Health, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, was published in  2015. He is currently engaged in research project with colleagues from Queens University Belfast which is examining the impact of political violence on social work practice. Jim was involved in a Northern Irish government sponsored study on the needs of young men which led to the following publications: 

Campbell, J., Rondon, J., Leavey, G. and Galway, K. (2013) 'Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Young Men: A Study of Service Provider Views'. Children & Society, 27 (1):60-71
Rondón, J., Campbell, J., Galway, K, and Leavey, G. (2012) 'Exploring the Needs of Socially Excluded Young Men'. Children & Society, 28 (2):104-115.

For further details of his publications see

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas is a Senior Lecturer in Dept. of Social Work & Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood & Youth (CIRCY) in the University of Sussex and Principal Investigator of ERC funded Connectors Study.

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sussex and the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded Connectors Study. She has a background in social psychology from which she regularly deviates from by wandering into anthropological, philosophical and sociological literatures. From this interdisciplinary perspective, and using a range of qualitative and creative methods, she has carried out research on systems for social support especially for children, young people and families experiencing difficulties in their lives (domestic violence, social exclusion and ill-mental health). She has written on the lived experience of participating in such support systems. More recent work has turned towards understanding ’the political’ in everyday childhoods and family life across difference. 

Mr. Soumen Biswas is a Development Professional and currently a consultant with UNDP and a few other organizations.

Mr. Soumen Biswas is currently a consultant with UNDP and a few other organizations. His professional career in rural development spans three decades during which time he has done extensive fieldwork in the most backward areas of India knowing the poor, their needs and aspirations from a close angle. Mr. Biswas anchored Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship at the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He was also the Executive Director of PRADAN, one of the most respected Indian NGOs. In his various roles, Mr. Biswas widely participated in recruiting, inducting and guiding hundreds of young professionals to work for rural poverty alleviation.