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The International Conference on Social Work and Social Research: Financial Capability and Asset Building for All

This international convening will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss current issues in social work and social policy. By facilitating the exchange of knowledge and insights, the conference seeks to elevate the well-being of vulnerable populations.

Azerbaijan University
Baku, Azerbaijan
and virtual

November 24-25, 2023

The International Conference on Social Work and Social Research is organized by Azerbaijan University, the Center for Social Development at Washington University (USA), Sakarya University (Türkiye) and the Social Research Center (Azerbaijan).

Plenary Speakers


George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor, Director, Center for Social Development, and Director Next Age Institute, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Financial Capability and Asset Building (FCAB) in Social Policy and Social Work Education


Professor, School of Social Work, Saint Louis University (USA); Research Professor, Brown School, and Faculty Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Financial Capability and Asset Building: Education and Practice for Social Workers


Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Child Development Accounts in Oil-Gas-Rich Countries


Professor, Central University of Finance and Economics (China)

Address: Financial Capability and Social Work in China


Associate Professor, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College (Israel)

Address: Israeli’s CDAs – Uniqueness, Successes and Challenges


Associate Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Financial Capability and Social Work in the United States


International Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Child Accounts for All: Global Vision and Potential

Call for Abstracts

The conference chairs welcome abstract submissions for presentations on a broad range of relevant topics. Particularly welcome are submissions on financial capability and asset building, the primary theme of the conference, and on the following conference subthemes.

Vulnerable groups: the search for social protection

Elderly people
Persons with disabilities
Children and teenagers
Women and girls
Migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons
Homeless people, shelter needed people
Addiction victims

Development of social work education

Building competencies, new skills and global standards in social work education
Ethical principles in the digital world
Sustainable development and social work education
Digitalization and ICT in social development and social work education

Social work experience in period of crisis

Hunger and food security
Human rights and social justice
Application of psycho-social knowledge and skills
Public health crisis

Instructions for Authors

Individuals interested in presenting at the conference should prepare an abstract in keeping with the following instructions:

  • The official language of the conference is English, and only abstracts written in English will be considered.
  • Abstracts should not exceed three pages (three full pages preferred).
  • Authors must strictly follow the abstract template: Template.docx.
  • Authors will have 15 minutes for oral presentations, which may be given virtually or in person.
  • Complete the registration form for presenters, submitting it and abstracts prepared in the Conference style to SW-SR@au.edu.az.

Important Dates

30 August 2023 Abstract submission deadline
15 September 2023 Acceptance notification
30 September 2023 Deadline for presenters to confirm participation
10 October Release of the program


Abstracts of papers accepted for presentation at the Conference will be published in the conference proceedings book.

Presenters are encouraged to submit full conference papers for a special issue of SOCIAL ISSUES, the open-access peer-reviewed journal published by Azerbaijan University. The deadline for submission is 25 December 2023.

Conference Chairs

Saadat Aliyeva

Azerbaijan University

Hamza Al

Sakarya University

Michael Sherraden

Washington University in St. Louis

Zahid Oruc

Social Research Center


Scientific Committee

Co-Chair: Aytakin Huseynli (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
Co-Chair: Yusuf Genç (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Co-Chair: Tunzala Verdiyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Ali Riza Abay (Yalova University, Türkiye)
Stefan Cojocaru (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania)
Gizilgul Abbasova (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
Hasan Huseyin Taylan (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Ihsan Kutlu (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Ismail Akyuz (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Ismail Bariş (Uskudar University, Türkiye)
Izzat Rustamov (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
Mayis Aliyev (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Mehrangiz Najafizadeh (Kansas University, USA)
Paul Gibbs (Middlesex University, UK)
Rana Ibrahimbayova (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
Saadat Mammadova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Tahira Allahyarova (Social Research Center, Azerbaijan)
Uzeyir Shafiyev (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)

Organizing Committee

Chair: Yusif Gasimov (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Aynur Bunyatova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Latifa Aghamaliyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Mehriban Ismayilova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Mohammad Abbasi Saedabad (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Rashad Asgerov (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Solmaz Hasanli (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Tarana Movsumova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Ulviyya Afandiyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Zaur Aliyev (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)

Local Committee

Aygun Muradli (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Aytac Saniyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Cengizhan Aynaci (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Fatmanur Alsancak (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Hülya Yildiz (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Hüseyin Zahid Kara (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Lale Dilanova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Nargiz Huseynova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Zeynep Atalay (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
Ulviyya Mirzayeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
Humay Alakbarova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)


About Azerbaijan University


Azerbaijan University is the republic’s first private higher-education institution. With 19 majors, the university grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees via three faculties. The university’s Department of Organization of Social Work offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral training in numerous aspects of social work and social-psychological service.

About the Center for Social Development


A leader in applied policy research for nearly 30 years, the Center for Social Development in the Brown School at Washington University is a hub for the development, testing, and implementation of applied social innovations that broaden well-being. We incubate solutions that can be scaled to reach millions, and we create new fields of study to advance the social development of all people. We train emerging scholars and practitioners in the effective conduct of engaged social science research. We invite you to join us in the work of building a just, inclusive, and sustainable future.

About Sakarya University


Sakarya University is a public research university. With more than 85,000 students, it is one of the largest postsecondary institutions in Türkiye, offering baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees via 17 faculties. The Department of Social Work in the university’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences equips students with the knowledge, skills and values of social work to prepare them for micro-, mezzo-, and macro-level engagement in many different fields.

About the Social Research Center


The Social Research Center (SRC) is a public legal entity providing relevant analysis and reporting for consideration by public institutions and state bodies. The center’s founding purpose is to measure changes in societal norms and processes. With insights gained from rigorous research conducted via the application of cutting-edge technologies, SRC also evaluates the outcomes of reforms in Azerbaijan, gauges public opinion, and advances proposals on development perspectives related to state management and public affairs. To strengthen civil society and broaden public discussion, the center organizes events on a wide spectrum of issues of public concern.