Annamaria Campanini
Short Biography
March 2019


 Annamaria Campanini currently serves as president of IASSW  (2016), In 2007 she was promoted to her current position as professor of social work at Milano Bicocca University.  She is trained as a social worker, sociologist and family therapist. Dr. Campanini began her academic career in 1975 and has a strongly developed interest in Italian, European and international social work education. She received a PhD in Sociology, Theory and Methodology of Social Work from Trieste University in 1998. In 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by Loyola University of Chicago for her leadership in international social work education. In 2003 she was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the EASSW and served as its President from 2007-2011.

In addition to her leadership roles in social work education, she has taught extensively throughout Europe and globally and has served as an international examiner in several countries, including curriculum evaluator for A3ES in Portugal and as expert for European ESCO projects.

Dr. Campanini is the author of numerous publications in several languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. In addition, she serves as an editorial board member of many international social work journals.

Annamaria Campanini
Vision Statement
March 2019

It has been a great honor to serve as President of IASSW for the past three years. I have undertaken the duties incumbent upon the position with enthusiasm and sense of deep responsibility. My continuing vision is that IASSW becomes a strong international organization where language and cultural barriers are overcome as we work together to develop programs that prepare future leaders who are dedicated to the realization of the mission of social work. The role of IASSW in achieving this vision is global, collaborative, and engaging of the voices of programs, faculty and students throughout the world. To act on this vision, I have traveled to many countries over the past three years. It has been my pleasure to meet colleagues and discuss with them the challenges facing social work education globally, and to learn from them, the specific challenges in their own countries.  

In a second mandate, I would like to see us strengthen the participation of the five IASSW regions and of the member schools. As a process we have already begun at the board level, this translates into a more visible IASSW with greater financial sustainability leading to improved effectiveness of IASSW operations.

As an organization, we have approved the Statement on Ethical Principles and in doing so, we have recognized the importance of a process of decolonization of social work and acknowledged the embodied vulnerability of the human being. The joint task force with IFSW has now begun to revise the Global Standards of Social Work Education. Its work will seek to find the appropriate balance between the need to internationalise curricula and at the same time to develop decolonised and indigenised social work curricula. This process will require extraordinary effort and attention to ensure the participation of voices from all over the world, connecting academics and practitioners, as well as representatives of service users and employers. Furthermore, we must acknowledge and teach to professional preparation that includes political engagement in the promotion of social justice and human rights.

In a collaborative effort, the leadership of IASSW, IFSW and ICSW are committed to strengthening our tripartite cooperation in evaluating the outcomes of the Global Agenda and preparing for a new Agenda 2020/2030. We will also seek to enhance our collaboration with UN and Regional Associations as well as with new partners who share our values and our commitment to education, global sustainability, social justice and human rights.

I ask for your support as we continue this journey together through IASSW.