Name: Maria Alexandra da Silva Monteiro Mustafá 


Position within Board of Directors and Terms of Serving: Member at Large

Affiliation and Position (other than IASSW):

  • Coordinator of the Ethics Study and Research Group – GEPE – UFPE
  • Interchange Movement Coordinator between Brazilian and Italian Social Work
  • Member of the Human Rights Commission Dom Helder Camara of UFPE

Membership of organisations (other than IASSW):


Educational Qualification/s: (Degrees):

  • Master in Social Work and Sociology and PhD in Philosophy

Languages written and spoken: Portuguese e Italian

Language written – Spanish, English

Interest Areas (social work teaching, research and practice):

  1. Social Work Teaching
  • Professional ethics,
  • Theoretical-methodological foundations of Social Work,
  • Human rights,
  • Social Gerontology,
  • Social Issues and Social Work,
  • Matrices of social theory,
  • Philosophical influences on Social Work,
  • Advanced Social Work
  • Curricular stage
  1. Research
  • Ethics in Social Work
  • Theory and Practice of Social Work in the World
  • Inequality and Human Rights
  • Racism and Gerontology
  • Social Work in Education
  • Dominant ideologies and alienation
  • Social Movements and Student Movements
  • Social Needs
  • Social Security
  • Pedagogical Role of Social Work
  • Social Programs and Policies
  • Child Labor Eradication
  • State of Social Welfare
  • Religion in Social Life
  1. Practice
  • Community Social Work
  • Social Work and Social Movements
  • Social Service of Education
  • Social Work and Work

Current Activities:

social work teaching

  1. In Undergraduate course
    1. Professional ethics;
    2. Human rights;
    3. Social Gerontology
  2. Post-graduation
    1. Matrices of Social Theory


  • 2018- 2022 – “Development and Inequality in the Global South: suppression of rights and socio-political implications in the life and work of peripheral populations
  • 2019-2022- Inequality and Human Rights
  • 2020-2024 – Theory and Practice of Social Work in the World

Practice, others:

  1. Coordination of the UFPE Ethics Study and Research Group (GEPE)
  2. Publisher of Cadernos GEPE Magazine
  3. Creator and coordinator of the Movement for the Exchange between the Brazilian Social Service and the Italian.