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  • PL 54 (Unioninkatu 37)

    00014

    Finland

  • Yliopistonkatu 3, Porthania

    00100 Helsinki

    Unknown

20022020

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am an associate professor of social work in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Originally from Fresno, California, I am an Irish citizen who has lived in Finland for over 25 years. My research interests center on decolonization, structural social work, and the significance of place and social memory. I teach courses on international and structural social work, and supervise master's theses and doctoral dissertations. 

Education information

I received my bachelor of arts in English literature from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, USA. I completed a master's of social science in International Relations at the University of Tampere. I received a licentiate and doctor of social science in social work at the University of Tampere.

Research interests

I recently completed a book in collaboration with Michael Yellow Bird, Decolonizing Pathways towards Integrative Healing in Social Work (Routledge, 2020). I am further developing my interests in decolonizing social work practice through research on the significance of nature in healing. I am also working on a project that employs critical race analyses of the carceral state to explore how civic space and conceptions of community have been reconfigured through a case study in Fresno, California. Finally, I am developing a collaborative urban social work project that examines diverse communities and civic space in Helsinki.

External positions

Docent, Tampere University

Fields of Science

  • 5145 Social work
  • Decoloniality
  • Harm reduction
  • Diversity, marginalization
  • Social memory and place
  • Community social work
  • Structural social work
  • Policing policy in the US

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Decolonizing Pathways towards Integrative Healing in Social Work

Clarke, K. & Yellow Bird, M., 9 Oct 2020, Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 196 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Holistic healing: Theories, practices, and social change

Clarke, K., 24 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work. 39, 2, p. 206-207 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientificpeer-review

In-Depth Case Example: Juan and Kettleman City

Clarke, K., 2019, Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice . Sage, p. 201-207 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

LGBTQI Parented Families and Schools: Visibility, Representation, and Pride

Clarke, K., 16 Nov 2019, In : Journal of critical thought & praxis. 8, 2, 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientificpeer-review

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Projects

Queer Grief (research project initiative)

Sorainen, A., Boyce, P., Clarke, K., Strong, T. & Lahti, A.

01/09/201931/08/2021

Project: Research project

Decolonizing Holistic Pathways Towards Integrative Healing in Social Work

Clarke, K. & Yellow Bird, M.

01/02/201810/04/2020

Project: Research project

Activities

Relationality in Community: Decolonizing Structural Social Work

Kris Clarke (Speaker: Keynote)

17 Mar 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Matthew Jendian

Kris Clarke (Host)

23 Mar 202028 Mar 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

QueerGrief - International Symposium, University of Helsinki

Antu Sorainen (Chair of organizing committee), , Paul Boyce (Chair of organizing committee), & Kris Clarke (Chair of organizing committee)

21 May 202022 May 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Coloniality and Social Work Knowledge Production & Practice

Kris Clarke (Speaker)

31 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Challenging the Whiteness of Social Work in Contemporary Curricula: Enacting Decolonization

Kris Clarke (Speaker)

26 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation