Raising the ‘environmental question’ in social work in Canada and Scotland

Tina E. Wilson, Heather Lynch, Verena K. Fisch

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This article contributes a comparative review of social work in Canada and Scotland to international conversations about social work and the environment. The ‘environmental question’ of the 21st century is a radical challenge to social work developed in relation to the ‘social question’ of the 19th century. Work to begin to include the natural environment within high-income state social work can expect to encounter established infrastructures of thinking and doing that will be difficult to shift. We, therefore, compare guiding social work policy documents and identify points of tension that are likely to be shared across wealthy national contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 May 2022


  • comparative studies
  • environment
  • professional education
  • social change
  • social ecology
  • social work


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