A1 Journal article (refereed)
Striving to strengthen the ecosocial framework in social work in Finland (2021)

Ranta-Tyrkkö, S., & Närhi, K. (2021). Striving to strengthen the ecosocial framework in social work in Finland. Community Development Journal, 56(4), 608-625. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsab030

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All authors or editors: Ranta-Tyrkkö, Satu; Närhi, Kati

Journal or series: Community Development Journal

ISSN: 0010-3802

eISSN: 1468-2656

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 56

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 608-625

Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsab030

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79544


There is no economic or social sustainability without ecological sustainability, yet the latter can hardly be achieved without the other forms of sustainability. While contemporary consumer societies are still today fundamentally unsustainable, advancing the overall sustainability transition as well as mitigating and preventing the ecological crisis should be high on the social work and community development agendas. On one hand, this is because the ecological crisis both causes and increases social inequality and vulnerability. On the other hand, aspiring sustainability requires profound social and cultural changes, bringing about which belongs to social work and community work’s areas of expertise.

Asking how to respond to the socio-environmental crisis and its ramifications in social work education, this article focuses on the currently evolving ecosocial framework in Finnish social work education and practice, paying special attention to the opportunities and hindrances in its realization. The inquiry is based on thematic analysis of advanced level social work students’ views on these issues, as presented on a 5 ECTS (credits as per the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) course Social Work in Ecosocial Transition, part of the University of Jyväskylä’s social work master’s degree curriculum. In countries like Finland, where community development has a marginal role, adoption of the ecosocial framework would inherently strengthen the community based and political orientation in social work.

Keywords: social work; structural social work; community work; higher education (teaching); sustainable development; ecological sustainability; social sustainability

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