I am currently focused on three main projects. Scroll down to read more about each project and feel free to contact me if you have comments or questions.

Critical and decolonizing perspectives in social work

By critically challenging the colonial legacy in social work structures and practices, a more holistic understanding of the role and purpose of social work is possible. Embracing political advocacy to , by including underrepresented aspects of social work practice such as diverse values of spirituality and alternative ways of healing. It also values the complexity of local and Indigenous communities, family structures, and practices.



Structural social work

My teaching and research centers on structural social work issues from the perspective of human rights. Structural social work focuses on how the more powerful in society use policies, institutions, and practices to reinforce relations of dominance and oppression and how grassroots organizing can empower communities. Structural social work applies a critical theory lens to social work practice.



Social memory and place

How societies remember and forget is a complex process of social memory that is intimately connected to group relations of power, (in)equality, and social (in)justice. New challenges have emerged to constructing our individual and collective identities as many seemingly stable conceptions of the significance of belonging in the nation-state fragment under the weight of rapid socio-economic transformations. Counternarratives of social memory also emerge from disenfranchised and oppressed communities to reclaim histories of cultural trauma and resilience. Recognizing how the past has shaped the present, as well as how present power relations shape social memory, has become an area of scholarly interest and political activism. It is also a core area of decolonizing social work.

Kris Clarke, Ph.D

Academic and social commentator
Helsinki, Finland

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