Professor / Chairperson, Department of Social Work

Jan Fook is a well-known international scholar who is widely recognized for her work on critical social work, practice research and critical reflection. Having published extensively in these areas, she has held professorial level positions in Social Work and Education at several different universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Norway.

Dr. Fook’s most recent books include: Social Work: A Critical Approach to Practice (2016, Sage, London) and Researching Critical Reflection: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, edited with V. Collington, F. Ross, G. Ruch and L.West (2016, Routledge, London). She has experience traveling widely to conduct workshops on critical reflection, including to countries such as Mongolia. She is currently working on (with Laura Beres) Learning Critical Reflection: Experiences of Transformative Learning (Routledge, to be published in 2019) and another book on embedding critical reflection into the organization (with Jane Royes).


Fook, J. (2017). Whither compassion? Affilia, 32(3), 404-406.

Gray, M. & Fook, J. (2004). The quest for a universal social work: Some issues and implications. Social Work Education, 23(5), 625-644.

Fook, J. & Askeland, G.A. (2007). Challenges of critical reflection: ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.' Social Work Education, 26(5), 520-533.

Fook, J. (2003). Critical social work: The current issues. Qualitative Social Work, 2(2), 123-130.

Hawkins, L., Fook, J., & Ryan, M. (2001). Social workers' use of the language of social justice. The British Journal of Social Work, 31(1), 1–13.

Fook, J. (1999). Reflexivity as method. Annual Review of Health Social Science, 9(1), 11-20.

Fook, J., Ryan, M., & Hawkins, L. (1997). Towards a theory of social work expertise. The British Journal of Social Work, 27(3), 399–417.


Fook, J. (2012). Social work: A critical approach to practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Fook, J. & Gardner, F. (2007). Practising critical reflection: A resource handbook. New York, NY: Open University Press.

White, S., Fook, J., & Gardner, F. (Eds.) (2006). Critical reflection in health and social care. New York, NY: Open University Press.

Hick, S., Fook, J., & Pozzuto, R. (Eds.) (2005). Social work: a critical turn. Toronto : Thompson Educational Pub.

Pease, B., & Fook, J. (1999). Transforming social work practice: Postmodern critical perspectives. Psychology Press.

Fook, J. (1993). Radical casework: A theory of practice. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin.

Awards and Recognition

• Providing workshops on critical reflection for social work practitioners, supervisors and managers, including for the Office of the Chief Social Worker for England (2017-2018)
• Writing a strategy and framework for continuing professional development for local authorities in West London, UK (2018)
• Appointment as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (2011)
• Appointment as the Director of the Interprofessional Institute with the South West London Academic Network, UK (SWan) (2008-2011)
• Award from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) to run a series of seminars entitled “Critical Reflection: the Research Way Forward” (2011)
• Writing a new social work program (4 year Bachelor of Social Work by distance), the first of its kind in Australia (1996)

Jan Fook

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Critical reflection
  • Critical social work


  • Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia
  • B.S.W., Social Work, University of New South Wales, Australia


Office Location:

Waterman 443