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The EUSARF Academy is a network for PhD students and young researchers in the field of child and family welfare within the European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF).
The EUSARF Academy together with the Psychology Doctoral Programme of the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP), will organize a preconference specifically for PhD students prior to EUSARF 2018 Porto. This preconference will be held on 2nd October at FPCEUP (Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto). The main aim of this preconference is to promote career development and international cooperation and networking of PhD students within the field of child and family welfare.

The provisional programme of the EUSARF Academy 2018 is now available:


Registration & Coffee


Opening session: Mónica López López, Maria Barbosa-Ducharne and Orlanda Cruz


Keynote 1:
"Making sense of stories: Methodological reflections on research with young people and families" 
Janet Boddy
 (Professor at the University of Sussex and Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth -CIRCY)


Coffee break


Keynote 2:
“Continuing in science – the story of your research”
James Anglin
 (Professor at the University of Victoria School of Child and Youth Care)


Networking activity / Poster session
Led by two of our board members:
Julie Chapeau (Education and Training Research Centre, Université Paris Nanterre)  
Hamed Seddighi (University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran)




Keynote 3:
“So You Want to Change the System: System Science and the Implications for Theory and Method”
Fred Wulczyn
(Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Center for State Child Welfare Data)


Optional Workshops:
1. “Introducing yourself"
Robbie Gilligan
(Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, Board member of EUSARF and of INTRAC)
2. “Grant proposal writing” 
Lisa Holmes
(Director of the Rees Center at the University of Oxford and the co-chair of the International Work Group for Therapeutic Residential Care)
3. “Work-life balance” 
Anne Steenbakkers
(Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen)



Coffee break


Keynote 4:
"Participatory research with children and young people"
"Young people with experience in the care system, researchers, and social workers"

Moderated by two of our board members:
Sónia Rodrigues (Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto)
Vânia Pinto (Rees Centre, University of Oxford)


16.45- 17.00

Closing Session - Board Members

19.00 Opening Session of EUSARF 2018 PORTO at the City Hall



Technical secretary
Could be Love, Lda
Rua Francisco Sanches, 110
4050-282 Porto, Portugal
Conference location
Rua Nova da Alfândega
Edifício da Alfândega
4050-430 Porto