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International Research & Partnerships

In recent years, GSSW faculty members have forged international research and academic partnerships in Australia, Bosnia, Botswana, Canada, China, Ghana, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Senegal, Switzerland,Taiwan and Thailand. Find additional information about their work on their individual faculty pages and in GSSW Magazine.


In 2008, GSSW entered into a research partnership with the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), based in Nagoya, Japan, with a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. Subsequent endeavors have included a collaborative research and training project on conflict, human security and sustainable livelihoods in Northern Kenya. The University of Nairobi provided field research for the project, and GSSW Dean James Herbert Williams served as Principal Investigator.

Their research findings are the subject of Conflict and Human Security in Africa: Kenya in Perspective , a book published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.

A second collaborative research project is currently underway in Botswana, again with Dean Williams as the P.I. The international research team also includes the University of Botswana and co-P.I. Dr. Asfaw Kumssa, Coordinator of the UNCRD Africa Office.


In 2012, GSSW established a collaborative agreement with the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland (GRF Davos). The partnership is aimed at strengthening sustainable development, as well as social and ecological resilience, thereby enhancing health and health security for humans, animals and ecosystems.


The University of Denver's Office of Internationalization provides grant funding to enhance faculty members' international experience and knowledge so they can implement international components into courses, forge research connections with scholars and professionals from other countries and facilitate internationalization of DU's curriculum or campus.

In recent years, GSSW faculty members have used internationalization grants for projects that include the following:

  • developing curriculum content for the new MSW concentration, "Sustainable Development and Global Practice"
  • developing a model for ethical decision-making for faculty engaged in international experiences with students
  • comparing and contrasting the Four Corners MSW program's Native Peoples program and curriculum with that of Australian Catholic University Centre for Indigenous Education and Research in Brisbane , Australia
  • developing international social work content for Four Corners MSW students


Learn more about GSSW faculty research and training projects and recent faculty scholarship.