International Conference on Social Work & Social Research

International Conference on


Financial Capability and Asset Building for All

24-25 November, 2023

The International Conference on Social Work & Social Research is organized by Azerbaijan University, Washington University in St. Louis (USA), Sakarya University (Türkiye) and the Center for Social Research (Azerbaijan). The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss current issues in the fields of social work and social policy. By facilitating the exchange of knowledge and insights, the conference seeks to elevate the well-being of vulnerable populations.

The themes for this conference include (but are not limited to) social work in times of crisis, the development of social work education, the creation of international educational standards in social work, the social protection of vulnerable groups, and innovative social policy.


Conference Chairs

Scientific Committee

  • Co-Chair: Aytakin Huseynli (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
  • Co-Chair: Yusuf Genç (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Co-Chair: Tunzala Verdiyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Ali Riza Abay (Yalova University, Türkiye)
  • Stefan Cojocaru (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania)
  • Gizilgul Abbasova (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
  • Hasan Huseyin Taylan (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Ihsan Kutlu (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Ismail Akyuz (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Ismail Bariş (Uskudar University, Türkiye)
  • Izzat Rustamov (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
  • Mayis Aliyev (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Mehrangiz Najafizadeh (Kansas University, USA)
  • Paul Gibbs (Middlesex University, UK)
  • Rana Ibrahimbayova (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)
  • Saadat Mammadova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Tahira Allahyarova (Center for Social Research, Azerbaijan)
  • Uzeyir Shafiyev (Baku State University, Azerbaijan)

Organizing Committee

  • Chair: Yusif Gasimov (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Nushaba Guliyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
  • Aynur Bunyatova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Latifa Aghamaliyeva  (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Mehriban Ismayilova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Mohammad Abbasi Saedabad (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Rashad Asgerov (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Solmaz Hasanli  (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Tarana Movsumova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Ulviyya Afandiyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Zaur Aliyev (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  

Local Committee

  • Aygun Muradli (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Aytac Saniyeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Cengizhan Aynaci (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Fatmanur Alsancak (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Hülya Yildiz (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Hüseyin Zahid Kara (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Lale Dilanova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
  • Nargiz Huseynova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)  
  • Zeynep Atalay (Sakarya University, Türkiye)
  • Ulviyya Mirzayeva (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)
  • Humay Alakbarova (Azerbaijan University, Azerbaijan)

Plenary Speakers


George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor, Director, Center for Social Development, and Director Next Age Institute, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Financial Capability and Asset Building (FCAB) in Social Policy and Social Work Education (online)


Professor, School of Social Work, Saint Louis University; 

Research Professor, Brown School, and Faculty Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University

Address: Financial Capability and Asset Building: Education and Practice for Social Workers (online)


Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Child Development Accounts in Oil-Gas-Rich Countries


Professor, Central University of Finance and Economics (China)

Address: Financial Capability and Social Work in China


Associate Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Financial Capability and Social Work in the United States


International Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Address: Child Accounts for All: Global Vision and Potential

Call for Abstracts   

The conference chairs welcome abstract submissions for presentations on a broad range of relevant topics and particularly welcome submissions on the following conference subthemes:

Vulnerable groups: the search for social protection

  • Elderly people
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Children and teenagers
  • Women and girls
  • Migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons
  • Homeless people, shelter needed people 
  • Addiction victims

Development of social work education

  • Building competencies, new skills and global standards in social work education
  • Ethical principles in the digital world
  • Sustainable development and social work education
  • Digitalization and ICT in social development and social work education

Social work experience in period of crisis

  • Hunger and food security
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Application of psycho-social knowledge and skills
  • Unemployment
  • Public health crisis

Instruction for Authors

  • The official language of the conference is English, and only English written abstracts will be considered. 
  • Abstracts should not exceed three pages (three full pages preferred). 
  • Authors must strictly follow the abstract template: Template.docx.
  • Authors will have 15 minutes for oral presentations.
  • Submit abstracts prepared in the Conference style and a presenter registration form (below) to

Important Dates

  • 30 August 2023: Abstract submission deadline
  • 15 September 2023: Acceptance notification
  • 30 September 2023: Deadline for presenters to confirm participation
  • 10 October: Release of the program


Abstracts of papers accepted for presentation at the Conference will be published in the conference proceedings book.

Presenters are encouraged to submit full conference papers for a special issue of SOCIAL ISSUES, the open-access peer-reviewed journal published by Azerbaijan University. The deadline for submission is 25 December 2023.


To register, complete the appropriate registration form and return it to 

Presenter Registration Form

Attendee (non-presenting) Registration Form 

  • The registration fee for in person, USD 50, is payable at the opening of the conference. Registration includes conference materials, coffee breaks and the social program.
  • The registration fee virtual participation, USD 30, is payable online. Registration includes conference materials.


Rooms may be booked at 
MADISON Hotel, Baku 
Azadlig Ave. 116A, AZ1000
Baku, Azerbaijan

Reception: (+994 50) 668 66 33

Daily Rates
USD 35 Single standard 
USD 40 Double standard 
USD 50 Triple 


Air Travel: Heydar Aliyev International Airport is located approximately 30 km from Azerbaijan University.  

Visas: Electronic visas are accessible to citizens from many countries via Azerbaijan’s Official Electronic Visa Portal:

Social Program

In the afternoon on the second day of the conference, 25 November 2023, a special social program will be offered to registered presenters and attendees. The program will be covered by the registration fee and will include:

  • A panoramic view of Baku from the observation deck on the upland park

  • Descent by funicular to the beautiful embankment boulevard

  • Tour to the old city and Palace of the Shirvanshahs Museum

Program and Proceedings


  • Azerbaijan University
    Baku, Jeyhun Hajibeyli, 71
  • (+994 12) 431 41 12 (160)