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Adje van de Sande

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Psychology) Sir George Williams University (Concordia), B.S.S. Université de Montréal, M.S.W. McGill University, Ph.D (Social Work), Wilfrid Laurier University
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3542
Office:619 Dunton Tower

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Memberships: IACD, CASW

  • International Association for Community Development (IACD)
  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE)
  • Committee on Community Engaged Pedagogy (CU)

Short Bio

I was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with my parents as a young child. I was raised in Montreal and attended both English and French language schools. I began my career working with young offenders at Shawbridge Youth Centres and Youth Horizons (Batshaw Youth and Family Centres). In 1985, I was hired to teach in the École de service social, Université Laurentienne in Sudbury, Ontario and went on to pursue my PhD in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. I joined the faculty of Social Work at Carleton University in 2002. From 2005 to 2008, I served as President of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, (CASWE, formerly CASSW), the Association representing social work education in Canada. I have participated in a number of research studies including: the Ontario First Nations Public Health Project; the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice: The Civil Justice System and the Public; A Study of Child and Youth Poverty in Sudbury; A Study on Institutional Child Abuse funded by the Law Commission of Canada and the Long-Term Evaluation of the Health Transfer Initiative funded by Health Canada.

Since 2016, I have been the Chair of the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship ( In October 2016, we were successful in obtaining approval for two grant applications. The first project was with the Somali Centre for Family Services for a participatory needs assessment to identify and address the barriers that prevent Somali Youth within the Ottawa area from seeking out and enrolling in post-secondary education or employment-related training. This was a six month, $9,900 grant from Trillium’s Seed Grant Program completed in May 2017 (,). The second project, to be completed in December 2019, was with the Shepherds of Good Hope for the evaluation of a case management program aimed at housing chronically homeless women and gender diverse people. The total LPRF grant is $455,533, of which $38,500 has been allocated for the evaluation of the program.

In addition to these research projects, the CSPSC is collaborating with the Communities First: Impact of Community Engagement (CFICE) project with myself as the Academic Co-Lead for the Tools Working Group. The purpose of the Tools Working Group is to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of a tool or tools to assist Community Based Organizations get access to research support from post-secondary institutions. Our part of the project comes with a $25,000 fund from the larger $2.5 million, seven-year SSHRC grant. Finally, in May 2017, the CSPSC hosted a special panel discussion on the topic of “Poverty and Human Rights”, during the Canadian Association for Social Work Education’s (CASWE) annual conference.

Research Interests
• Community-Based Participatory Research
• Research Ethics
• Child Poverty

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