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Chaitali Das

BA (Psychology major), MSW, PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Lecturer in Social Work
Room 2.06, 6 college Park
Ext: 3256; Email:

Research interests

My research interests include working with vulnerable children, children in difficult circumstances, women and families from Black and Ethnic Minority communities. I am interested in developing cross cultural research and exchanges within international contexts.

I completed my MSW in India and had the opportunity to work with child laborers and later with children in interim institutional care. Following that, I worked on a variety of different research projects including a nationwide (India) study on children in Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)  and development of a manual for practitioners working with Children rescued from CSE.  Both studies were funded by UNICEF and commissioned by the Department of Women and Child development (DWCD, India).

Some other projects that I have worked on in India include

  • Investigating prejudice among Hindu children against Christians across 2 schools in Mumbai, India. (2001-2002)
  • Mapping pre-primary education facilities and services in a local town of Bhopal, India (2002)
  • Evaluation of a community based programme (Aasara) working with street children (2003)
  • Research on ethical dilemmas in the practice of social work in India (2002 - 2004)

My PhD research was a qualitative investigation of the context, impact and coping among adult British-Indian children of divorce. The study was funded by Thomas Holloway Studentship (2004 - 2007) and the ORSAS award (2005-2007).

I have also been involved in the evaluation of Family Group Conferencing (FGC) in 2 voluntary organisations working with Black and Ethnic Minority communities in London (report to be published shortly).  I am currently working on a research study on mapping contexts and needs of children in care who are placed for adoption, with Greg Kelly (Lecturer at Queens) and Joan Coulter (Chair of the adoption panel, Belfast Trust). I am also working on a teaching project on diversity and cultural competence within social work for global citizenship.

Current Teaching Profile

  • Preparation for Practice: module co-ordinator
  • Law for Social Workers: tutor
  • Evidence Based Project: tutor
  • Human Development and behavior - tutor

Current Research Activity and Funding:

Teaching about diversity and cultural competence: developing sustainable and global citizenship in social work students, Funded by C-SAP, Higher education Academy. June 2010-June 2011

Books, Chapters, Reviews:

C. Das (2010). British Indian Adult Children of Divorce. Ashgate Publication: ISBN 978-1-4094-0824-6 (forthcoming)

Gracy Fernandes, Chaitali Das, Aniruddha Kulkarni. (2006). The Importance of Ethics in Social work. In: Josantony Joseph, Gracy Fernandes An enquiry into Ethical Dilemmas in Social Worker. India: Research Unit, College of Social Work. 1-10.

Chaitali Das, Aniruddha Kulkarni. (2006). Culture and Ethics: Josantony Joseph, Gracy Fernandes An enquiry into Ethical Dilemmas in Social Worker. India: Research Unit, College of Social Work. 78-91.

Chaitali Das, Aniruddha Kulkarni. (2006). Person vis-a-vis Profession: Josantony Joseph, Gracy Fernandes An enquiry into Ethical Dilemmas in Social Worker. India: Research Unit, College of Social Work. 92-103.

C. Das (2009). Reviews: Indigenous Social Work Around the World (edited by Mel Gray, John Coates and Michael Yellow bird). Social Work Education : the international journal, 28 (6), pp: 683-685.


Das, C. 2010. Resilience, Risk and Protective Factors for British-Indian Children of Divorce, Journal of Social Sciences, 25(1-2-3): 97-108. Available at

C. Das (2009). Recognising Ecological Contexts of Diverse Ethnic Groups: Experiences of British-Indian Adult Children of Divorce, The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 9(5), pp:83-97.

Research Reports:

R. Barn, C. Das, A. Sawyerr (2010). Family Group Conferences and Black Minority Ethnic Families: An evaluation study of two community-based organisations in London. Family Rights Group: London  

Available at

Research Unit. 2005. Rescue and Rehabilitation of Child Victims Trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Report. UNICEF and DWCD: Government of India.

Research Unit. 2005. Dealing with child Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Manual for Social Workers, UNICEF and DWCD: Government of India, India Available at

Conferences/Seminars (since 2009):

C. Das (2010) Power and ethics in recruitment from the community for research with ethnic minority groups. Seminar series at School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast – 6 Oct 2020, Belfast

C Das (2010). Power, Reflexivity and Qualitative Research with Ethnic Minority Groups, New Perspectives to Research on Transnational Migration: Identifying Methodological Problems and Solutions - International Workshop 29 to30 April 2010, Bielefeld University (Germany)

C Das (2010). Resilience, Impact, Coping of Divorce by British-Indian Adult Children, 10th International GOPIO (Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin) Convention - 28 to 31 March 2010, Durban, South Africa

R Barn, A. Sawyerr, C Das (2009). Family Group Conferences: A ‘Panacea’ or a ‘Straitjacket’ in Working with Culturally Diverse Families in Multi-Racial Societies, Common Ground Publishing - University of Illinois Research Park, 16 to19 June, 2009.

C Das (2009). Social Work in India: Community Development, International Perspectives in Social Work, University of Applied Sciences, Muenster – Germany, 30 Mar to 2 April 2009