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About Michael Rasell

I am a qualitative sociologist and my research focuses on international social welfare, especially discourses of need and provision within state welfare programmes.  I have particular experience of studying disability services and social work in the former Soviet bloc and am currently investigating the front line implementation of inclusion in line with Russia’s adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  I have published on various aspects of well-being and welfare reform in Russia, most recently editing a collection for Routledge on disability in the postsocialist region.   

Department Responsibilities

I am the Programme Leader for the Erasmus Mundus MA Advanced Development in Social Work (ADVANCES).  My teaching focuses mainly on postgraduate modules in relation to research methods, international social welfare and cultural diversity.  I convene the following modules : Critical Perspectives on Global Social Work - Erasmus Mundus MA Advanced Social Work Social Policy Issues over the Life Course - MSc Social Work Safeguarding: Research Informed Practice - MSc Social Work Research, Social Work and Practice - BSc Social Work Equality, Human Rights and Diversity - BSc Health and Social Care

Subject Specialism

International social welfare


  • PhD Russian and East European Studies, — University of Birmingham, 2011
  • MA Politics and Political Economy — Central European University, 2004
  • BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics — University of Oxford, 2003


  • Academic Mobility Grant — Santander Universities Network,
  • College of Social Sciences Research Fund — University of Lincoln, £2,000,
  • Erasmus Mundus MA Advanced Development in Social Work (ADVANCES) — European Commission, €3.5 million,
  • Tempus Project - Modernising Social Work Education in Russia — European Commission, €1.1 million,
  • External expert, EU-Tempus Project - BA Curriculum in Social Work — Potsdam University of Applied Sciences,

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Research Interests

  • Anthropology of welfare

  • disability

  • International social work

  • Russia

Research in the Lincoln Repository