Meredith C.F. Powers

At UNCG, Dr. Powers is a co-investigator in the community based, participatory action research project “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice”, a national collaboration with Rutgers University’s Humanities Action Lab. Dr. Powers is a Sustainability Faculty Fellow, the Social Work faculty liaison for the International Programs Center (IPC), a member of the Human Rights Research Network, and a Research Fellow for the Center for New North Carolinians. She is currently teaching courses about social work with immigrants and refugee populations, diversity, equity and inclusion, and environmental justice. She has co-edited a workbook series on Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability, published by IFSW (free for download as PDFs at ifsw.org). She has presented her research nationally and internationally, at professional conferences, including being invited as a keynote speaker at the United Nations for World Social Work Day (2018), speaking on climate justice, social work, and sustainability. Dr. Powers is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). Internationally, she serves as the Founder and Director of the IFSW Climate Justice Program. She also established and co-administers the global ‘Green/Environmental Social Work Collaborative Network’. Nationally, Dr. Powers serves as a member of the Environmental Justice Committee for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Grand Challenges for Social Work committee, ‘Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment’.

There are 14 included publications by Meredith C.F. Powers :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Applying a Social Justice Framework to Photovoice Research on Environmental Issues: A Comprehensive Literature Review 2012 590 The need to address the environmental crisis is becoming more urgent. The consequences of unsustainable environmental practices are detrimental to the wellbeing of people globally as well as the environment. This is of concern to social workers as th...
Degrowth for transformational alternatives as radical social work practice 2019 92 Historically, and in modern times, social workers have been culpable in perpetuating the very systems of oppression that we seek to eliminate. This happens as we are part of cultures and economies that operate out of the growth ideology. Acting in ac...
Ecosocial work and social change in community practice 2019 1 This special issue entitled, “Ecosocial Work and Social Change in Community Practice,” focuses on an array of contexts, policies, practices, and challenges as well as successes related to an emerging vision for ecosocial work. Ecosocial work is socia...
Environmental Leadership through Campus Project Teams: Green Structures for Linking Students, Faculty, and Staff 2012 55 Traditional leadership models and organizational structures are an impediment to the full realization of the mission of most campus sustainability offices. At the University of South Carolina, applying green values across the campus has gone beyond t...
Environmental migration: Social work at the nexus of climate change and global migration 2018 150 Environmental migrants are caught at the nexus of the climate crisis and the global migrant crisis. The problems of the migrant crisis are recognized globally as they are linked to the complex issues being addressed by the United Nations’ Sustainable...
Establishing a professional career that addresses the environmental crisis 2017 4 Some of you may be wondering how you could focus your future social work career on environmental issues. Others may not yet see the connection between environmental issues and social work; I hope to clarify this for you in this essay. Wherever you ar...
From Snapshot to Civic Action: A Photovoice Facilitator’s Manual 2012 548 This photovoice facilitator’s manual is a product developed to help research facilitators design and implement a comprehensive photovoice research project in collaboration with community stakeholders. Photovoice is a popular technique used for commun...
Green Social Work for Environmental Justice: Implications for International Social Workers 2018 42 Green social work is a holistic perspective that seeks to secure the well-being of people and the planet through reforming socio-political power structures (Dominelli, 2012). It is an eco-centric perspective that respects not only humans, but also va...
Preparing social workers for ecosocial work practice and community building 2019 10 In the context of the global ecological crisis, the profession of social work is increasingly shifting to embrace an ecosocial lens, recognizing the centrality of the ecological environment for human existence and the inextricable linkages of wellbei...
Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators (Volume 2) 2018 56 Incredible work is being done all over the world by social workers addressing issues at the nexus of community and environmental sustainability. We hope this book will inspire you, whether you have been involved with these issues for decades, or you ...
Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators (Volume 3) 2019 122 Around the world social workers are coming alongside communities that are unfairly impacted by climate injustices and helping to create solutions. In these roles, we must consider the opportunities of promoting community and environmental sustainabil...
Social Work Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability: A Workbook for Social Work Practitioners and Educators 2018 4178 Incredible work is being done all over the world by social workers addressing issues at the nexusof community and environmental sustainability. Whether you are a longtime supporter of socialworkers investing in social and environmental sustainability...
Transforming the profession: Social workers’ expanding response to the environmental crisis 2016 37 With mounting scientific evidence about the global environmental crisis, an urgent call to action exists promoting sustainable environmental practices that enhance the wellbeing of humans and the ecological systems in which they live (Besthorn 2002, ...
Using Photovoice to Develop a Grounded Theory of Socio-Environmental Attributes Influencing the Health of Community Environments 2014 796 In this study, we used a community-based participatory research (CBPR) method, ‘photovoice’, to engage eighteen residents living in public housing in an examination of person-in-environment factors perceived to facilitate or hinder health and well-be...