Sharlotte Tusasiirwe

Sharlotte Tusasiirwe

Dr Sharlotte Tusasiirwe

Lecturer of social work, School of social sciences

Dr Sharlotte Tusasiirwe is an internationally-educated social work lecturer, researcher and activist. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Makerere University in Uganda and a master’s degree in Social Work and Human rights from University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Sharlotte pursued her PhD at Western Sydney University, Australia from 2016-2020. Her PhD was focused on how to decolonise social work education and practice to create culturally appropriate and contextually relevant profession. She is currently working as a lecturer of social work at Western Sydney University. Sharlotte is a practicing Christian and follows and respects African spirituality as well. She is currently serving the Africa social work network (ASWnet), and the African Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA).


PhD Western Sydney University

Selected publications

Tusasiirwe, S., Nabbumba, D., & Kansiime, P. (2022). Religion and spirituality in social work in Uganda: Lessons for social work education. Social Work Education, 1-18.

Ife, J., Mehta, R., & Tusasiirwe, S. (forthcoming). Social work and the sacred. In Re-imagining social work. Cambridge University Press.

Tusasiirwe, S. (forthcoming). Decolonising and Reimagining Social Work in Africa: Alternative Epistemologies and Practice Models. Routledge.

Other publications

Tusasiirwe, S., & Brito, I. S. (2022). Decolonising self-care in social work from an Afro-Brazilian perspective: The self-intertwined with collective care. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 24(1), 44-56.

Tusasiirwe, S., Kansiime, P., Eyaa, S., Namisango, F., & Bulamu, N. (2021). Living and Revitalizing Ubuntu: Challenges of Passing on Ubuntu Values to the Younger Generation and Attempted Strategies to Overcome Them. In J. Mukuni & J. Tlou (Eds.), Understanding Ubuntu for Enhancing Intercultural Communications. IGI.

Tusasiirwe, S. (2020). Decolonising Social Work through learning from experiences of older women and social policy makers in Uganda. In S. Tascon & J. Ife (Eds.), Disrupting Whiteness in Social Work. Routledge.



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