Barbara Heron

School of Social Work

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S878
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 20521
Emailbheron@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.Atkinson.yorku.ca/~sowk/faculty/bheron.html


Area of Specialization

Social Work

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Master of Social Work, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts , McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Editorial Positions
2004 - 2009 International Advisory Board Member, Journal of Reflective Practic
2004 Reviewer, Journal of Social Problems

Professional Associations
2000/01 – present Member, CASSW International Affairs Committee
2004/05 – present Member, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development
2005/06 – present Member, Canadian Women’s Studies Association

Research Interests

Social construction of helping identities, critical race theory, interlocking systems of oppression, North-South relations of power, international social work

Selected Publications

Heron, B. Desire for Development: The Education of White Women as Development Workers, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007

Heron, B. “Critically Considering International Social Work Practica”, Critical Social Work, 7(2), 2006.

Heron, B. “Self-Reflection in Critical Social Work Practice: Subjectivity and the Possibilities of Resistance”, Journal of Reflective Practice, 6 (3): 341-351, 2005.

Heron, B. “Changes and Challenges: Preparing Social Work Students for Practica in Today’s Sub-Saharan Africa Context”, Journal of International Social Work, 48 (6): 782-793, 2005.

Heron, B. Gender and Exceptionality in North-South Research: Reflecting on Relations, Journal of Gender Studies, 13 (2), 2004: 117-127

Heron, B. “Considering the Complexities of Global Citizenship: A Southern Partnership Perspective”, International Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, Durban, South Africa, 2008.

Current Research Projects

Creating Global Citizens? The Impact of Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs

Description: 
This project is looking at: (1) whether 3-6 month placements really do make young Canadians into "global citizens" and, (2) what impact these short stays have on the organizations and communities that host Canadians and other Northerners. South Africa, Malawi, Peru, Guatemala, Jamaica and Thailand are the countries in the international part of the study.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Collaborator: Rebecca Tiessen
Collaborator Institution: Dalhousie University
Collaborator Role: Co-Investigator

Funders: 
IRDC

A Comparison of Development Worker Narratives: Late 1980s-Early 1990s vs. Post-2000


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
SSHRC Small Grants Program
Atkinson Minor Research Grant (York Internal Grant)

Short-Term Development Postings Survey Project


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Atkinson Minor Research Grant (York Internal Grant)

Desire for Development Research Project


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Atkinson Junior Faculty Fund Grant

Selected Publications

Heron, B. Desire for Development: The Education of White Women as Development Workers, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007

Heron, B. “Critically Considering International Social Work Practica”, Critical Social Work, 7(2), 2006.

Heron, B. “Self-Reflection in Critical Social Work Practice: Subjectivity and the Possibilities of Resistance”, Journal of Reflective Practice, 6 (3): 341-351, 2005.

Heron, B. “Changes and Challenges: Preparing Social Work Students for Practica in Today’s Sub-Saharan Africa Context”, Journal of International Social Work, 48 (6): 782-793, 2005.

Heron, B. Gender and Exceptionality in North-South Research: Reflecting on Relations, Journal of Gender Studies, 13 (2), 2004: 117-127

Heron, B. “Considering the Complexities of Global Citizenship: A Southern Partnership Perspective”, International Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, Durban, South Africa, 2008.

All Publications

Books

Heron, B. Desire for Development: The Education of White Women as Development Workers, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007

Journal Articles

Heron, B. “Dispelling the ‘Tableau Effect’: Some Thoughts on Preparing Students for Practica in Developing Countries”, Social and Economic Justice & Peace, Section Connection, NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Newsletter, (1), 2008

Heron, B. “Critically Considering International Social Work Practica”, Critical Social Work, 7(2), 2006.

Heron, B. “Self-Reflection in Critical Social Work Practice: Subjectivity and the Possibilities of Resistance”, Journal of Reflective Practice, 6 (3): 341-351, 2005.

Heron, B. “Changes and Challenges: Preparing Social Work Students for Practica in Today’s Sub-Saharan Africa Context”, Journal of International Social Work, 48 (6): 782-793, 2005.

Heron, B. Gender and Exceptionality in North-South Research: Reflecting on Relations, Journal of Gender Studies, 13 (2), 2004: 117-127

Conference Papers

Heron, B. “Investing in Global Citizenship: Views from the Other Side”, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Montreal, 2010.

“Global Citizenship: Southern Perspectives”, Canadian Consortium of University Programs in International Development, Annual Meeting, Montreal.

Heron, B. “Challenging Indifference to Extreme Poverty: Southern Perspectives on Global Citizenship and Change”, International Development Ethics Association Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2009.

Heron, B. “Global Citizenship: A Southern Perspective”, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Ottawa, 2009.

Heron, B. “The Long and the Short of It: Perspectives from Southern NGOs on the Pro’s and Con’s of Short-term vs. Long-Term Placements of Northern Students, Volunteers, and Interns”, School of Social Work Research Symposium, York University, Toronto, 2009.

Heron, B. “Considering the Complexities of Global Citizenship: A Southern Partnership Perspective”, International Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, Durban, South Africa, 2008.

Heron, B. “Global Citizenship: A Global Perspective”, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Vancouver, 2008.

Heron, B. “Creating Global Citizens? A Review of the Literature on Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs”, with Rebecca Tiessen, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Saskatoon, 2007.

Heron, B. “Race and the Idea of Global Citizenship: A Critique”, Transnational Racism and “the Right to Have Rights”, 7th Annual R.A.C.E. (Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality) Conference, Toronto, 2007.

Heron, B. “Creating Global Citizens? A Review of the Literature on Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs”, York University School of Social Work Research Symposium, Toronto, 2007.

Heron, B. “Globalization and the Spatial Constitution of Whiteness: Stories about ‘Africa’”, Socialist Studies Conference, Toronto, 2006.

Heron, B. “Oppositional Pedagogies in the Social Work Classroom: Tensions, Uncertainties, Ambiguities, and Accountability”, The Race/Culture Divide in Education, Law and the Helping Profession, 6th Annual R.A.C.E. Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2006.

Heron, B. “The Power of Development’s Imagined Spaces: A Comparative Analysis of Development Workers’ Narratives over Time”, The Power of Development Revisited, Canadian Association of Geographers 2005 Special Session, London, Ontario, 2005.

Heron, B. "Canada's Changing Presence in Developing Countries", paper, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Winnipeg, 2004.

Heron, B. "Preparing Social Work Students for International Practicums: Some Lessons and Challenges from the Development Field", paper, International Social Work Symposium, CASSW Conference, Halifax, 2003.

Jeffery, D., Wong, R.Y.L., and Heron, B.A., "Being and Doing: The Challenges of Putting Anti-Racist Theories to Work", panel, CASSW Conference, Halifax, 2003.

Heron, B. "Learning from Development: Popular Education and Anti-Oppression Training for International Practicum Preparation", workshop, CASSW Conference, Halifax, 2003.

Heron, B. "Gender and Development: Race, Exceptionality, and Relations of Power", paper, Canadian Critical Race Conference: Pedagogy and Practice, Vancouver, 2003.

Heron, B. “Being and Doing: The Challenges of Putting Anti-Racist Theories to Work”, CASSW conference, Halifax, 2003.

Heron, B. "International Exchanges, North/South and East/West Relations: Experiences, Considerations, Contestations", panel, International Social Work Symposium, CASSW Conference, University of Toronto, 2002.

Heron, B. “International Exchanges, North/South and East/West Relations: Experiences, Considerations, Contestations”, International Social Work Symposium, CASSW conference, University of Toronto, 2002.

Heron, B. "Taking It to Heart: Whiteness and Claims to a Non-Racist Self", paper, era 21 (End Racism! Activism for the 21st Century) Conference, Vancouver, 2000.

Heron, B. "Desire for Development: The Education of White Women as Development Workers", paper, Graduate Students Conference, Department of Sociology and Adult Education, OISE/UT, Toronto, 1999.

Heron, B. "Race and the Canadian Development Worker", paper, Making History, Constructing Race Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, 1998.

Heron, B. "I Knew I Could Do Anything: Development Work and the Construction of Female Canadian Identity", paper, Canadian Womens Studies Association Conference, St. Johns, 1997.

Heron, B. "Innocence and Power in North-South Research", paper, International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, 1997.

Heron, B. "Innocence and Power in North-South Research", paper, National Womens Studies Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1996.

Forthcoming

Heron, B. Changes and Challenges: Preparing Social Work Students for Practicums in Today's Sub-Saharan African Context, Journal of International Social Work (forthcoming).

Heron, B. “Challenging Indifference to Extreme Poverty: Considering Southern Perspectives on Global Citizenship and Change”, Ethique et Economique

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOWK3060 6.0  Integrated Social Work Practice LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOWK4000 6.0  Practicum in Social Work I  PRAC  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOWK4001 6.0  Practicum in Social Work II PRAC  

Area of Specialization

Social Work

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Master of Social Work, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts , McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Editorial Positions
2004 - 2009 International Advisory Board Member, Journal of Reflective Practic
2004 Reviewer, Journal of Social Problems

Professional Associations
2000/01 – present Member, CASSW International Affairs Committee
2004/05 – present Member, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development
2005/06 – present Member, Canadian Women’s Studies Association

Research Interests:

Women's Studies , Social construction of helping identities, critical race theory, interlocking systems of oppression, North-South relations of power, international social work

Current Research Projects

Creating Global Citizens? The Impact of Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs

Description: 
This project is looking at: (1) whether 3-6 month placements really do make young Canadians into "global citizens" and, (2) what impact these short stays have on the organizations and communities that host Canadians and other Northerners. South Africa, Malawi, Peru, Guatemala, Jamaica and Thailand are the countries in the international part of the study.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Collaborator: Rebecca Tiessen
Collaborator Institution: Dalhousie University
Collaborator Role: Co-Investigator

Funders: 
IRDC

A Comparison of Development Worker Narratives: Late 1980s-Early 1990s vs. Post-2000


Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
SSHRC Small Grants Program
Atkinson Minor Research Grant (York Internal Grant)

Short-Term Development Postings Survey Project


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Atkinson Minor Research Grant (York Internal Grant)

Desire for Development Research Project


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Atkinson Junior Faculty Fund Grant

All Publications

Books

Heron, B. Desire for Development: The Education of White Women as Development Workers, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007

Journal Articles

Heron, B. “Dispelling the ‘Tableau Effect’: Some Thoughts on Preparing Students for Practica in Developing Countries”, Social and Economic Justice & Peace, Section Connection, NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Newsletter, (1), 2008

Heron, B. “Critically Considering International Social Work Practica”, Critical Social Work, 7(2), 2006.

Heron, B. “Self-Reflection in Critical Social Work Practice: Subjectivity and the Possibilities of Resistance”, Journal of Reflective Practice, 6 (3): 341-351, 2005.

Heron, B. “Changes and Challenges: Preparing Social Work Students for Practica in Today’s Sub-Saharan Africa Context”, Journal of International Social Work, 48 (6): 782-793, 2005.

Heron, B. Gender and Exceptionality in North-South Research: Reflecting on Relations, Journal of Gender Studies, 13 (2), 2004: 117-127

Conference Papers

Heron, B. “Investing in Global Citizenship: Views from the Other Side”, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Montreal, 2010.

“Global Citizenship: Southern Perspectives”, Canadian Consortium of University Programs in International Development, Annual Meeting, Montreal.

Heron, B. “Challenging Indifference to Extreme Poverty: Southern Perspectives on Global Citizenship and Change”, International Development Ethics Association Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2009.

Heron, B. “Global Citizenship: A Southern Perspective”, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Ottawa, 2009.

Heron, B. “The Long and the Short of It: Perspectives from Southern NGOs on the Pro’s and Con’s of Short-term vs. Long-Term Placements of Northern Students, Volunteers, and Interns”, School of Social Work Research Symposium, York University, Toronto, 2009.

Heron, B. “Considering the Complexities of Global Citizenship: A Southern Partnership Perspective”, International Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, Durban, South Africa, 2008.

Heron, B. “Global Citizenship: A Global Perspective”, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Vancouver, 2008.

Heron, B. “Creating Global Citizens? A Review of the Literature on Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs”, with Rebecca Tiessen, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Saskatoon, 2007.

Heron, B. “Race and the Idea of Global Citizenship: A Critique”, Transnational Racism and “the Right to Have Rights”, 7th Annual R.A.C.E. (Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality) Conference, Toronto, 2007.

Heron, B. “Creating Global Citizens? A Review of the Literature on Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs”, York University School of Social Work Research Symposium, Toronto, 2007.

Heron, B. “Globalization and the Spatial Constitution of Whiteness: Stories about ‘Africa’”, Socialist Studies Conference, Toronto, 2006.

Heron, B. “Oppositional Pedagogies in the Social Work Classroom: Tensions, Uncertainties, Ambiguities, and Accountability”, The Race/Culture Divide in Education, Law and the Helping Profession, 6th Annual R.A.C.E. Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2006.

Heron, B. “The Power of Development’s Imagined Spaces: A Comparative Analysis of Development Workers’ Narratives over Time”, The Power of Development Revisited, Canadian Association of Geographers 2005 Special Session, London, Ontario, 2005.

Heron, B. "Canada's Changing Presence in Developing Countries", paper, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development Conference, Winnipeg, 2004.

Heron, B. "Preparing Social Work Students for International Practicums: Some Lessons and Challenges from the Development Field", paper, International Social Work Symposium, CASSW Conference, Halifax, 2003.

Jeffery, D., Wong, R.Y.L., and Heron, B.A., "Being and Doing: The Challenges of Putting Anti-Racist Theories to Work", panel, CASSW Conference, Halifax, 2003.

Heron, B. "Learning from Development: Popular Education and Anti-Oppression Training for International Practicum Preparation", workshop, CASSW Conference, Halifax, 2003.

Heron, B. "Gender and Development: Race, Exceptionality, and Relations of Power", paper, Canadian Critical Race Conference: Pedagogy and Practice, Vancouver, 2003.

Heron, B. “Being and Doing: The Challenges of Putting Anti-Racist Theories to Work”, CASSW conference, Halifax, 2003.

Heron, B. "International Exchanges, North/South and East/West Relations: Experiences, Considerations, Contestations", panel, International Social Work Symposium, CASSW Conference, University of Toronto, 2002.

Heron, B. “International Exchanges, North/South and East/West Relations: Experiences, Considerations, Contestations”, International Social Work Symposium, CASSW conference, University of Toronto, 2002.

Heron, B. "Taking It to Heart: Whiteness and Claims to a Non-Racist Self", paper, era 21 (End Racism! Activism for the 21st Century) Conference, Vancouver, 2000.

Heron, B. "Desire for Development: The Education of White Women as Development Workers", paper, Graduate Students Conference, Department of Sociology and Adult Education, OISE/UT, Toronto, 1999.

Heron, B. "Race and the Canadian Development Worker", paper, Making History, Constructing Race Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, 1998.

Heron, B. "I Knew I Could Do Anything: Development Work and the Construction of Female Canadian Identity", paper, Canadian Womens Studies Association Conference, St. Johns, 1997.

Heron, B. "Innocence and Power in North-South Research", paper, International Studies Association Conference, Toronto, 1997.

Heron, B. "Innocence and Power in North-South Research", paper, National Womens Studies Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1996.

Forthcoming

Heron, B. Changes and Challenges: Preparing Social Work Students for Practicums in Today's Sub-Saharan African Context, Journal of International Social Work (forthcoming).

Heron, B. “Challenging Indifference to Extreme Poverty: Considering Southern Perspectives on Global Citizenship and Change”, Ethique et Economique


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOWK3060 6.0  Integrated Social Work Practice LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOWK4000 6.0  Practicum in Social Work I  PRAC  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SOWK4001 6.0  Practicum in Social Work II PRAC