Dr Lia van Doorn is Professor in Innovative Social Service Provision at the Faculty of Society & Law at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Previously, she spent a number of years working as a senior researcher and project manager at MOVISIE. Between 2003 and 2005, she worked as a senior researcher at the Faculty of Social Adult Education (FSAO) at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. In the 1990s she was a research assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Utrecht University. She gained her PhD at that faculty in 2002 with her study on homeless people, entitled Een tijd op straat (Some time on the street).
Lia van Doorn is chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Dutch Association of Social Workers (NVMW). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Eropaf Network and of the editorial team of the journal Tijdschrift voor sociale vraagstukken (Journal of Social Issues).
Clients with complex problems
Van Doorn’s research group on Innovative Social Service Provision focuses on service provision and assistance for clients with complex problems. Outreach work is a very important part of the work of this group.
How social work professionals make moral judgements
The research group pays particular attention to the processes through which social work professionals form moral judgements. These professionals often face morally charged issues in the course of their work. Which norms and values do they use as a benchmark when holding their clients accountable for their behaviour? The research group seeks to support the professional community when it comes to evaluating their own moral judgements.