I am an Associate Professor at McMaster University's School of Social Work. My research and teaching focus on service users' theory, child welfare, anti-oppressive practice, anti-racism, whiteness, and social inclusion and exclusion. I place emphasis on connecting theory to direct practice and on conducting research that informs both policy and practice. My research is primarily participatory and community based, and grounded in the knowledge, theory and voice of service users, particularly through the use of photovoice, video and other arts based methods.

On this Website I share details of my research, teaching and other interests - somewhat like an online CV - but with a few other pages added too. Please feel free to explore and enjoy.

Dr. Gary Dumbrill
McMaster University
School of Social Work
Hamilton, Ontario
1 (905) 525-9140 ext 23791

Book Launch (2018)
The Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP) book I authored with Dr. June Ying Yee was formally launched at a Toronto event on November 5, 2018. In this book we seek to redefine how AOP is known, talked about, and undertaken.

Guest speakers at the event included Cyndy Baskin, Lisa Barnoff,  Kike Ojo, Christina Sinding, and Richard Utama.

Thanks to Ryerson and McMaster Universities for sponsoring the event.

Book Announcement (2018)
A book on anti-oppressive social work practice I co-authored with Dr. June Ying Yee has just been published by Oxford University Press.

Dumbrill, G. C., & Yee, J., Y. (2018). Anti-Oppressive Social Work: Ways of Knowing, Talking, and Doing. Oxford University Press, Toronto, Canada.

Check the book out at the following links: Oxford University Press or Amazon.ca.

Child Welfare Pathway (2017-2020)
Details on the McMaster partnership with Ontario child welfare agencies that I lead. The project developed a child welfare stream as a part of the BSW program - the Preparing for Critical Approaches in Child Welfare (PCPCW) stream.

The stream sets out to produce graduates who can successfully work within the child welfare system while also having the ability to think outside it - graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that underpin good child welfare work, along with critical thinking abilities and abilities to seek out and base their work on emerging research and best practice from around the world, including Indigenous approaches to child welfare.

Click the image on the left for more details. Also see

3Voices in Child Welfare (2017 - ongoing)
Details of the 3Voices in Child Welfare series which I chair. The series pays attention to Indigenous, Black and other voices underrepresented in the way child welfare is imagined and delivered, and promotes child welfare approaches developed in collaboration between the following groups (which of course often overlap):

1/ Service users (those receiving child welfare services)
2/ Service providers (those delivering child welfare services)
3/ Academics and traditional knowledge keepers (those teaching and sharing knowledge about child welfare)

The poster on the left (click to expand) summarizes the first conference held in 2017. The next conference will be held in 2019-2020.

(The conference series is funded by Dr. Sally Palmer).