• Podsoc #47

The human consequences of the Iraq War

In conversation with Richard Hil

What does war have to do with social work? Richard Hil throws no punches when talking about his research on the human consequences of the Iraq War. Can social work be blind to world politics and its impact on people and maintain our commitment to human rights and social justice?

Dr Richard Hil is Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Human Services, Griffith University. Richard has taught at the University of York in the UK, and in Australia at James Cook University, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland University of Technology and Southern Cross University. Additionally, Richard has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Colombia, Canada and the University of Luton, UK. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of social and community development, criminology, youth studies, and peace and conflict studies. Richard is author of several books including recent publications Erasing Iraq, Surviving Care, and Whackademia: An insider’s account of the troubled university. He has also been a columnist for The Australian, Campus Review, Australian Universities Review, New Matilda and Arena Magazine. In addition to the above, Richard is a qualified teacher and social worker, and founder of the Free University of Bellingen and co-Director of Bridging the Barriers, a consultancy specializing in trauma informed practice and professional supervision.

Recommended citation – APA6th
Fronek, P. (Host). (2013, March 22). The human consequences of the Iraq War: In conversation with Richard Hil [Episode 47]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/the-human-consequences-of-the-iraq-war/.

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  2. References

Hil, R. Otterman, M. & Wilson, P. (2010).Erasing a Nation: The Human Consequences of the Iraq War, London: Pluto Press (also translated into Arabic).

Hil, R. (2010). Iraq six years on: The human consequences of a dirty war. In L. Blanchard & L. Chan (eds.)_ Ending War, Building Peace_, Sydney: University of Sydney Press.

Hil, R. and Wilson, P. (2008). Dead Bodies Don’t Count: Civilian Casualties and the Forgotten Costs of the Iraq Conflict. Brisbane: Zeus Publications.

Hil, R. (2008). Civil Society, Public protest and the Invasion of Iraq. Social Alternatives, 27(1), 29-33.


Listen to Richard on Big Ideas, ABC Radio National talking about his book Whackademia http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/2013-01-20/4422114.