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Assistant Professor


PhD (UCalgary)

MSW (UCalgary)

BA (UCalgary)



3400 3681




Resilience, aging and disasters

International and community development

Community organizing with older adults

Green social work





Practice Research


Selected Publications (Scholarly Books & Monographs, Journals, Book Chapters, Conference papers):

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Kwan, C., & Walsh, C.A. (In Press). Old age poverty: A scoping review of the literature. Cogent Social Sciences.

Hewson, J.A., Kwan, C., Larkin-Black, T., Samaha, A., & Lai, D.W.L. (In Press) Evaluating age-friendliness: A case example of a baseline assessment of one mid-sized Canadian city, International Journal of Aging and Society.

Kwan, C., & Walsh, C.A. (2018). Ethical issues in conducting community-based participatory research: a narrative review of the literature. The Qualitative Report (TQR), 23(2), 369-386.

Kwan, C., & Walsh, C. (2017). Seniors disaster resilience: A scoping review of the literature. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 25(21), 259-273.

Hewson, J.A., Kwan, C., Shaw, M., & Lai, D.W.L (2017). Developing age-friendly social participation strategies: Service providers’ perspectives about organizational and sector readiness for aging baby boomers. Adaptations, Activities & Aging Journal. Doi: 10.1080/01924788.2017.1398034

Kwan, C. & Drolet, J. (2015). Towards age-inclusive sustainable development goals: Exploring the potential role and contributions of community development. Community Development Journal, 50(4), 589-607.

Kwan, C. & Walsh, C. A. (2015). Climate change adaptation in low resource countries: Insights gained from an eco-social work and feminist gerontological lens. International Social Work, 58(3), 385-400.

Kwan, C. & Walsh, C. A. (2013). Exploring older people’s perspectives of community organizing: A Photovoice study in the Philippines. International Journal of Aging and Society, 3(1), 15-30.


Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

Kwan, C., & Drolet, J. (In Press). Literature Review. In J. Drolet (Ed.) Rebuilding lives post-disaster: innovative community practices for sustainable development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kwan, C., & Drolet, J. (2016).  'Recovery for all' and reducing inequality: Austerity and poverty elimination. In J. Drolet (Ed.) Social work and social development perspectives on social protection (pp. 35-49). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Drolet, J., Kwan, C. (2016). The context of social protection and the social protection floor initiative.  In J. Drolet (Ed.) Social work and social development perspectives on social protection (pp. 17-34). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.