Justin Francis Leon V. Nicolas

Associate Professor 6

PhD in Social Work (University of Newcastle Australia); MSW (UP Diliman); BS Social Work (UP Diliman)

Specialization and Areas of Interest: Social Work Education; Ethics; Creativity in social work practice; creativity and social development; Social work and the creative industries; Creative arts therapy; Arts and social change; creativity in communities; social entrepreneurship and innovation; Innovative strategies in working with communities; early childhood development; homelessness and urban poor issues; child labour; juvenile justice; disability; older people; social work and technology; spirituality and social work practice; ethics; international migration and human rights; Community Reintegration of Overseas Filipinos, persons with mental health issues, and substance abuse; Social protection and COVID-19


International Book Chapters:

Nicolas, J. & Gray, M. (2018 – Published by Routledge January 2019). A unique sustainable livelihoods strategy: How resilient homeless families survive on the streets of Metro Manila, Philippines. In C. Zufferey & N. Yu (Eds.), Faces of homeless in the Asia Pacific (pp. 111-132). New York: Routledge.

Leyson, A.T., Pablo, L.D. & Nicolas, J.V. (2014). Social work education in the Philippines. In T. Akimoto & K. Matsuo, (Eds.). Internationalization & Indigenization of Social Work Education in Asia. Japan: APASWE.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2021). Promoting mental health through creativity in social work practice: The role of preparation and self-care. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 15(1), pp. 34-56.

Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2016). The creative journeys of Filipino social workers in program and policy development. Philippine Journal of Social Development, (8) 1-20.

Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2016). Pushing the boundaries in social work: Establishing the place of creativity in disciplinary knowledge creation. Humanity Journal, 7 (1) 45-64

Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2016). Social Work in East Asia edited by Christian Aspalter. 2014: Surrey, Ashgate. ISBN 978 1 47241 310 9. International Journal of Social Welfare, 25(1)105-106. Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2013). The meaning of creativity among Filipino social workers and its implication to governance. Philippine Journal of Social Development, (5) 89-111.


Luna, E.M. & Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2014). Social protection vulnerability and adaptation manual. Quezon City: Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). PhD Thesis (Unpublished)

Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2019). Articulating creativity in social work practice. [PhD Thesis]. University of Newcastle NSW Australia. MSW Thesis (Unpublished)

Nicolas, J.F.L.V. (2012). The meaning of creativity among Filipino social workers: An exploratory study. [MSW Thesis]. University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

Case writing. (December 2020). Pagtigil ng Kalinga at Paghilom. Human Rights Case Book. Open Society Foundation.

Assistant Professor 4

Master of Social Work (CSWCD, UP Diliman);
B.S. Social Work (CSWCD, UP Diliman) (more…)