Thompson Rivers University

Julie Drolet

Name: Dr. Julie Drolet
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250-828-5258


International Social Work and International Social Development
Climate Change, Disasters and Sustainable Development
Field Education and Experiential Learning
Immigration (Settlement and Integration, Welcoming and Inclusive Communities)
Research Methods and Methodology
Social Protection and International Initiatives
Community Organizing, Advocacy and Social Action
Indigenous perspectives
Feminist Theory and Community Development
Micro Credit and Micro Finance

Research Interests

Julie is particularly interested in the shifting context of Canadian and international social policies, the social construction of women's lived experiences, and anti-oppressive social work field education. She is a Domain Leader in Settlement, Integration, and Welcoming Communities, and Senior Researcher, with Metropolis BC. Dr. Drolet is the inaugural director of the Centre for International Social Work and Research at TRU.


Julie completed a BA in History and Political Science (University of Toronto), BSW (University of Regina), MSW and Ph.D. (McGill University). Her Ph.D. in Social Work, received from the joint Ph.D. Program between McGill University and University of Montreal, focused on Women's Experiences in Micro Credit Programs in Cairo, Egypt.


Drolet, J., Clark, N. and Allen, H. (Eds.) (2012). Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Education in Canada. Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada Inc.

Drolet, J. (2011). Womens micro credit loans and gamiyyaat saving clubs in Cairo, Egypt: The role of social networks in the neighborhood. Journal of Human Security, Vol.7 (2), 20-31.

Drolet, J., Christianson, T. & Clark, N. (2011). The BRIDGE Community Consultation Project: Building rural interprofessional discussions and group experiences. Rural and Remote Health, 11: 1676 (Online).

Drolet, J. & Robertson, J. (Spring, 2011). In the Smaller City a Settlement Worker Wears Many Hats: Understanding Settlement Experiences in Kamloops, British Columbia. Our Diverse Cities. 8, 139-144.

Drolet, J. (Winter, 2011). Integrating culture, gender and human rights: Supporting community-level strategies to eradicate female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Africa. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, A Special Issue on the Heart of Justice: Social Work Innovation in Africa. Vol. 17 (1), 54-64.

Drolet, J. (2010). Gender, climate change and natural disasters. International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Newsletter, 20(2), 6.

Drolet, J. Women, micro credit and empowerment in Cairo, Egypt. International Social Work. First published on December 6, 2010 as doi:10.1177/0020872810382681.

Drolet, J., Samuel, M., Larson, G., Tesoriero, F. and Ginsberg, L. (January 2010). International Social Work and Disasters: Our unique and important contribution to disaster relief work and research. Perspectives, 32(1), Vancouver: BC Association of Social Workers.

Drolet, J., Robertson, J. and Robinson, W. (Fall, 2010). Settlement experiences in a small city: Voices of family class immigrants and settlement workers. Canadian Social Work Journal, Special Issue on the Settlement and Integration of Newcomers to Canada, 12(1), 218-223.

Drolet, J. (2010). Refugees, social justice, and reflexive practices: A critical account of social services in African refugee camps, from my journal. Reflections, Narratives of Professional Helping. Special Issues: Social Justice. 16(3), 71-91.

Drolet, J. (2010). Feminist perspectives in development: Implications for women and micro credit. Affilia, Journal of Women and Social Work. 25(3), 212-223.

Clark, N., Drolet, J., Mathews, N., Walton, P., Tamburro, P., Derrick, J., Michaud, V., Armstrong, J., and Arnouse, M. (2010). Decolonizing Field Education: Melqilwiye Coming Together, An Exploratory Study in the Interior of British Columbia. (2010). Critical Social Work. 11(1).

Clark, N., Drolet, J.,Arnouse, M., Walton, P., Tamburro, P., Mathews, N., Derrick, J., Michaud, V. and Armstrong, J. (2009). Melqilwiye Coming Together in an Intersectional Research Team: Using Narratives and Cultural Safety to Transform Aboriginal Social Work and Human Service Field Education. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health. 7(2), 291-315.

Drolet, J. (2009). A critique of micro credit: Womens experiences in Cairo, Egypt. Social Development Issues. 31 (1), 55-68.

Drolet, J. (2008). Women and Micro Credit: Womens experiences in Cairo, Egypt. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

Drolet, J., Robertson, J., Multani, P., Robinson, W. & Wroz, M. (2008). Settlement experiences in a small city: Kamloops, British Columbia, Small Cities Imprint, 1 (1), 21-30.

Drolet, J., Archibald, T. and I. Crawford. (2008). Untold Stories: Valuing women's contributions to community life. Small Cities Imprint, 1 (1), 46-51.

Employment History

Julie joined the TRU School of Social Work and Human Service as the BSW Field Education Coordinator in August 2006. She brings an international perspective developed, in part, from her international work and research experience in various countries (including India, Cameroon, Egypt, Mexico and France). Her diverse international and community organizing practice experience informs her teaching and research interests in international social work, social policy, informal economy, women's human rights, advocacy and empowerment.

Courses Taught

SOCW 4800 International Social Work
SOCW 4020 Field Education (4th year practicum)
SOCW 3040 Field Education (3rd year practicum)
SOCW 301 Social Work Research
SOCW 460 Special Topics: International Social Work
HUMS 052 Field Instructor Certification Course
SOCW 490 Directed Studies (International Social Work)
SOCW 4900 Directed Studies
EDUC 506 Directed Studies (M.Ed. program)

Professional Affiliations

CISWR (Centre for International Social Work & Research)
CISW (Centre for International Social Work)
IASSW (Intl Assoc. of Schools of Social Work)
GDN (Gender and Disaster Network)
CASWE (Canadian Assoc. for Social Work Education)
CASID (Canadian Assoc. for Studies in Intl. Development)
AWID (Association for Women in Development)


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