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Dr Yohai Hakak
Senior Lecturer in Social Work


Dr Yohai Hakak joined Brunel in September 2014 as a lecturer in social work. His practice experience as a social worker is in mental health where he worked with long-term service users. Yohai’s research interests are in the sociology of risk-perception, youth, religion, parenting, gender and mental health and the connection of these areas with social work. Yohai's last manuscript titled Haredi Masculinities between the Yeshiva, the Army, Work and Politics: The Sage, the Warrior and the Entrepreneur was an ethnographic study of Jewish Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) young men in Israel. It was published by Brill in 2016. The outcomes of Yohai’s academic work included also several award-winning documentary films.

Yohai is interested in supervising students in the following areas and in relation to social work:

  • Migration
  • Embodiment
  • Religious minorities
  • Masculine identities
  • Mental health
  • Risk and its perception
  • Mixed couples

Newest selected publications

Hakak, Y., Onokha, S. and Shishane, K. (2022) '‘People Here Are Their Own Gods’: The Migration of South African Social Workers to England'. The British Journal of Social Work, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 0045-3102 Open Access Link

Journal article

Maendesa, C. and Hakak, Y. (2022) 'The three-legged pot and the lasting impact of the Gukurahundi: Shona Ndebele inter-tribal families in England'. Social Work and Social Welfare, 4 (2). pp. 242 - 251.Open Access Link

Journal article

Hakak, Y. (2022) 'Representations of Inter-Faith Couples: “Inevitable Violence” and the Israeli Arab Conflict'. Islamophobia Studies Journal, 7 (1). pp. 121 - 136. ISSN: 2325-8381 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hakak, Y. (2022) 'Social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and social value creation: relevance for contemporary social work practice'. Social Work Education, 41 (4). pp. 741 - 742. ISSN: 0261-5479

Journal article

Hakak, Y., Bosah, S., Amponsah, K. and Cheung, K-L. (2021) 'Social Workers Migrating between England and Australia: Linking Social Hierarchies, Bureaucracy, Trust and Politeness'. The British Journal Of Social Work, 52 (6). pp. 3095 - 3113. ISSN: 0045-3102 Open Access Link

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