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Dr Yohai Hakak
Senior Lecturer in Social Work


Dr Yohai Hakak joined Brunel in September 2014. Dr. Hakak's practice experience is in mental health social work. His areas of research interests are migration, embodiment, parenting, risk-perception, youth, religion, gender and mental health and the connection of these areas with social work. Dr Hakak published in these areas numerous articles. His 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

Phillips, N. and Hakak, Y. (2023) 'Navigating Ultra-Orthodox Jewish motherhood in the United Kingdom: The perspectives on the understanding and challenges of social work support through the Haredi mothers’ lens'. Journal of Mother Studies, 2023 (8).Open Access Link

Journal article

Williams, K., Tran, D., Pachner, T., Ofuso, A., Nwoye, M., Mungoshi, C., et al. (2023) 'International Recruitment and Induction Standards for International Social Workers coming to the United Kingdom'. Place of publication: British Association of Social Workers. Available at:


Hakak, Y., Alade, G., Amponsah, K., Anton, S., Bosah-Onuh, S., Bozorgisaran, G., et al. (2023) 'Social workers’ migration to the United Kingdom: Comparing social networks, job and life satisfaction post-migration'. International Social Work, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 0020-8728 Open Access Link

Journal article

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
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