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I'm actively applying to

Doctoral programs to start in Fall 2023. 

If you think I could be a good fit at your Institution, don't hesitate to contact me.

Erick da Luz Scherf

Aspiring researcher in the Social Sciences particularly interested in rights-based approaches to social work and social policy interventions,  guided by interdisciplinarity as a core value.



About me

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First of all, thanks for your interest in learning more about me and my work.

I'm Erick, and among many other things, I'm an aspiring researcher with a strong track record of research experience and publications.

I have a passion for research and service at the intersection between human rights and social work/policy, especially concerning vulnerable groups and historically marginalized populations.

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. ... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. ... They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

- Steve Jobs


Academically, I am a Social Work graduate student at the University of Stavanger (UiS) in Norway (2021-2023), at the Department of Social Studies. More recently (in January 2022) I have joined the ERC-funded Human Rights Nudge project coordinated by Prof. Veronika Fikfak, with the University of Copenhagen (Faculty of Law, in Denmark).

My works have appeared on different academic platforms such as the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, International Social Work, the Social Policy Review, Human Rights in Healthcare, and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples (Forthcoming), among others. I have a Graduate Diploma in Law (International Law concentration) (2020) and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Politics (2016-2019), both from my home country. 

Personally, I'm a young man, who identifies as gay, and who grew up in a small town in Southern Brazil, called "Camboriú". Growing up, I've experienced every traumatic event possible: poverty, child abuse, domestic violence, my father's alcohol use disorder, and homophobia. I was fortunate enough to have had great friends during my childhood, stable relationships with responsible adults in my extended family and Church, as well as some awesome teachers in high school who really saw something in me: all that helped me bounce back from a troubled upbringing and led me to grow into a whole, meaningful life. 

In fact, I cannot really separate the personal from the academic, the kind of researcher and academician I am today is highly influenced by the things that I have lived, the things I have seen (both good and bad), and the roads I have taken in life. Growing up deprived of many things has installed in me a sense of justice, a duty to always fight for those who cannot often fight for themselves: this is my calling and purpose. Even though life was not always easy for me, I tried really hard to take the wheel and to have control over my destiny: I was determined not to waste my life, I wanted to do great things. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to naturalize oppression, I wish I did not have to experience the things I did, no child should have to grow up in an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. I am still not whole, of course, I am on a constant journey towards self-improvement, betterment, and self-awareness. I truly believe in social justice and social change, especially in the role of Education in transforming one's life. 

These are just some of my personal values and things I believe in and fight for:

  • I believe poverty is not natural, it can and should be eradicated

  • LGBT rights are human rights

  • No human is illegal

  • Climate change is real and affects us all

  • I believe in the power of Science and Reason 

  • Education transforms lives