biography
   
 
 
Edward Kruk is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, specializing in child and family policy. As a child and family social worker in Canada and the U.K., he has practiced in the fields of welfare rights, child protection, school social work, hospital social work, and family services. He is currently teaching and practicing in the areas of family mediation and addiction.
 
Edward's first book, Divorce and Disengagement: Patterns of Fatherhood Within and Beyond Marriage, was the first in-depth study of the experiences of divorced fathers and the phenomenon of father absence after divorce. His second book, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Social Work and the Human Services, explores the application of mediation in eighteen fields of practice, with a focus on theory and practice relevant to each field. His third book, Divorced Fathers: Children's Needs and Parental Responsibilities, examines fathers' perceptions of their children's needs in the divorce transition, and parental and social institutional responsibilities to those needs. His new book, The Equal Parent Presumption: Social Justice in the Legal Determination of Parenting After Divorce, based on emergent trends of egalitarian parenting and non-adversarial conflict resolution, outlines a "best interests of the child from the perspective of the child" and a responsibility-to-needs approach to post-divorce child and family policy.
 
Edward has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in a range of social policy, social work, sociology, family studies and other scholarly journals on topics such as child custody determination, family mediation, fathers and divorce, women and addiction, and grandparent access rights. His recent policy paper, Child Custody, Access and Parental Responsibility: The Search for a Just and Equitable Standard, is informing the development of a new approach to child custody determination globally. He has appeared in several documentaries, and his work is regularly featured in print, and on radio and television, including CBC, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He also writes a popular monthly column, "Co-Parenting After Divorce," for Psychology Today. Edward was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service and research on the best interests of children of divorce, and was elected as the inaugural president of the International Council on Shared Parenting.

Edward is an alumnus of the University of Toronto, where he completed his B.A. and M.S.W. degrees, cum laude, and the University of Edinburgh, where he completed his doctorate as a National Welfare Fellow. He has a B.A. (Hons.) degree in both Sociology and Psychology, a Master of Social Work degree, and a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Social Work. He has taught at both the University of Calgary and at UBC, and his work has taken him abroad, including Israel and Iran, where he has taught family mediation to social work students and practitioners.

Edward is a single father of two boys, Stephan and Liam. He is a Gulf Island resident, of Polish heritage, born in England, and is a citizen of Canada. He enjoys reading, films, cycling, hiking, camping, soccer, and as DJ Raven on Tree Frog Radio, spinning an eclectic mix of rave/dance music - downtempo, hip hop, electronica, dub, drum n base - and extemporizing on child and family matters. He is a founding member of the Bounce Collective, a group of progressive West Coast DJs known for their diversity of musical styles, and all-night dance parties.