Mr Justin Francis Leon Nicolas

Mr Justin Francis Leon Nicolas

Research student

Career Summary


Justin Francis Leon Nicolas is a PhD researcher from the Department of Social Work and former FEDUA Board RHD Representative (2015 & 2016).  He is currently working on how creativity is articulated in social work practice and social work education. His study aims to establish whether, how, and why creativity remains peripheral to social work practice and asks whether creativity should be implicit in the values and principles of social work.  Hence it seeks to answer the overarching question: how is creativity in social work practice identified, described, recognised, and articulated?

Justin is also an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of the Philippines.  He finished his Master of Social Work degree from the same university.  He is also a registered social worker, a former policy analyst at the Council for the Welfare of Children and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and was a human rights worker with the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND).  He co-authored the Vulnerability and Adaptation Manual (VAM), a volume integrated in the DSWD Social Protection Manual in the Philippines.


  • Creativity in Social Work Practice
  • Policy analysis
  • Social Work Education
  • Theory


  • English (Fluent)
  • Filipino (Mother)

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/6/2010 - 7/3/2016 Assistant Professor

Taught the courses Social Policy and Administration, Social Work Practice with Groups, Project Management.  Was the Field Instruction Coordinator for 2013 and 2014.  Supervised students in their field work.

University of the Philippines
Department of Social Work

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/6/2000 - 31/5/2010 Instructor

Taught Sociology subjects such as Rural and Urban Sociology, Community Organising, Human Rights and Contemporary Theory. 

Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Department of Sociology


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Nicolas J, Gray M, 'A unique sustainable livelihoods strategy: How resilient homeless families survive on the streets of Metro Manila, Philippines', Faces of Homelessness in the Asia Pacific 111-132 (2017)
DOI 10.4324/9781315475257
Co-authors Mel Gray

Mr Justin Francis Leon Nicolas