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Dr Amanda Howard

Head of Discipline and Program Convenor

School of Humanities and Social Science (Social Work)

Career Summary

Biography

 Amanda Howard is currently the Program Convener and Head of Discipline for Social Work at the University of Newcastle. Her areas of research include community development and work with communities (with a particular focus on strengths or asset based approaches. PhD thesis was focused on the emergence of Asset Based Community Development as a new practice framework on the Central Coast), the experiences of marginalised groups in a changing policy environment (current projects include research on natural disaster preparedness in 'at risk' groups  and disability (Amanda is currently leading a team of researchers who have just completed a research project exploring the perspectives of parents with children 0-6 who have a disability in the Newcastle and Hunter region during the first phase of the NDIS (Disability Care).

Amanda has also worked recently on a student research collaboration exploring first year experiences and on a research project examining the impact of neo-liberalism on front line job agency workers.

Before joining UoN Amanda worked on a number of social research projects and community development roles. Projects included:

What Constitutes a Child Friendly Community and How Do We Build Child Friendly Communities? Topical Paper for ARACY

 Impacts on DoCS Funding Policy on Small Community Organisations. Report for Western Sydney Community Forum

Development of Child Protection Policy for FirstChance Early Childhood Intervention Service.

 Glebe Community Development Project Evaluation

Central Coast Community Stories DVD Project

Bringing Up Kids. It's the Little Things that Matter – Community Education Project for Communities for Children Southern Lakes, The Benevolent Society.

Social Inclusion Project ‘Report on Older People Living in the Bridge to Beach Area’  for The Benevolent Society

Community Forums for Department of Housing Community Renewal Strategy,
Killarney Vale, Bateau Bay, Tumbi Umbi

Research Expertise
- Evaluation in Community Development - Measuring practice outcomes in social work - Narrative perspectives in Social Work practice - Strengths based approaches including ABCD - Co-operative inquiry and engaging social workers in practice research - Theoretical and philosophical foundations in community focused social work research and practice. - Impact if policy change on marginalised groups. - Disaster preparedness and community development. - Disability NDIS and Early Intervention.

Teaching Expertise
- Constructions of disadvantage. - Community Development. - Capacity Building - Social Policy. - Leadership. - Social Work Theory

Administrative Expertise
7 years experience running my own social research consultancy including tender writing, project management and budgeting, At the University of Newcastle: Currently Program Convener and Head of Discipline for Social Work Previously Field Education Co-ordinator with the UoN Social Work program

Collaborations
Amanda is currently collaborating a number of NGOs, government and community groups looking at the experiences of local communities and populations who can be marginalised by social and economic policy change. Within the University Amanda is currently collaborating with academics from Human Geography on research exploring strengths based approaches in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Community
  • Community Development
  • Critical Reflection
  • Disability
  • Leadership
  • Natural Disaster Preparation
  • Policy
  • Social Construction
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Strengths Based Approaches

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160799Social Work not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
9/01/2015 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/03/2010 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/11/2004 - 1/02/2010Social Research and ConsultantFrazer Howard and Partners
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/02/1997 - 1/10/2004Social Planner
Intagrated planning
Gosford City Council
1/11/1993 - 1/01/1997Youth Services OfficerKu-ring-gai Municipal Council
Australia
1/02/1993 - 1/10/1993Social WorkerWestern Sydney Area Health Service
Western Sydney Adolescent Team
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Rawsthorne M, Howard AJ, Working with Communities: Critical Perspectives, Common Ground, Champaign, Illinois, 160 (2011) [A1]

Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Howard AJ, Agllias KB, Cliff KJ, Dodds JH, Field AG, 'Observations from an Australian cooperative inquiry project aimed at improving undergraduate student experience', Qualitative Social Work: research and practice, - (2015)
Co-authorsKylie Agllias
2015Gray M, Dean M, Agllias K, Howard A, Schubert L, 'Perspectives on Neoliberalism for Human Service Professionals', Social Service Review, 2 368-392 (2015)
DOI10.1086/681644
Co-authorsKylie Agllias, Mel Gray, Leanne Schubert

Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Howard AJ, Agllias KB, 'Citizens, consumers, recipients: Voices of frontline workers negotiating the neo-liberal welfare system in Australia', Abstract Book. 2nd Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development, Stockholm, Sweden (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsKylie Agllias
2010Howard AJ, 'ABCD and social justice growing a community of practice in an Australian context', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$118,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $15,000

Hunter Prelude Supported Playgroup Program Evaluation$15,000

Funding body: Hunter Prelude

Funding bodyHunter Prelude
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500564
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20145 grants / $93,000

Identifying risk perceptions, level of preparedness and communication channels / barriers for `at risk’ communities in respect to natural disasters$35,000

Funding body: Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (NCCREMS)

Funding bodyHunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (NCCREMS)
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore
SchemeNatural Disaster Social Research
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400534
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Social Work$30,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamProfessor Mel Gray, Doctor Kylie Agllias, Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Leanne Schubert, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Doctor Kate Davies, Ms Tiani Hetherington
SchemeResearch Programme 2014
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400923
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Evaluation of Financial Sustainability Project: Hunter Early Childhood Intervention Services$10,000

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding bodyDepartment of Family and Community Services
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeNSW Organisation Transition Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401007
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Evaluation of Financial Sustainability Project: Hunter Early Childhood Intervention Services$10,000

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding bodyDepartment of Family and Community Services
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeNSW Organisation Transition Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401007
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

PASSPORT Disability Program Evaluation$8,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding bodyPort Stephens Council
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemePort Stephens Community Options
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400815
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20131 grants / $10,000

What does person centred care mean for Early Intervention Services? Parent and carer perspectives$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300879
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Explore Relationships Between Students Use of Fictional Literature on Advanced Empathy Skills
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Strengthening Individual and Collective Intercultural Capacity in Community Settings - A Community Based Participatory Action Research Project
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014An Investigation into Macro and Micro Factors that Perpetuate Homelessness in Jamaica and Implications for Social Work
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014Disability, Employment and Social Justice A Case Study of Facilitators and Barriers to Employment for People with Epilepsy in Harare, Zimbabwe
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Decolonizing Social Work in Nepal: From Existing Trends to Needs and Processes of Indigenous Social Work Practice
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012Supervising Supervisors: Developing Social Work Supervision Practice
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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News

Preparing communities for natural disaster

Preparing communities for natural disasters

May 6, 2014

University of Newcastle research prepares 'at risk' communities for natural disasters

Dr Amanda Howard

Position

Head of Discipline and Program Convenor
SW
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Emailamanda.howard@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 49216302

Office

RoomW226
BuildingBehavioural Sciences Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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