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Dr Amanda Howard

Senior Lecturer

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

Code Description Percentage
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2010 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/11/2004 - 1/02/2010 Social Research and Consultant Frazer Howard and Partners
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/1997 - 1/10/2004 Social Planner

Intagrated planning

Gosford City Council
1/11/1993 - 1/01/1997 Youth Services Officer Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council
Australia
1/02/1993 - 1/10/1993 Social Worker Western 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)

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

Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Howard A, Agllias K, Gray M, Schubert L, 'Hovering Above the Stream: Perception, Experience and Identity at the Frontline of Work with Australian Unemployed Clients', International Social Work, (2016)
Co-authors Mel Gray, Leanne Schubert, Kylie Agllias
2016 Cameron J, Hodge P, Howard A, Stuart G, 'Navigating dilemmas of community development: Practitioner reflections on working with Aboriginal communities', Community Development, 47 546-561 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Community Development Society.Intrinsically, community development involves navigating dilemmas. These dilemmas have intensified as neoliberal ¿arts of government¿ becom... [more]

© 2016 Community Development Society.Intrinsically, community development involves navigating dilemmas. These dilemmas have intensified as neoliberal ¿arts of government¿ become more widespread and a ¿results agenda¿ more entrenched. Recent studies explore how community development practitioners manage the ambiguities of this current context. This article contributes by exploring how practitioners who work with Aboriginal communities in Central and Northern Australia navigate the dilemmas they encounter. Consistent with other studies, we find that practitioners draw on the foundations of community development practice while also responding to the specific characteristics of the setting. We discuss three principal strategies used by community development practitioners (patience, ¿letting go,¿ and negotiation), and we identify the implications for deepening community development practice and shifting the policy setting. This article demonstrates how even in a context that seems tightly prescribed by neoliberal arts of government practitioners are actively finding ways of valuing and supporting community knowledge, priorities, and time frames.

DOI 10.1080/15575330.2016.1205116
Co-authors Graeme Stuart, Paul Hodge, Jenny Cameron
2016 Agllias K, Howard A, Schubert L, Gray M, 'Australian workers' narratives about emergency relief and employment service clients: Complex issues, simple solutions', Australian Social Work, 69 297-310 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2015.1049627
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Leanne Schubert, Mel Gray
2015 Howard AJ, Agllias KB, Cliff KJ, Dodds JH, Field AG, 'Process observations from an Australian cooperative inquiry project aimed at improving undergraduate student's experience', Qualitative Social Work: research and practice, 14 776-793 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1473325015571193
Co-authors Kylie Agllias
2015 Blakemore T, Howard A, 'Engaging undergraduate social work students in research through experience-based learning', Social Work Education, 34 861-880 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02615479.2015.1065809
Co-authors Tamara Blakemore
2015 Howard A, Johnston L, Agllias K, 'Ready or not: Workplace perspectives on work readiness indicators in social work graduates', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 17 7-22 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Lou Johnston
2015 Agllias K, Howard A, Cliff K, Dodds J, Field A, 'Students' Experiences of University and an Australian Social Work Program: Coming, Going, Staying', Australian Social Work, (2015)

© 2015 Australian Association of Social WorkersStudent engagement, retention, and professional commitment is strongly influenced during the early stages of the university experie... [more]

© 2015 Australian Association of Social WorkersStudent engagement, retention, and professional commitment is strongly influenced during the early stages of the university experience. However, a number of factors can undermine engagement, which has implications for the individual, the professional workforce, and university funding and reputation. This paper reports on cooperative inquiry research that explored the beginning experiences of 17 social work students from one regional Australian university. In-depth, qualitative data were collected during six discussions that focused on understanding the experiences that influenced university retention, enjoyment, and success. Data analysis revealed three primary themes: (i) purpose and timing, (ii) balancing commitments, and (iii) a sense of belonging. Findings suggested that students often struggled to balance life, work, and family commitments, while appreciating university processes that reduced stressors and contributed to a sense of belonging.

DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2015.1090464
Co-authors Kylie Agllias
2015 Gray M, Dean M, Agllias K, Howard A, Schubert L, 'Perspectives on Neoliberalism for Human Service Professionals', Social Service Review, 89 368-392 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1086/681644
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Leanne Schubert, Mel Gray
2015 Howard A, Blakemore T, Johnston L, Taylor D, Dibley R, '¿I¿m not really sure but I hope it¿s better¿: early thoughts of parents and carers in a regional trial site for the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme', Disability and Society, 30 1365-1381 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Taylor & Francis.The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant initiatives in Australian social policy history. Its complexity has been co... [more]

© 2015 Taylor & Francis.The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant initiatives in Australian social policy history. Its complexity has been compounded by a fast-paced introduction and ongoing refinement throughout the initial trial phase. Parents and carers of very young disabled children face particular challenges accessing and navigating NDIS systems. This article presents findings from a mixed-method pilot study examining the perspectives of parents and carers of disabled children in one NDIS trial site ¿ the Hunter Region of New South Wales. The research highlights a number of policy assumptions potentially impacting on NDIS take up for young disabled children and their families in regional contexts. Based on research findings a number of policy suggestions and improvements for disabled children and their families entering the NDIS and other individualised funding schemes are outlined.

DOI 10.1080/09687599.2015.1093462
Co-authors Lou Johnston, Tamara Blakemore
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Howard 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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Kylie Agllias
2010 Howard AJ, 'ABCD and social justice growing a community of practice in an Australian context', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $223,000

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


20161 grants / $35,000

Post Disaster Research and Innovation Project$35,000

Funding body: NSW State Emergency Services (SES)

Funding body NSW State Emergency Services (SES)
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Doctor Tamara Blakemore
Scheme Post Disaster Research and Innovation Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600505
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20152 grants / $35,000

Activating Local Networks for Disaster Preparedness and Resilience$20,000

Funding body: South Lakes Community Services

Funding body South Lakes Community Services
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501452
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Hunter Prelude Supported Playgroup Program Evaluation$15,000

Funding body: Hunter Prelude

Funding body Hunter Prelude
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500564
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20144 grants / $143,000

Social Work$90,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Doctor Kylie Agllias, Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Leanne Schubert, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Doctor Kate Davies, Ms Tiani Hetherington
Scheme Research Programme 2014
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400923
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (NCCREMS)
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore
Scheme Natural Disaster Social Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400534
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

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

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme NSW Organisation Transition Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401007
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

PASSPORT Disability Program Evaluation$8,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme Port Stephens Community Options
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400815
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300879
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current9

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.8
PhD3.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Two Ways, Our Way: Exploring The Cultural Dimensions Of Non-Indigenous Social Workers Practice In Remote Central Australian Aboriginal Communities.
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Gender Relations in Homes of Refugee Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: A Study of Congolese Refugee Homes in Uganda
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters A Study of the Policies and Practices with Regard to International Students with Higher Education in Australia, the Degree to which these Enhance Students' University Experience and the Possibilities for Improved Practice
M Philosophy (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters Explore Relationships Between Students Use of Fictional Literature on Advanced Empathy Skills
M Philosophy (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Strengthening Individual and Collective Intercultural Capacity in Community Settings - A Community Based Participatory Action Research Project
PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Service user and provider perspectives on services for the homeless in Jamaica: Implications for social work practice and policy development
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Disability, Employment and Social Justice A Case Study of Facilitators and Barriers to Employment for People with Epilepsy in Harare, Zimbabwe
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Decolonizing Social Work in Nepal: From Existing Trends to Needs and Processes of Indigenous Social Work Practice
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Supervising Supervisors: Developing Social Work Supervision Practice
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
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

Senior Lecturer
SW
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Email amanda.howard@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49216302

Office

Room W226
Building Behavioural Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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