the Social Work Research Program at the University of Newcastle has established a strong track record and an ERA ranking of well above world standard

SOCIAL WORK
Research Program

About us

Led by Professor Mel Gray from the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Social Work Research Program has established a strong track record and an Excellence in Research for Australia ranking of 'well above world standard'.

Areas of established social work research at the University of Newcastle include:

  • evidence-based social work
  • knowledge production and transfer in social work
  • family estrangement
  • assets-based community development
  • neoliberal managerialism and its impact on social work
  • social policy
  • social enterprise
  • child protection
  • the relationship between social work and art
  • international and Indigenous social work
  • social work supervision

The over-arching theme of the program's research has been the translation of theory and research to inform social work education and practice.

Social work research at the University of Newcastle has an outstanding reputation. It was awarded a five ('well above world standard') rating in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC). This is the highest ERA rating for social work in Australia and the University of Newcastle was the only university to receive a five in this field of research. 

Social Work Research Program Social Work Research Program members. Standing L to R: Mel Gray,
Lou Johnston, Leanne Schubert. Seated L to R: Dara Sampson,
Alice Acejas, Amanda Howard.