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Dr Leanne Schubert

Team Leader

Family Action Centre (Social Work)

Career Summary

Biography

Leanne is a social worker with over twenty-five years of direct practice and ten years teaching experience. She is also mixed media artist interested in diverse art making practices and processes. She completed her PhD entitled Art, Social Work, and Social Change in 2012. Her thesis explored the intersection between art and social work within the community context. The findings of her study indicate art’s potential as a source of (or conduit for) unconscious (intuitive) knowledge within the practice of both disciplines. Leanne works in collaborative, inclusive, and transdisciplinary ways. She has long used art within her social work practice and research with individuals, groups and communities in parallel to her personal art making. 

Leanne currently works as a Research Assistant within the Social Work Research program where she continues to pursue her research interests in the relationship between art and social work in tandem with projects on knowledge production and utilisation in social work and the human services, and program evaluation within the non-government community services sector. Leanne is also a Senior Researcher with the Family Action where she engaged in undertaking a range of program based research. 

Research Expertise
Leanne's research interests centre on the relationship between art and social work and social change. She is interested in practice based research and research that contributes to practice. She has contributed to research projects in diverse fields including mapping the human services, knowledge production and use in social work, neoliberalism, heterosexuaities, domestic and family violence, parenting, program evaluation.

Teaching Expertise
Leanne has taught theory and practice all years of the social work undergraduate program. She specialises in the teaching of interpersonal skills development, counselling an therapeutic skills development and working with families.

Collaborations
Leanne is currently contributing to research projects with the Social Work Research Program and with the Family Action Centre. She has also collaborated with a wide range of practitioners within the wider community on a variety of practice based projects.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage Studies, Charles Sturt University

Keywords

  • Art
  • Arts-based community development
  • Domestic Violence
  • Human Services
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Knowledge Production
  • Neoliberalism
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Change
  • Social Intervention Research
  • Social Work
  • Welfare Reform

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160703Social Program Evaluation20
160799Social Work not elsewhere classified60
190599Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
2/02/2015 - 18/12/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
2/02/2013 - 20/07/2013Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
10/07/2012 - 19/12/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
31/07/2010 - 6/12/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
7/09/2009 - 4/12/2009Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
25/06/2007 - 14/12/2007LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
4/09/2006 - 15/12/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/07/2004 - 31/12/2004LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2002 - Membership - Australian Association of Social WorkersAustralian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia
1/06/1993 - 1/08/2007Social WorkerHunter New England Health
Australia
1/12/1991 - DirectorWisteria Gardens Pty Ltd
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2003 - 31/12/2003Member - Australian Association of Social WorkersAustralian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1984 - 1/12/1991Various (Intake Officer, District Officer, Social Worker, Manager, Assistant District Manager)Department of Community Services (Western Metropolitan)
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
2012Award for RHD Excellence
Unknown
2008Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Unknown

Recognition

YearAward
2013Lower Hunter Sector Quality Award
Unknown
2002Leadership Award
Unknown

Research Award

YearAward
2011Faculty of Education and Arts Publication Prize
Unknown
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Schubert L, Crofts P, Bird K, 'Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Striving to Address Domestic and Family Violence in Australia', Family Violence from a Global Perspective: a Strengths Based Approach, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA 216-233 (2014) [B1]
Co-authorsPenny Crofts

Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Gray M, Agllias K, Boddy J, Schubert L, 'Doctoral research from a feminist perspective: Acknowledging, advancing and aligning women¿s experience', Qualitative Social Work: research and practice, (2015)
DOI10.1177/1473325014565148
Co-authorsKylie Agllias, Mel Gray
2015Schubert L, Gray M, 'The Death of Emancipatory Social Work as Art and Birth of Socially Engaged Art Practice', British Journal of Social Work, (2015)
DOI10.1093/bjsw/bcv020
Co-authorsMel Gray
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-authorsAmanda Howard, Mel Gray, Kylie Agllias
2013Gray M, Schubert L, 'Knowing what we know about knowledge in social work: The search for a comprehensive model of knowledge production', International Journal of Social Welfare, 22 334-346 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1111/ijsw.12013Author URL
Co-authorsMel Gray
2012Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Sustainable social work: Modelling knowledge production, transfer, and evidence-based practice', International Journal of Social Welfare, 21 203-214 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00802.x
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 7
Co-authorsMel Gray
2010Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Turning base metal into gold: Transmuting art, practice, research and experience into knowledge', British Journal of Social Work, 40 2308-2325 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1093/bjsw/bcq047
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsMel Gray
2010Schubert L, 'Community Development in Asia and the Pacific', ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK AND DEVELOPMENT, 20 93-94 (2010) [C3]
Author URL
2007Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Space, Place and Spirit: Imagining the Everyday', International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1 157-168 (2007) [C1]
Co-authorsMel Gray
2006Schubert L, 'Is Social Work Art, Or Is Art Social Work', The International Journal of the Humanities, 4 43-52 (2006) [C1]
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Schubert L, Gray MM, 'What do our themes say about your themes? Reviewing professional concerns against a knowledge base', Abstract Book. 2nd Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development, Stockholm, Sweden (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsMel Gray
2009Graham AM, Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Oh what a tangled web we weave: Art, community and collaboration in the public domain', Arts 2009: International Conference on the Arts in Society: Sessions, Venice, Italy (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsMel Gray
2009Gray MM, Graham AM, Schubert L, 'Turning water into wine: Distilling art, practice and experience into knowledge', Arts 2009: International Conference on the Arts in Society: Sessions, Venice, Italy (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsMel Gray
2009Schubert L, Gray MM, Graham AM, 'Safe at home and beyond: Arts-based community development enhancing awareness of domestic violence', Arts 2009: International Conference on the Arts in Society: Sessions, Venice, Italy (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsMel Gray
2009Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Knowledge, experience and art in an innovative community-based study', EKSIG 2009: Experiential Knowledge, Method & Methodology: International Conference 2009 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge: Conference Proceedings, London, UK (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsMel Gray
2009Schubert L, Gray MM, Graham AM, 'Safe at Home evaluation', The 2nd ArtsHealth Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsMel Gray
2006Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Space, Place and Spirit: Imagining the Everyday', International Journal of Arts in Society, Edinburgh, Scotland (2006) [E3]
Co-authorsMel Gray
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Schubert L, Comfort Food, Beary Safe, Sounds of Bruised Flesh exhibited at 'A Fine Line', PODspace Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [J2]

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Schubert L, Gray M, Heinsch M, 'Changing Modes: A study of the knowledge economy of human service research in Australia.', Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing, 213 (2012)
Co-authorsMel Gray

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Schubert L, Art, Social Work and Social Change, The University of Newcastle (2012)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$39,300

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20141 grants / $30,000

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

20131 grants / $9,300

Our Backyard$9,300

Funding body: Eastlakes Women's and Children's Refuge Inc

Funding bodyEastlakes Women's and Children's Refuge Inc
Project TeamProfessor Mel Gray, Doctor Leanne Schubert
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301226
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Creativity in Social Work Practice.
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Leanne Schubert

Positions

Team Leader
Community Connect Family Action Centre
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Academic
Community Connect Family Action Centre
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Emailleanne.schubert@newcastle.edu.au
Phone4913 8106
Mobile0437434518
Fax4921 8686

Office

RoomStation 4.2
BuildingThe Family Action Centre Station 4
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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