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Dr Leanne Schubert

Senior Research Assistant

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

Code Description Percentage
160703 Social Program Evaluation 20
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 60
190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2002 -  Membership - Australian Association of Social Workers Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia
1/06/1993 - 1/08/2007 Social Worker Hunter New England Health
Australia
1/12/1991 -  Director Wisteria Gardens Pty Ltd
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2003 - 31/12/2003 Member - Australian Association of Social Workers Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia

Professional appointment

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

Awards

Recipient

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

Recognition

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

Research Award

Year Award
2011 Faculty 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Schubert 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]

Journal article (12 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 Amanda Howard, Mel Gray, Kylie Agllias
2015 Gray M, Agllias K, Schubert L, Boddy J, 'Doctoral research from a feminist perspective: Acknowledging, advancing and aligning women's experience', Qualitative Social Work: research and practice, 14 758-775 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1473325014565148
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Mel Gray
2015 Schubert L, Gray M, 'The Death of Emancipatory Social Work as Art and Birth of Socially Engaged Art Practice', British Journal of Social Work, 45 1349-1356 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved. The growth of socially engaged art pract... [more]

© 2015 The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved. The growth of socially engaged art practice over the last decade is considered in light of the relationship between social work, art and social change. The question posed is 'has social work - caught in neo-liberal paternalism - given way to socially engaged art as a medium of social change?' The paper argues that, as social workers have vacated public spaces of activism and change, so artists have moved in to fill the void and suggests there has never been a better time to reinvigorate critical social work and its emancipatory potential.

DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcv020
Co-authors Mel Gray
2015 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, (2015)

© 2015 Australian Association of Social Workers This paper illuminates two under-investigated, and often intersecting, frontline services accessed by unemployed people. It report... [more]

© 2015 Australian Association of Social Workers This paper illuminates two under-investigated, and often intersecting, frontline services accessed by unemployed people. It reports on the narratives of 32 Australian service providers working in emergency relief or employment services during 2012, including perceptions of clients¿ presenting issues and problems, and rationale for intervention. Workers tended to use reductionist and individualistic terms to describe complex client issues suggesting self-motivation and personal responsibility were key to gaining employment or alleviating poverty. Clients were often viewed as having the power to change their circumstances, while workers appeared unaware of their positional power and drew from dominant conservative discourse about welfarism and unemployment to fortify their compliance requirements. The findings are discussed in relation to service delivery and reform.

DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2015.1049627
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Amanda Howard, Mel Gray
2015 Gray M, Sharland E, Heinsch M, Schubert L, 'Connecting Research to Action: Perspectives on Research Utilisation', British Journal of Social Work, 45 1952-1967 (2015) [C1]

© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved. In contemporary knowledge societies, scientif... [more]

© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved. In contemporary knowledge societies, scientific research has been emphasised as a key component of effective and accountable service provision. This paper examines commonalities and distinctions between two discourses of research utilisation: 'evidence-based practice' (EBP) and 'knowledge production/utilisation' (KPU) - the former more prominent in informing the social work canon, the latter with some potential to do so. Specifically, it considers how and where these discourses are now coming together, through a focus on 'knowledge mobilisation', 'implementation' and 'innovation', and a shared emphasis on the role of organisations in bridging the gap between research and action. It hopes to contribute to the movement towards greater research use in social work and enhance understanding of the mechanisms by which research is connected to action.

DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcu089
Co-authors Mel Gray, Milena Heinsch
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 - 2
Co-authors Amanda Howard, Kylie Agllias, Mel Gray
2013 Gray 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]
DOI 10.1111/ijsw.12013
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mel Gray
2012 Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Sustainable social work: Modelling knowledge production, transfer, and evidence-based practice', International Journal of Social Welfare, 21 203-214 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00802.x
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Mel Gray
2010 Gray 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]
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcq047
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Mel Gray
2010 Schubert L, 'Community Development in Asia and the Pacific', ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK AND DEVELOPMENT, 20 93-94 (2010) [C3]
2007 Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Space, Place and Spirit: Imagining the Everyday', International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1 157-168 (2007) [C1]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2006 Schubert 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Schubert 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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2009 Graham 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 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2009 Gray 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 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2009 Schubert 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 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2009 Gray 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 (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2009 Schubert L, Gray MM, Graham AM, 'Safe at Home evaluation', The 2nd ArtsHealth Conference Proceedings (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Mel Gray
2006 Gray MM, Schubert L, 'Space, Place and Spirit: Imagining the Everyday', International Journal of Arts in Society (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Mel Gray
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Schubert L, Comfort Food, Beary Safe, Sounds of Bruised Flesh exhibited at 'A Fine Line', Newcastle, NSW (2009) [J2]

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Schubert 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-authors Mel Gray

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Schubert L, Art, Social Work and Social Change, The University of Newcastle (2012)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $99,300

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20141 grants / $90,000

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

20131 grants / $9,300

Our Backyard$9,300

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

Funding body Eastlakes Women's and Children's Refuge Inc
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Doctor Leanne Schubert
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301226
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Creativity in Social Work Practice.
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Leanne Schubert

Position

Senior Research Assistant
Community Connect Family Action Centre
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Email leanne.schubert@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 4913 8106
Mobile 0437434518
Fax 4921 8686

Office

Room Station 4.2
Building The Family Action Centre Station 4
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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