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Professor Mel Gray

Professor

School of Humanities and Social Science (Social Work)

The Power of Knowledge

Professor Mel Gray is a powerful advocate for social work that is both theoretically informed and evidence based.

Mel Gray Mel Gray came to academia having already spent 15 years practising social work in the complex, morally challenging and politically charged society of South Africa. The profound questions this experience raised led to her PhD, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, on the relationship between social work, ethics and politics and have informed her research ever since, giving her a reputation internationally for interrogating basic assumptions and stimulating vigorous debate.

'My research in South Africa was largely around how the new social development policy in the changeover to a democracy was going to roll out and the contribution social work was going to make to it. But what we realised was that a lot of social work had been imported from the US and the UK and wasn't relevant – it wasn't delivering what was needed.'

This disjunction led Gray to question the prevailing universalist models of social work and to develop an 'indigenised' approach focusing on local conditions and values. She has since published widely not only on developmental social work in South Africa but on cross-cultural and comparative social work internationally. Upon moving to Australia in 1999 she extended her research to indigenous social work policy and practice in this country. Today she is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer and champion of culturally-relevant social work education, research and practice.

In a discipline sometimes noted for its pragmatism, Gray has been a major force in introducing more theoretical, not to say theological, dimensions. Her writings abound in astute, lively interweavings of moral and political philosophy, feminism and environmentalism, postmodernism and post-colonialism, religion and spirituality. She has even published on what she perceives to be a latent creativity or artistry in the practice of social work. She ploughs an intellectually rich field.

But Gray has her pragmatic side too, evidenced by an extensive track record in empirical research involving the design, development and evaluation of intervention programs. This ranges from the first interdisciplinary research study on crime prevention in schools in South Africa, to a series of collaborative research projects with community service organisations and government departments in Australia – everything from developing a model for homeless outreach services in Newcastle and the Hunter Region to a national peer-support mental health intervention with Mission Australia.

Recently Gray has branched into a particularly complex area of study, examining the role that research itself plays in improving the delivery of human services. She is interested in both how and how effectively evidence-based knowledge is transferred from knowledge-producers (researchers) to knowledge-users (social workers and other human services practitioners) and implemented in practice. To this end, she and her team conducted an Australia-wide survey to establish the first reliable baseline information nationally on factors influencing human service professionals' use of research evidence.

'This is actually broader than social work and relates to the use of research across the human services sector. We're looking at industry partnerships around human services linkage projects and asking difficult questions like how the knowledge actually gets used and whether the collaboration is in fact contributing to organisational change and innovation and the delivery of better services.'

So significant is this problem and so innovative Gray's approach that in 2008 she won two out of the eight ARC Discovery grants awarded to social work projects since 2000.

Gray's interest in getting research into practice has led to several related projects on how better to engage practitioners in the knowledge production process, how to ensure the latest research is read and applied by practitioners, and how their ability to apply it is influenced by the culture of the organisation they work in. Her advocacy of evidence-based practice has also provoked controversy.

'Although evidence-based practice is ubiquitous in fields like medicine, in the social work profession you find considerable resistance to it. It can be seen as too scientific.'

Whether championing new practices or pioneering new ideas, Gray's unwavering ambition is to create lasting change that improves the lot of individuals and society.

'There are many ways research can have an impact in social work, from changing the attitudes and behaviours of practitioners, to improving practices within service organisations, to influencing government policy. My research endeavours to make a difference at all these levels.'

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Career Summary

Biography

My research and scholarship activity has focused on providing research evidence that is useful and relevant for social work theorists, researchers and practitioners. I have made contributions, both nationally and internationally, to key debates in social work on inter alia social work ethics, evidence based practice and international and Indigenous social work. I have contributed to the body of practice evidence used by social workers through: Publications in edited collections on social work theory, Indigenous social work and mindfulness. Publications in highly regarded international and national journals on the topics of ethics, evidence-based practice, spirituality, Indigenous social work, international social work, social policy, and social work education and practice. The majority of my publications are in international journals or publications that have an international audience of readers. Successful internal and external research grant applications including two ARC Discovery Projects awarded in 2009 entitled 'Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Factors that Influence the Use of Research Evidence by Human Service Professionals' and 'Changing modes: A study of the knowledge economy of human service research in Australia'. Engagement with national community service organisations in collaborative research projects: The NSW Office of the Childrens Guardian (OCG), the Department of Community Services (DoCS) and the NSW Departments of Education and Housing. Membership of the Board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work as well as the boards of several key social work journals: Sage Journal of Social Work (UK), the International Journal of Social Welfare (USA/Sweden), Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services (USA), Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies (USA), Social Development Issues (USA), and Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk (South Africa). I am also Joint Editor of the journal of Australian Social Work. Establishing international academic links with colleagues in Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe and the Nordic countries, and South Africa. Most recently I have worked closely with colleagues in New Brunswick, Canada, Sussex in the UK and Wisconsin in the USA. Supervision of one Masters and eight PhD higher degree student to completion and seven in progress (in the last five years). Dissemination of research findings to practitioners and fellow researchers through a range of professional forums, including 20 conference presentations in the last five years. As the second Professorial appointment in social work, I have provided academic leadership for social work colleagues and have been central to the publication of the unique pedagogy on which Newcastles Bachelor of Social Work program is based. Experience-based social work education has become a central focus for my research and scholarship since 1999 when I came to the University of Newcastle. I have continued my research interest in social work theory, ethics and values which was the subject of my PhD completed in 1993. I am currently working on several books as follows: Gray, M., Coates, J. & Yellow Bird, M. (Eds). Indigenous Social Work around the world: Towards culturally relevant theory and practice. Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate. Gray, M. & Powell, W. The art of engagement: Rediscovering meaning in professional Life. Chicago, Il: Lyceum. Gray, M. & Powell, W. Social Work Ethics. (contract in negotiation with Ashgate). Gray, M. & Webb, S.A. (Eds).Thinking about Social Work: Theories and Methods for Practice.

Research Expertise
I have conducted research broadly in the area of 'social intervention' which involves the design, development and evaluation of intervention programs. While still in South Africa I was instrumental in putting together a multidisciplinary group of researchers and in gaining funding of R3.4m for the Crime Reduction in Schools Project (CRISP) which involved developing and evaluating a range of interventions implemented in six disadvantaged schools between 1999-2001. CRISP was so successful that it became a private company after the government funding period ended and still continues today. Since being in Australia I have continued to conduct research on and write about social policy in South Africa, specifically the progress of social development in South Africa and am currently editing a special issue of the International Journal of Social Welfare on this topic. I have conducted research to develop standards of out of home care for Indigenous child care agencies for the NSW Office of the Children's Guardian and have published in two international journals on this research. I also conducted research in partnership with the Family Action Centre (FAC) at Newcastle University for the Department of Children's Services (DoCS) on the development of an integrated service centre (ISC) in the Hunter and this research contributed directly to the FAC getting funding from the Communities for Children program in Raymond Terrace (the site we identified for the ISC). I have conducted research into culturally relevant social work education and practice which led to an international writers workshop and an edited book on 'Indigenous Social Work around the World: Towards the development of culturally relevant education and practice' to be published by Ashgate. My research in this area has contributed significantly to debates about local, culturally relevant versus international (universal) models of social work education and practice. I continue my research on social work values and ethics and most recently have collaborated with a colleague in education to explore Habermas's contribution to social work ethics. Together with several other colleagues working in this area, we are developing a new approach to social work ethics. I am also researching Francisco Varela's ethical know how and the relevance of a phenomenological perspective to social work ethics and to social work theory and practice generally. This relates too to my work on 'social work as art'. I recently completed two ARC Discovery Projects, which commenced in 2009. The first focused on 'Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Factors that Influence the Use of Research Evidence by Human Service Professionals'. The second entitled 'Changing modes: A study of the knowledge economy of human service research in Australia', investigated how current systems of knowledge production contribute to the creation of relevant and effective human services.

Teaching Expertise
I have taught most areas of social work practice though more recently have focused on experience-based learning as the medium for teaching social work theory, values and ethics to final year social work students

Administrative Expertise
I have twelve years experience as a head of social work (1994-1999; 2000-2001) and head of the school of social sciences (2002-2005). I have served on numerous university committees and academic boards and have experience in administration in most areas relating to social work teaching and research.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Natal
  • Master of Social Science, University of Natal
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Natal
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Natal

Keywords

  • Australian human services
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Indigenous social work
  • Knowledge production
  • Knowledge translation
  • Morals, values and ethics
  • Neoliberalism
  • Social Development
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Social Work ethics
  • Social work and art
  • Social work theory & philosophy
  • Theory and philosophy of social work
  • Welfare reform

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2008 - 1/12/2009 Research Professor University of Newcastle
Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing
Australia
1/01/2005 - 31/12/2008 Editor - Australian Social Work Australian Social Work
Australia
1/01/2004 -  Editor - International Journal of Social Welfare International Journal of Social Welfare
Australia
1/01/2002 -  Consultant to CRISP University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Crime Reduction in Schools Project (CRISP)
South Africa
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2005 Head University of Newcastle
School of Social Sciences
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001 Head: Department of Social Work University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Editorial Board - Sage Journal of Social Work Sage Journal of Social Work
Australia
1/01/2000 - 31/12/2010 Editorial Board - Families in Society: The Journal of the Contemporary Human Services Families in Society: The Journal of the Contemporary Human Services
Australia
1/09/1999 - 1/09/2004 Honorary Research Professorship University of Kwazulu-Natal
South Africa
1/01/1999 -  Project Leader University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Crime Reduction in Schools Project (CRISP)
South Africa
1/01/1999 -  Professor (Chair) of Social Work University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/07/1998 - 1/07/2000 Chair of the Nominations Committee International Association of Schools of Social Work
United Kingdom
1/01/1994 -  Chair and Head University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Department of Social Work
South Africa
1/01/1994 - 1/08/1999 Professor of Department of Social Work University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Faculty of Social Science
South Africa
1/01/1994 - 1/08/1999 Head of Department of Social Work University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Faculty of Social Science
South Africa
1/01/1985 -  Editorial Board - Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk (South Africa) Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk (South Africa)
South Africa

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Australian Association of Social Workers Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia
1/01/1999 -  Membership - Australian Association of Social Workers Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia
1/01/1996 - 1/01/2000 Member for South Africa International Association of Schools of Social Work
South Africa
1/01/1996 - 31/12/2000 Membership - Board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) Board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
Australia
1/01/1994 - 31/12/1999 Membership - Joint Universities Committee on Social Work Education (JUC) Joint Universities Committee on Social Work Education (JUC)
Australia
1/01/1994 - 31/12/1999 Past Member of Joint Universities Committee on Social Work Education (JUC) Joint Universities Committee on Social Work Education (JUC)
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2009 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Supervision Award
University of Newcastle

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2011 Building castles in the air: The influence of the knowledge production context on practice evaluation in Australia
Organisation: Inter-Centre Network for the Evaluation of Social Work Practice, Description: Olten, Switzerland, September 24-25, 2011.
2011 ‘Social Work and Social Policy in Australia’, Conference of the the European Research Institute for Social Work (ERIS), Transnational Convergence, Diffusion and Transfer in Social Policy and Social Wo
Organisation: European Research Institute for Social Work (ERIS) Description: Presentation at the conference entitled Transnational Convergence, Diffusion and Transfer in Social Policy and Social Work, University of Eichstaett, Germany, October 12-14, 2011.
2010 ‘Mapping the Human Services in Australia’,
Organisation: Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work, Launceston, Tasmania, February 2, 2010. Description: Presentation of recent research to the national Heads of Schools of social work.
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 38
Total funding $921,599

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20165 grants / $84,067

Creative Times Project$34,917

Funding body: Samaritans

Funding body Samaritans
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Doctor Leanne Schubert
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600795
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Transition to Community Living - NDIS and Community Support Systems$30,000

Funding body: Leap Frog Ability

Funding body Leap Frog Ability
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601296
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Transition to Community Living: People living with a disability$9,538

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601150
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2016 International Visitor from UC Berkley, USA$7,612

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Professor Eileen Gambrill
Scheme International Research Visiting Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500998
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Reflective Social Work Practice in Contemporary Societies, Lisbon, Portugal, 30 March - 1 April 2016$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20153 grants / $32,518

Scoping novel rural mental health clinical placements for undergraduate nursing and social work students in northern NSW$25,065

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Ms Fiona Little, Professor Tony O'Brien, Professor Mel Gray, Dr Rhonda Wilson, Mr Graeme Kershaw
Scheme Hunter and Coast ICTN Research and Quality Improvement Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500768
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Promoting a developmental approach to social work education in Southern and East Africa: An assessment of the appropriateness of the fieldwork education component of the social work curriculum$5,453

Funding body: IASSW International Association of Schools of Social Work

Funding body IASSW International Association of Schools of Social Work
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Professor Rodreck Mupedziswa, Mr Jacob Mugumbate
Scheme International Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501245
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Social Work in a Restructured Society 13th Annual TiSSA Plenum, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 20-27 August$2,000

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
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500874
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20143 grants / $107,000

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 Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400923
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

The Impact of Peer Support on the recovery of mental health service users pilot project$15,000

Funding body: Mission Australia

Funding body Mission Australia
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400649
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

TiSSA Transforming Societies: A challenge for social work in Europe, Sofia Bulgaria, 22-27 August 2014$2,000

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
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400669
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $19,300

Examining the effectiveness of peer support for users of mental health services$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301087
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301226
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20103 grants / $14,290

2009 FEA VC's Award for Supervision Excellence$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Award for Supervision Excellence
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000407
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2009 FEA VC's Award for Supervision Excellence$5,790

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Award for Supervision Excellence (Equipment)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000882
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

TISSA 2010 "Social Work in times of crisis, What can Social Work deliver - And who benefits?'$1,500

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
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000822
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20093 grants / $382,727

Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Factors that Influence the Use of Research Evidence by Human Service Professionals$240,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Stephen Webb, Professor Mel Gray, Associate Professor Debbie Plath
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0188702
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Changing modes: A study of the knowledge economy of human service research in Australia$140,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Professor Stephen Webb
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0188766
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Safe at Home$2,727

Funding body: NSW Department of Housing

Funding body NSW Department of Housing
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Conjoint Professor Anne Graham
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189930
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20083 grants / $44,166

'Safe at Home': to created a range of artworks challenging attitudes towards domestic violence$35,000

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Project Team Conjoint Professor Anne Graham, Ms Leanne Schubert, Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Community Partnerships
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189266
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Mapping the Human Services Sector$6,666

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189082
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

International Association of schools of social work, 34th Global Social Work Congress (IASSW 2008 Congress), International Convention Centre (ICC), Durban, South Africa, 20/7/2008 - 24/7/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188931
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $1,640

15 Symposium of the International Consortium on Social Development, Hong Kong, 16/7/2007 - 20/7/2007$1,640

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187904
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20052 grants / $18,500

Map Your Future: An intervention research project aimed at assisting women to achieve their potential through mentoring relationships$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jill Gibbons, Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Collaborative Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185731
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2005 RIBG allocation$8,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185824
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20044 grants / $32,600

Map your future$24,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Housing

Funding body NSW Department of Housing
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Doctor Jill Gibbons
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0185765
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

A study of the difference between indigenous and Western models of social work in South Africa$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183550
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Transforming Social Work Practice, Education and Inquiry, 16-19 October 2004$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184788
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Visit of A/Prof John Coates 1/10/2004 to 31/11/2004$1,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Visitor Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184483
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20034 grants / $162,491

Preparing a range of policies and procedures to be used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies providing out-of-home care services in NSW$79,991

Funding body: NSW Office of the Children`s Guardian

Funding body NSW Office of the Children`s Guardian
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183326
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Integrated Service Centre$75,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Community Services

Funding body NSW Department of Community Services
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Mrs Judi Geggie
Scheme Hunter Families First
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183066
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Visit of Prof Stanley L Witkin, from 1 July 2003 to 10 August 2003$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Visitor Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182652
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Transforming Social Work Practice, Education and Inquiry 16/10 to 19/10/03$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183359
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20022 grants / $12,500

Not-for-profits running for-profit enterprises: Case studies in social entrepreneurship$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181373
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Congress of the International Association of Schools of Social Work France, 15-18 July 2002$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181976
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $7,400

Towards a development model for business social investment in the Hunter Region.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180006
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Annual Program Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education, USA 8-11 March 2001$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180684
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20001 grants / $2,400

Joint (Biannual) Conference of the International Federation of Social Workers Canada 29 July - 2 August 2000.$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mel Gray
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0179847
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed18
Current13

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD6.55

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Male Counsellors in Sexual Assault Services - Is This the Future? An Exploration into the Views of Clients and Counsellors PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Poverty Reduction in Rural Eastern Uganda. The case of National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Program PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Sole 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 Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD A View of Home: Older People, Housing, and Social Policy in Australia PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Optimising Care for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) Living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in Australia. PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Human rights and migration: Perspectives of Zimbabwean migrants living in Johannesburg, South Africa PhD (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 Principal 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 Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Creativity in Social Work Practice. PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Disability, Employment, and Social Justice; Employment Experiences of People with Epilepsy in Harare, Zimbabwe PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Decolonised, Developmental Nepali Social Work: Making It Matter PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2007 PhD Pedagogy within Christian Youth Groups Education Not Elswr Classified, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2004 PhD Map Your Future - Helping Women Make Changes: An Innovative Mentoring Program for Women in Disadvantaged Communities Social Work, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Support for Children and Families Living with a Family Member with Mental Illness PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Philippine Social Economy: A Case Study PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2014 PhD Winning Friends and Influencing People: A Study of Political Influence in Australian Policy-Making PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Making Social Work Research Count: Researchers' Perceptions of Using Research in Practice PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 Masters The Homecoming Experiences of Female Saudi Arabian International Students M Philosophy (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Art, Social Work and Social Change PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Service-User Perspectives on Evidence: Shaping Participatory Mental Health and Homelessness Services PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Faith, Hope and Charity PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Every Family: Intergenerational Estrangement Between Older Parents and Their Adult-children PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD Indigenous Social Work: A Comparative Study of New Brunswick (Canada) and Alice Springs (Australia) PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2008 PhD Map Your Future: A Study of a Mentoring Program for Women from Disadvantaged Communities PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2007 Masters A holistic approach to housing: A social work perspective Social Work, Unknown Sole Supervisor
2007 Masters Consultation as a new method of social work. Social Work, Unknown Sole Supervisor
2007 Masters Transracial adoption. Social Work, Unknown Sole Supervisor
2007 Masters An exploration of South African adoption practice in respect of abandoned children. Social Work, Unknown Sole Supervisor
2003 PhD Nonviolence and Youth Work Practice in Australia PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2003 Masters The Wellbeing of Older Men: An Exploratory Study M Social Work [R], Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
1998 Masters Fund dependent organisations: Participation in the NNSDP concerned welfare and non-governmental organisations and their experiences of being involved in the National Nutritional and Social Development Programme (NNSDP). Social Work, Unknown Sole Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 93
South Africa 20
Canada 16
United Kingdom 13
United States 9
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News

Professor Mel Gray's Decolonizing Social Work selected by Choice Magazine

Choice Outstanding Academic Title awarded to UON Professor

January 6, 2015

Decolonizing Social Work (Ashgate, 2014), edited by the University of Newcastle's (UON) Professor Mel Gray, has been selected as a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine.

Preparing communities for natural disaster

Preparing communities for natural disasters

May 6, 2014

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

Professor Mel Gray

Position

Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Email mel.gray@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7322
Fax (02) 4921 7818

Office

Room W223
Building Behavioural Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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