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

  • Community engagement and capacity building Assets-based community development, disaster recovery, linking school and community
  • Child protection Child and family social work, child sexual abuse occurrence and outcome, institutional child abuse; prevalence, response and recovery
  • Creativity and art in social work Relationship between social work, art and social change
  • Environmental social work Climate change, environmental decline, women and the poor, natural disasters; preparedness, response and recovery
  • Evidence-based social work Research use in social work
  • Family estrangement
  • International, Indigenous and decolonising social work Impact of development policies on social work in the Global South, issues of social work's relevance in and contribution to Africa and Asia, including China
  • Social work and health Social management of chronic illness
  • Social work supervision Critical approach to social work supervision, critical pedagogy, organisational learning
  • Knowledge production and transfer in social work Connecting research to action, bridging the theory-practice gap
  • Neoliberal managerialism and its impact on social work and the human services
  • Social development
  • Social enterprise Social entrepreneurship, micro-enterprise development
  • Social policy Development studies, disability and the NDIS, impact of social policy and programs on service users and their families, social policy and programme implementation in complex environments
  • Social work education Experience-based learning, research-integrated learning, critical pedagogy, innovative pedagogy for equity, interprofessional education
  • Social work practice in rural, regional and remote locations Cultural contexts and culturally appropriate practice, environmental contexts of practice, policy and organisational contexts of rural and remote practice

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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.