Environmental and Social Justice Research Group

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Social science and humanities researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University are interested in exploring a wide range of research focusing on social change, psychosocial wellbeing, community resilience, and environmental justice. A transformative approach is adopted to reflect underpinning research principles relating to holism, diversity, relationality, and the questioning of dominant assumptions. The group’s research efforts are guided by Yindyamarra Winhanganha – ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’ - and the University’s ethos - ‘for the public good’ (DET, 2017).

The group’s projects include collaborative research in partnership with individuals, groups, organisations, communities, government and global entities. Strengths-based and outcomes focused research as well as theory-building projects are undertaken to explore topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Wellbeing e.g. health, mental health, ability and disability;
  • Development across the lifespan e.g. healthy ageing, children and young people;
  • Indigenous Australian and First Nations’ knowledges;
  • Rural communities;
  • Sex and gender e.g. patriarchal power, privilege and diversity;
  • Sustainability and the environment;
  • Cultural diversity and multicultural communities;
  • Professional practice e.g. identity, education and praxis.

A range of theoretical frameworks underpin the group’s research endeavours, including critical social theory, feminist theory, complex systems theory and post-conventional approaches. Qualitative methodology and mixed-methods approaches are used in the group’s projects.

The group is committed to sharing knowledge through quality publications and research outputs, external collaborations, as well as professional development activities with a range of local, national and international partners. As an active, diverse group of peers from a range of disciplines, there is also a strong commitment to supporting other researchers, including early career researchers and postgraduate students at all levels. The wide-ranging nature of the group’s research is in alignment with the intersecting aims of the University’s research strategy – resilient people, flourishing communities and sustainable environments.

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    Research Output

  • An examination of support and development mechanisms for newly qualified social workers across the UK: Implications for Australian social work

    Moorhead, B., Manthorpe, J. & Baginsky, M., Apr 2020, In : Practice (UK). 32, 2, p. 145-159 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Activities

    Nihon Fukushi University

    Karen Bell (Visiting researcher) & Bernadette Moorhead (Visiting researcher)

    04 Feb 202012 Feb 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external organisationAcademic

    Women in Trades - Ministerial Visit - International Women's Day event

    Donna Bridges (Organiser), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser) & Branka Krivokapic-Skoko (Organiser)

    03 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventGovernment

    Webinar for Stirling University

    Fredrik Velander (Participant), Monica Short (Participant), Lachlan Kalache (Participant), Ndungi Mungai (Participant), Susan Mlcek (Participant), Katrina Gersbach (Participant) & Lynelle Osburn (Participant)

    01 Sep 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationAcademic