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B. Soc Stud (Sydney University); ThA (ACT); Th.Dip (ACT); Grad Dip. Man (CIAE) ; M. Soc Wel & Soc Plan. (CSU); PhD (CSU).

Dr Bill Anscombe is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Institute of Land Water and Society (ILWS) and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Bill has twenty years’ experience in community and institutional corrections at both field and senior levels within the NSW Department of Corrective Services. He joined Charles Sturt University as a Lecturer in Social Work in 1993 and retired in 2014 after 4 years as the Course Director for Social Work and Human Service programs. He has also served (on leave without pay from the University) as Director of Child and Family Services for Western NSW and was in a joint appointment for 5 years between CSU and the (then) NSW Department of Community Services.

Bill is a Director of Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT, Chair and President of St Martin’s College at Wagga Wagga, serves as a Director of two Wagga Wagga charitable organisations and is a member of the National Executive of the Bush Church Aid Society of Australia. He serves as a member of the National Accreditation Panel of the Australian Association of Social Workers. He worships and takes services at South Wagga Wagga Anglican Church.

His PhD studies were in Consilience in Social Work: Reflections on Thinking, Doing and Being and he has co-authored two recent books Empowering Social Workers (Springer 2017) and Reflective Social Work Practice (Cambridge 2015) and a forthcoming book on Virtuous Practice in Social Work arising out of an Australian Research Council Grant on Virtuous Practitioners: Empowering Social Workers.

His research and publications and reports are at the applied end of the research spectrum and he seeks outcomes that make a practical difference for people. With a wide range of research interests and research projects including Indigenous Australians, rural programme evaluation, Housing, Multicultural issues of rural Australia, rural social policy, Early Childhood projects,the most recent co-publication has been in the British Journal of Social Work Searching for Value Ethics: a survey of Social Work Ethics Curriculum and Educators (September 2019).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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