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Host of the Social Work Cafe podcast.

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The title of my doctoral thesis, completed in 2017, is: The lived experience of professional identity: A year-long study with newly qualified social workers. A methodology consisting of hermeneutic phenomenology and critical social work theory was utilised to explore how seventeen new social workers sustained and developed professional identity during the initial stages of their career. A range of factors impacted lived experience, including individual commitment to learning and development, meaningful relationships, access to professional development activities, and being recognised and valued as social workers.

Research Interests

  • Professional identity in social work
  • Frameworks for graduate support and development
  • Social work education, field placement (workplace learning)
  • Study abroad and international study programs in social work
  • Interpretive phenomenology and critical research methodology

Professional Information

I lead the Social Work Identity International Research Group (SWIIRG). Our group consists of academics and researchers from countries such as Australia, Japan, Israel and England. We are passionate about investigating the ever changing professional identity of social work across the globe. 

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 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Social Work, Doctor of Philosophy, The lived experience of professional identity: A year-long study with newly qualified social workers, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 11 Dec 2017

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work (Hons, Class 1), The social work response to the situation of asylum seekers in detention, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 02 Apr 2009


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