Lecturer, Social Work
BSW Coordinator, 1st year BSW students
|Contact Campus||Newnham Campus|
|Telephone||+61 3 6324 3720|
|Fax||+61 3 6324 3970|
UTAS Web Access Research Portal (WARP) - lists Sonya's funded projects, graduate research supvervision and publication information.
Since qualifying as a social worker in 1992, I have worked in various fields of practice in the government and non-government sectors. I have been involved in social work education for many years in Tasmania, teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programs. My skills as a social work educator who engages students in deep, reflective learning experiences about contemporary theoretical and practice issues has been recognised through being awarded several teaching merit certificates and by being awarded the national award for ‘Best Academic Educator’ by the Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators in 2011
My doctoral and post-doctoral research program has focused upon examining the operations of risk and their interface with social justice issues in the organisation and provision of welfare services. I adopt a critical stance in this research to examine how rationalities and practices of risk impact upon the wellbeing and outcomes of people who use and deliver welfare services. I have considered how risk operates in the contexts of generic social work practice, police work with 'vulnerable' populations, mental health services, and the provision of government funded income support.
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences
15 October, 2012