Dr Kate Warren is the Field Education Officer for the North-West region. Her role involves working with agencies state-wide to provide professional experience placements for social work students. Kate provides support and liaison to students, organisations, and supervisors
Since graduating through UTAS in 2007, Kate has worked predominately in the youth sector and in school social work. While in the youth sector, she worked with young people to promote and encourage their positive contributions to the community.
This role involved working directly with young people, providing practical and emotional support, planning and facilitating group work and coordinating youth events.
Her position as a school social worker has allowed her to work with young people and their families in relation to wellbeing, safety, and mental health. In this role, Kate has provided support, counselling, advocacy, groupwork and assisted with strategies and solutions to meet individual needs.
- PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2019, Young People Engaging with Risk through Everyday Practices on Facebook
- BSW (1st Class Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 2007, Making the Connection: Young People and Online Communication
Kate has been employed in various roles in the University of Tasmania’s social work program including tutoring, unit coordination, and field education.
Kate is interested in promoting and privileging the youth voice and learning from young people about the topics that impact their lives. She takes a youth centred approach to explore their everyday social media practices and draws on sociocultural theories of risk. Her research has used online ethnography involving participant-observation based in online fieldwork.
Fields of Research
- Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, histories, culture, country, perspectives and ethics in education (450213)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education (210299)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture (210499)
Grants & Funding
Number of grants
- The ya pulingina social work learning and teaching project aims to graduate social work students highly proficient when collaborating with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and Aboriginal people more broadly across Australia. Building upon the Indigenising curricula work the Social Work Discipline, in conjunction with the School of Social Sciences, and CALE have been undertaking, the project will begin by creating a series of place-based encounters on each campus embedded in the local Indigenous worldview of welcoming people. This will be led in partnerships with Tasmanian Aboriginal Elders and community members. During these place-based welcomes, social work students, staff, and community members will generate stories and artefacts that document their welcome experience. These in turn become elements of an interactive lutruwita (Tasmania) map, that is both a record of experience, and a learning and teaching tool that can be added to each year as students progress their studies.
- University of Tasmania ($25,000)
- Grant-Indigenous Student Success Program
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Prehn J; Baltra-Ulloa AJ; Vreugdenhil AJ; Canty JB; Roberts JK; Williamson M; Warren K; Hay JK; Wilkinson BM