Justin Canty

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Justin Canty

Lecturer, Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Coordinator
School of Social Sciences

Room L-238 , Arts Building

+61 3 6324 3367 (phone)

Dr Justin Canty is a Lecturer in Social Work with the School of Social Sciences in the College of Arts, Law, and Education. He is interested in the study of social interaction and practice ethnographies of social work.


Justin was born and grew up in Adelaide on the lands of the Kaurna people. Prior to joining the University of Tasmania in 2019, Justin has lectured in social work in Sydney (Western Sydney University) and in New Zealand (Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Massey University). He has also taught into undergraduate medical education at University of Otago, Wellington on skills for managing sensitive topics in primary care consultations, and on children and social interaction for a discursive psychology unit at Victoria University of Wellington.

Justin completed his PhD through University of Otago Wellington, graduating in 2016. His PhD research engaged with 11-13 year-old young people in classroom settings, investigating how they made sense of their experiences of using social media in talk. He used constructivist grounded theory and membership categorisation analysis to analyse how participants developed definitions of bullying in peer interactions within their accounts of using social media.

The motivation for his PhD project grew out of his professional experience working in child adolescent mental health. His professional background also includes adult inpatient mental health, health promotion in a rural setting, and working in the volunteer sector. He is passionate about social work education for developing his future professional colleagues as articulate, critical, and reflective social workers.

The research methodologies he uses are broadly ethnographic and inductive, including constructivist grounded theory, ethnomethodology, membership categorisation analysis, and conversation analysis. His current research interests include practice ethnographies, social worker-client interactions, and the experiences of people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).


Professional practice

  • Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Australasian Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
  • International Society for Conversation Analysis
  • Australian Professionals Association for Transgender Health
  • Australian & New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research


Teaching responsibility

HGW327 Communication and assessment skills in Social Work

HGW527 Communication and assessment skills in Social Work

HGW431 Trauma and Justice

HGW631 Trauma and Justice

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  • Social work practice as social interaction
  • Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis, and Membership Categorisation Analysis
  • Social work with LGBTIQ+ people
  • Health social work
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Participatory and collaborative research methods

Fields of Research

  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Counselling, Welfare and Community Services (160702)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Social Theory (160806)
  • Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) (180120)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)

Research Objectives

  • Children's/Youth Services and Childcare (940105)
  • Legal Processes (940406)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Health Protection and/or Disaster Response (920407)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2019Jenkins G, Canty J, Ernst S, Collings S, 'Investigating suspected suicides: New Zealand coroners' experiences', Death Studies pp. 1-9. ISSN 0748-1187 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1699205 [eCite] [Details]


2019Rushton A, Gray L, Canty J, Blanchard K, 'Beyond binary: (re)defining 'gender' for 21st century disaster risk reduction research, policy, and practice', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (20) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1661-7827 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16203984 [eCite] [Details]


2016Canty J, Stubbe M, Steers D, Collings S, 'The trouble with bullying: deconstructing the conventional definition of bullying for a child-centred investigation into children's use of social media', Children & Society, 30 pp. 48-58. ISSN 0951-0605 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/chso.12103 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2017Canty J, ''You Can Get Cyberbullied by Your Friends': Claiming Authority to Categorise a Past Event as Bullying', Children's Knowledge-in-Interaction: Studies in Conversation Analysis, Springer Nature, A Bateman and A Church (ed), Singapore, pp. 333-350. ISBN 9789811017018 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-1703-2_18 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
2018Canty J, 'Sense and ethnomethodological sensibility - an experiment in multiple qualitative methods', 11th Australasian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Conference, 27-29 November, University of Macau (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2017Canty JB, 'Action is necessary but not sufficient: the significance of relational context for children in defining bullying', World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017, 7-9 May, Stockholm, Sweden (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Canty JB, Gray L, 'The Last Taboo? Teaching skills for clinical consultations with sex/gender diverse people in medical education', 4th ANZPATH Biennial Conference Australian and New Zealand Transgender Health Finding a New Narrative, 30 September - 1 October, The Pullman (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2015Canty J, 'Children, social media and the trouble with defining bullying: pre-conference workshop', 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, 8 July, Wellington, New Zealand (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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2015Canty J, Stubbe M, Steers D, Collings S, ''This person only shares certain information with everyone': Dealing with challenges of access in designing research for investigating online bullying in children's accounts of using social media', IIEMCA Conference 2015 - Living the material world, 4-7 August, University of Southern Denmark (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2014Canty J, ''If they're your friend then it's not bullying': investigating the usefulness of membership categorisation analysis for analysing children's accounts of online bullying', The 9th Australasian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Conference, 20-21 November, The University of Waikato (2014) [Conference Extract]

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