Kate Vincent

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Kate Vincent

Lecturer, Social Work
School of Social Sciences

Room L241 , L - Faculty of Arts

+ 61 3 6226 5766 (phone)


Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours from the University of Tasmania in 2011. Since that time, she has worked as a social worker in a variety of roles. This includes with vulnerable youth and people of refugee background, alongside schools and as the Team Leader of an intensive family support service. In August 2020, she was awarded her PhD, which explored how Whiteness operates within the social work profession, with a focus on practice with people of refugee background.


Teaching expertise

Kate has experience teaching in areas such as social work research, culture and diversity, Whiteness, power and privilege, how we can adopt a decolonising lens to practice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

In 2019 Kate awarded a Teaching Merit Certificate (Team Award) through the University of Tasmania.

Previous units that Kate has taught include:

  • HGW309/515 Research and Policy for Change;
  • HGW412/614 Intercultural Social Work Practice;
  • CNA157 Responding to Diversity: Global Perspectives;
  • CNA156 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing;
  • HGW101 Introduction to Social Work; and
  • HGW423/609 Social Work Research Practice.

Teaching responsibility

HGW101  Introduction to Social Work and Human Service Practice

HGW302 Social Work Theories, Values and Frameworks for 21st Century Practice

HGW423 Social Work Research Practice

HGW512 Social Work Theories, Values and Frameworks for 21st Century Practice

HGW608 Social Work Research Practice

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  • Creative and innovative research methodologies
  • Critical Social Work
  • Critical Whiteness Theory
  • Decolonisation
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Mentoring and leadership skill development
  • Pedagogy
  • Refugee resettlement

Research Themes

Kate’s research aligns with the University’s research theme Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research interests broadly include critical social work, diversity and inclusion, interrogating Whiteness, power and privilege, adopting a decolonising lens in relation to research, practice and education and successful refugee resettlement.


The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Postgraduate Conference Scholarship (2017)

First Class Honours, University of Tasmania (2011)

Fields of Research

  • Social work (440999)
  • Sociological methodology and research methods (441006)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies (470212)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Housing policy (440707)
  • Social geography (440610)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Expanding knowledge in education (280109)
  • Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Homelessness and housing services (230109)
  • Multicultural services (230111)
  • Determinants of health (200201)


Total publications


Journal Article

(4 outputs)
2022Vincent K, 'The problem of professionalism: how White social workers enact Whiteness in their work with people of refugee background', Qualitative Social Work pp. 1-16. ISSN 1473-3250 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/14733250211067719 [eCite] [Details]


2020McLeod K, Moore R, Robinson D, Ozkul D, Ciftci S, et al., 'Using the pluriverse concept to critique Eurocentrism in education', Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 3, (Special Issue No. 1) pp. 30-39. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.4 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McLeod K; Moore R; Robinson D


2020McLeod K, Thakchoe S, Hunter MA, Vincent K, Baltra-Ulloa AJ, et al., 'Principles for a pedagogy of unlearning', Reflective Practice, 21, (2) pp. 183-197. ISSN 1462-3943 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2020.1730782 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: McLeod K; Thakchoe S; Hunter MA; Baltra-Ulloa AJ; MacDonald A


2020Vincent K, Baltra-Ulloa AJ, Williams G, 'Re-imagining the resettlement of refugees by engaging with an ethic of thriving', British Journal of Social Work, 51, (1) pp. 21-37. ISSN 0045-3102 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcaa135 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Baltra-Ulloa AJ; Williams G


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2019Baltra-Ulloa AJ, Vincent K, Holla C, 'A Relational Pedagogy: A YoungMILE in our Decolonising Social Work Practice Journey', Critical Multicultural Practice in Social Work: New Perspectives and Practices, Allen & Unwin, S Nipperess, C Williams (ed), Australia ISBN 9781760297831 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Baltra-Ulloa AJ; Holla C


Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
2019McLeod K, Ozkul D, Moore R, Vincent K, Ciftci S, et al., 'Using the pluriverse concept to critique eurocentrism in education', Teaching Matters, 26 November, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: McLeod K; Ozkul D; Moore R; Ciftci S; Robinson D


2019Moore R, McLeod K, Ozkul D, Vincent K, Ciftci S, et al., 'Using collaborative peer engagement to bring a decolonising lens to teaching practice', TASA 2019, 25-28 November 2019, Western Sydney University (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Moore R; McLeod K; Ozkul D; Ciftci S; Belle MJ

2018McLeod K, Moore R, Ciftci S, Vincent K, Belle M, et al., 'Using collaborative peer engagement to bring a decolonising lens to teaching practice', Teaching Matters, 21 November 2018, Launceston, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: McLeod K; Moore R; Ciftci S; Belle M; Ozkul D


2017McLeod K, Belle MJ, Ciftci S, Moore R, Ozkul D, et al., 'Disrupting whiteness in the classroom: Early stages of a collaborative investigation', Southern Knowledges Symposium, 2-3 November 2017, University of Tasmania (2017) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: McLeod K; Belle MJ; Ciftci S; Moore R; Ozkul D

2017Vincent KD, 'Adopting a decolonising lens: towards an epistemological transformation of social work knowledge', Conference Proceedings of the TASA 2017 Conference, 27-30 November 2017, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 51-56. ISBN 978-0-6482210-0-5 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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