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Friday Seminar Series: Leaning into the discomfort: Exploring the ethics of consultancy work


Friday Seminar Series

Start Date

16 Oct 2015 1:00 pm

End Date

16 Oct 2015 2:00 pm


Room 346, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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A School of Social Sciences and Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar

Presented by Dr Anne Coleman

About the presentation
Consultancies are an element of the work we do as academics. Because they present an opportunity to have an impact on policy and service delivery, consultancy work has a particular resonance for those of us who aim to facilitate change. More mundanely, the funding brought in by consultancies contributes to meeting the benchmarks against which performance is measured. The nature of the consultancy relationship, however, and the context in which the consultancy takes place, raise particular considerations for researchers. In this presentation, I want to explore, as a social researcher, some early ideas about consultancies, the opportunities they present; the challenges they raise; and the ethical problems inherent in consultancy work. Using two case studies, I draw out the elements that contribute to successful consultancies where both the practical considerations and the ethical challenges are managed, as well reflecting on how context influences the course (and thus potentially the outcomes) of consultancy projects.

About the presenter
Anne Coleman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences. She brings to this position 20 years of experience as a social worker that includes direct work with people experiencing homelessness; research into housing, homelessness and public space issues; policy work; consultancy work and teaching.

Her primary research interests and expertise are in the areas of homelessness, housing, and social inclusion/exclusion and in qualitative research methods which add to our understanding of homelessness; collaborative projects which enhance the capacity of service providers to deliver better services which are meaningful to service users; and in research which highlights the lived experience of people identified as 'homeless'.

Event details
When | Friday 16 October 2015, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Where | Room 346 Humanities Building

All welcome. Contact us on 6226 2350 if you need further information or directions to the venue.


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