Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor, Social Work and Policy Studies

Email:

Phone: +61 2 9036 9316

Fax: +61 2 9351 3783

Building.Room: A35.743

Research interests

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change

Social work and social policy

  • Disability and mental health
  • Knowledge building in social work practice and education


Keywords

postmodern feminisms, mental health, disability, participatory action research



Professional biography

Barbara spent 13 years in professional practice operating as a senior practitioner, manager, research consultant and senior manager before turning to academia.

Before joining the University of Sydney, she was Head of the large interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Bradford, UK. She is currently Honorary Research Professor at the University of Bradford, a member of the Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work, Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Network and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. In addition, she is a member of the AASW Executive Research Committee and sits on the International Boards of the British Journal of Social Work, Critical Social Policy and Child Care in Practice.



Professional and community roles

  • Member of international editorial board, Critical Social Policy

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy (UK)

  • Member of international editorial board, Child Care in Practice

  • Honorary Research Professor The University of Bradford, UK

  • Co-Director Social Policy Research Network

  • International Member Hong Kong Social Work Registration Board

  • International Editorial Board The British Journal of Social Work



Current projects

  • ‘Day Care, Older people and Carers: An Exploratory Study of the relationship Between Day Centre Attendance, Increased Resilience and Improved Health and Psycho-social Outcomes’ with Hope Health Care, Catholic Community Care, Uniting Care and the Royal North Shore Hospital Department of Aged Care and Rehabilitative Medicine ($54,000) E
  • EU – AUS ICI Education Cooperation Program, Sixth Round. Research Component: Professional governance, social problems as contextually influenced, positioned learners challenged by difference, Three Years Total Grant $500,000.00
  • Fawcett, B. and Giles, R. Research with Catholic Care into Parentline, a telephone cpunselling service for parents. $35,000.
  • Fawcett, B. Research with Uniting Care Ageing 'Options for Implementing a Wellness Approach to Community and Residential Care' $4000.


Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Narratives of how a mother acquires a diagnosis of mental illness. DSW Kristen Burriel
Dementia and Guardianship: challenges in alternative decision making and social work practice in a health care setting. (Co-supervisor) PhD Margaret Mills
The provision of a holistic therapeutic social work approach focused on case management as well as counselling in working with long-term MS patients in a hospital setting as one of the primary factors in reducing patients' hospital admissions in the long term. DSW Prithi Pather
The factors that impact upon adult resilience following experience of trauma. PhD Susannah Tobin
1.What are the dominant themes and constructions of torture in Australia post 9/11? 2.And, given these themes and the broadening definitions that include NSAT, what are the implications for contemporary social work? In particular, what is the role of social work in addressing torture? DSW Aloysia Brooks


Selected publications

Books

  • Fawcett, B and Pockett, R. (in press). Turning Ideas into Research: Theory, Design and Practice. London, Melbourne and New York: Sage.
  • Fawcett, B, Nicholson, S, Weber, Z. (2012). International Perspectives on Mental Health: Critical Issues Across the Lifespan. Basingstoke/Melbourne: Palgrave.
  • Fawcett, B, Waugh, F (eds.). (2008). Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges. New York London: Routledge.
  • Fawcett, B, Karban, K. (2005). Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice in Mental Health. London: Routledge.
  • Fawcett, B, Featherstone, B, Goddard, J. (2004). Contemporary Child Care Policy and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Book chapters

  • Fawcett, B. (in press). Social Work in Australia: Similarities as Differences. In , G. Palattiyil, D. Sidhva and M. Chakrabati 'Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges' London and New York: Sage.
  • Fawcett, B. (2012). 'Postmodernism' in S.Webb anad M. Gray (ed) Social Work Theories and Methods, Second Edition, London/Thousand Oaks, Sage. In , S.Webb and M.Gray (ed) Social Work Theories and Methods, Second Edition, London/Thousand Oaks, Sage (2nd ed.,), London/Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Fawcett, B. . (2011). Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (9000 word chapter). In M.Gray and S.Webb (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Social Work, London and Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Fawcett, B., Goodwin, S. and Phillips, R. . (2011). Challenges and Futures for Social Work and Social Policy Research Methods, . In L. Markauskaite, P.Freebody and J. Irwin (Eds.), Bridging Scholarship, Policy and Practice: Methodological Choices and Research Designs for Educational and Social Change, Oxford, Oxford University Press. Springer.
  • Fawcett, B. . (2009). Long Term Illness and Disability: Conflicts and Challenges . In P.Bywaters, E.McCleod and L.Napier (Eds.), Social Work and Global Health Inequalities: Practice and Policy Developments (pp. 119–131), Bristol: Policy Press.: 119 – 131, ISBN 9781847421951.
  • Fawcett, B. (2009). Postmodernism. In S. Webb and M. Gray (Eds.), Social Work Theories and Methods, ISBN 978 – 1 – 4129 – 4740 – 4 and ISBN 978 – 1 – 4129 – 4741 – 1pbk. (pp. 119–128), London/Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Fawcett, B. (2008). Poststructuralism. In L.M.Given (Ed.), Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (Vol. 2, pp. 666–670), not known: Not Known.
  • Fawcett, B. (2008). Disability and violence. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges (pp. 155–162), New York London: Routledge.
  • Fawcett, B. (2008). Structuralism. In L.M.Given (Ed.), Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (Vol. 2, pp. 834–835), not known: Not Known.
  • Fawcett, B. (2008). Women and Violence. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges (pp. 7–16), New York London: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Fawcett, B. (in press). 'Well-Being' and Older People: The Place of 'Day Clubs'; in Reconceptualising Participation and Challenging Deficit. .
  • Fawcett, B. and Plath, D. (in press). A National Disability Insurance Scheme: What Social Work Has to Offer. The British Journal of Social Work.
  • Fawcett, B. and Reynolds, J. (2010). Mental Health and Older Women: The Challenges for Social Perspectives and Asset Orientated Community Capacity Building. British Journal of Social Work,, No 40(5), 1470–1478. DOI:10.1093/bjsw/bcp042.
  • Fawcett, B. . (2009). Vulnerability: Questioning the Certainties in Social Work and Health. International Journal of Social Work.. DOI:10.1177/0020872809104251.
  • Connell, R. Fawcett, B. and Meagher, G. (2009). Editors for Special Edition of the Journal of Sociology ‘Neoliberalism, New Public Management and the Human Service Professions’. Journal of Sociology, 45(4).
  • Fawcett, B. and Hanlon, M. (2009). Child sexual abuse and indigenous communities in Australia: a case study of non-inclusive government intervention. European Journal of Social Work, 12(1), 87–100. DOI:10.1080/13691450802221048
  • Fawcett, B. and Hanlon, M . (2009). The Return to Community Collaboration: Spatial Analysis and Social Entrepreneurship,. Journal of Sociology, 45(4), 433–444.
  • Fawcett, B. (2007). Domestic Violence: A Global Perspective . The Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, 41(1/2), 25–37.
  • Fawcett, B. (2007). Consistencies and inconsistencies: Mental health, compulsory treatment and community capacity building in England, Wales and Australia. British Journal of Social Work, 37, 1027–1042. DOI:doi 10.1093/bjsw/bcl090
  • Fawcett, B, South, J. (2005). Community involvement and Primary Care Trusts: The case for social entrepreneurship. Critical Public Health, 15(2), 191–204.

Conference papers

  • Fawcett, B. (2011). Reconsideration and Reconfiguration of 'Day Clubs' for Older People: Issues of Ownership, Autonomy and Enablement. In Social Policy Association Conference, Bigger Societies, Smaller Governments, 4 - 6th July 2011, University of Lincoln, UK. Lincoln, UK, 4 - 6 July 2011.
  • Fawcett, B. (2009) . (2009). Keynote Discursant and ‘Disability’ Workshop Co-ordinator,. In AASWWE Two Day ‘Critical Reflection’ Forum, 1st and 2nd October 2009, Caulfield Campus, Monash University, Melbourne. Monash University, Melbourne, 1/2nd October 2009.
  • Fawcett, B. (2009) . (2009). The Importance of Collaborative Research,. In Joint Mental Health Co-ordinating Council and Drugs and Alcohol Conference, 6th May 2009, Darling Harbour, Sydney.. Darling Harbour, Sydney, 6th May 2009.
  • Fawcett, B. (2009) . (2009). The Return to Community Collaboration: Spatial Analysis and Social Entrepreneurship,. In Keynote Speech, Swedish Sociological Association Congress, 5th and 6th March. Uppsala, University, Sweden.. University of Uppsala, Sweden, 5/6th March 2009.
  • Fawcett, B. (2009) . (2009). Ensuring That Your Research Makes a Difference,. In Joint Mental Health Co-ordinating Council and Drugs and Alcohol Workshop, 6th August 2009, Redfern, Sydney. Redfern, Sydney, 6th August 2009.
  • Fawcett, B. (2009) , . (2009). ‘Community Collaboration: Taking Advantage of Critical Policy Spaces’. In Asian Pacific Social Work Conference, 11th – 13th November 2009, Auckland, New Zealand.. Auckland, New Zealand, 11th - 13th November 2009.
  • Fawcett, B. (2008) . (2008). ‘Radical Interventions: reaction of innovation’,. In AASW Strength in Unity Conference, Luna Park, November 2008.. Luna Park, Sydney, November 2008.
  • Fawcett, B. (2008) S . (2008). ‘Progressive retrenchment: a case study of Australian social policy and Indigenous communities’. In ocial Policy Association Conference, UK, 23 – 25 June 2008, Edinburgh. . Edinburgh, 23 - 25th June 2008.
  • Fawcett, B. (2008) . (2008). The challenge of the Return to Community to Human Service Professionals,. In Academy of the Social Sciences Workshop, November 2/3 2008 University of Sydney.. University of Sydney Women's College, 2/3 October 2008.
  • Fawcett, B. (2007). Child Sexual Abuse and Indigenous Communities in Australia: Separating fact from fiction and the impact of ‘shock and awe’ tactics on brutalized and disadvantaged communities’. In Child Sexual Abuse and Indigenous Communities in Australia: Separating fact from fiction and the impact of ‘shock and awe’ tactics on brutalized and disadvantaged communities’. university of york, 19th september.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006). Understanding Evaluative Research. In 3rd Annual Conference of Social Workers Working in the Field of Disability. Macquarie Bank, Bond Street, Sydney, 7 September 2005.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006). Domestic Violence: A Global Perspective. In Symposium on Domestic Violence-Welfare of Children and Families. Hong Kong, 13 October 2006.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006). Mental Health, Citizenship and the Social Justice Agenda: The Issue of Compulsory Treatment. In 18th Asia Pacific Social Work Conference: Challenges and Responses of Social Work: Towards New Asia Pacific Paradigms. Seoul, Korea, 21 – 24 September 2005..
  • Fawcett, B. (2006) . (2006). ‘Practitioner Research and Evaluation’ . In Keynote address at Royal North Shore Hospital Social Work Research into Practice Symposium, North Ryde Hospital, Sydney, 11.11.2006.. Royal North Shore Hospital, 11.11.2006.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006). Mental Health: A Comparison of Policy between Australia and the UK. In Charles Sturt University/University of Sydney Seminar. University of Sydney, 21st October 2005.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006) . (2006). Domestic Violence: A Global Perspective. In Key note paper Symposium on Domestic Violence-Welfare of Children and Families, Hong Kong Baptist University, 50th Anniversary of Hong Kong Baptist University, 13th October 2006.. Hong Kong Baptist University, 13th October 2006.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006). Practitioner Research and Evaluation. In Royal North Shore Hospital Social Work Research into Practice Symposium. North Ryde Hospital, Sydney, 11 November 2006.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006). Abuse and Disabled Women: The Contribution of Feminist Analyses. In 5th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. Hong Kong, 10 – 14 December 2006.
  • Fawcett, B. (2006). Mental Health and Older Women: The Challenges for Social Perspectives and Asset Orientated Community Capacity Building. In 33rd International Congress of Schools of Social Work. Santiago, Chile, Aug 28th – 1st September 2006..

Other

  • Fawcett, B. and Ayres, A. (2011). Options for Implementing a Wellness Approach to Community and residential Care, .
  • Fawcett, B. (2011). Day Care, Older People and Carers: An Exploratory Study of the relationship Between Day Centre Attendance, Increased Resilience and Improved Health and Psycho-Social Outcomes , .