Personal details

Name
Professor Christine Morley
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 4767
Fax
+61 7 3138 5880
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (La Trobe University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member of Australian Association of Social Workers

Editorial board member of Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education journal

Member of The National Tertiary Education Union

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Christine Morley is Professor of Social Work, School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology.  She is also discipline head of Social Work and Human Services.
Professor Morley’s work unites social work and critical theory to produce a vibrant, energetic engagement with social policy development and implementation. She is committed to social work practice, education, and research as a means for furthering a social justice agenda.

Formerly foundation Head of Social Work at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Professor Morley is internationally recognised as a leader in the development of critical approaches to social work, and in advancing critical reflection as both a pedagogical tool and methodological approach. Her research has involved strategies for improving critical practice across a range of fields including mental health, wealth inequality; women who have experienced trauma, particularly sexual assault/domestic violence; grief and loss (including those who have lost companion animals/ cross species care).

More recently, Professor Morley’s work has focused the on impact of neoliberalism on social work and higher education with a particular interest in how critical pedagogy might equip practitioners to work in professional contexts characterised by rapid change, complexity and uncertainty.

Professor Morley has published more than 40 papers in national and international refereed journals, conference proceedings and in edited books as invited chapters. She is author of Practising Critical Reflection to Develop Emancipatory Change (Ashgate, 2014) , and co-author (with Selma Macfarlane and Phillip Ablett) of Engaging with Social Work: A Critical Introduction(Cambridge, 2014).
Previous experience

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work (School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Business)

University of the Sunshine Coast
(January 2016 – June 2016)

  • Foundation Associate Professor and Head of Social Work (School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Business)

University of the Sunshine Coast
(January 2012 – June 2016)

  •  Senior Lecturer in Social Work (School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts)

University of the Sunshine Coast
January 2008 – December 2011

  •  Lecturer in Social Work (School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences)

Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus
January 2004 – December 2007

  •  Associate Lecturer in Social Work,

Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus (School of Social and International Studies, Faculty of Arts)
January 2000- December 2004

  •  Founder of Service/ Social Worker

Geelong Pet Loss Grief Service, South Barwon Community Centre
December 2004 – January 2008

  •  After Hours Counsellor/Advocate

Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault
October 1997 – February 2006

  •  Counsellor/Advocate

Sexual Assault Youth Outreach Service
January 2000 – January, 2001.

  • Counsellor/Advocate

Geelong Rape Crisis Centre (now Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault)
October, 1997 – January 2000

  •  Mental Health Portfolio Manager

Geelong Rape Crisis Centre (now Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault)
August 1999 — January 2001

This information has been contributed by Professor Christine Morley.

Experience

Awards
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (now Office of Learning and Teaching) Citation: Outstanding contribution to student learning ‘For inspiring social work students to engage in critical reflection as an integral part of transformative learning and effective action for social justice’, 2011
Vice Chancellor’s Medal: Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2011
Vice Chancellor’s Medal: Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, 2003
Conference Presentations and Invited Addresses  
Morley, C., Macfarlane, S & Ablett, P., (2017) ‘Resisting the neoliberal assault on social work education’ European Association of Schools of Social Work – Unaforis conference 2017, Social Work Education in Europe:Challenging Boundaries, Promoting a Sustainable Future, Descartes University, Paris, June 27, 2017.
Morley, C., Ablett, P., (2017) ‘Combatting Rising Wealth Education through Critical Pedagogy in Social Work’ European Association of Schools of Social Work – Unaforis conference 2017, Social Work Education in Europe:Challenging Boundaries, Promoting a Sustainable Future, Descartes University, Paris, June 28, 2017.
Morley, C (2017) ‘The ‘critical’ is critical reflection,’ Invited address, Poverty-Aware Pedagogy Paradigm forum. Independent Social Research Foundation, Leeds Trinity University, UK.  June 20, 2017.
Morley, C (2017) ‘The role of critical reflection in social change’ Invited 2 day workshop, Global Partnerships for Transformative Social Work forum, Salisbury, UK. June 16 & 17, 2017.
Waugh, F. Fook, J., Morley, C. Bowles. W., (2016) ‘Reflective capacities as key to the employability of social workers’ Joint International Association of Social Work and International Federation of Scical Work World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. Seoul, June 27-30, 2016.
Morley, C. (2016) ‘Using Critical Reflection to Promote Emancipatory Possibilities in Social Work,’ Fulda University, Germany, 14 April 2016.
Morley, C, (2016) ‘Critical Reflection as Emancipatory Education?’ Invited by The International Centre for Higher Educational Research (ICHEER), Leeds Trinity University, England, 19 April 2016.
Morley, C. ‘Challenges and opportunities for critical social work education in times of crisis,’ European Association of Schools of Social Work, Social Work Education in Europe: Towards 2025, Milan, Italy, Bicocca University, 29 June – 2 July, 2015.
Morley, C, ‘Challenging Social Work’s Self Imposed Borders?’ Social Work without Borders symposium, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney, 24 April, 2015.
Morley, C, ‘Putting Gender back on the Agenda in Domestic and Family Violence Policy and Service Responses,’ Symposium on Domestic and Family Violence, University of the Sunshine Coast, December 9 2015.
Morley, C., ‘Using Critical Reflection to Research Emancipatory Change’ presented at ANZSWWER symposium, Riding through a time of welfare cutbacks, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus, NSW, 25-26 September, 2014
Morley, C, Macfarlane, S., & Ablett, P., Challenges and Opportunities for Critical Social Work,’ presented at ANZSWWER symposium Riding through a time of welfare cutbacks, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus, NSW, 25-26 September, 2014.
Morley, C., & Dunstan, J., ‘Critical Reflection: A Response to Neoliberalist challenges to Field Education?’ presented at Advance Australia Fair? The role of Social Work in achieving social justice and human rights, AASW North Queensland & Queensland Biennial Conference, Townsville, 3-6 November, 2011.
Morley, C., & Macfarlane, S., ‘Reclaiming the Moral High Ground: Using Critical Reflection in Social Work Education to Enable Transformative, Ethical  Practice,’ presented at Advance Australia Fair? The role of Social Work in achieving social justice and human rights, AASW North Queensland & Queensland Biennial Conference, Townsville, 3 – 6 November, 2011.
Morley, C., & Ahfock, A., ‘Using critical reflection in supervision to give kids a voice’, Giving Kids a Voice: Second Annual Child Protection Practices Conference, University of the Sunshine Coast, 21 September, 2009.
Morley, C., 2009 ‘Critical Reflection and Social Change, public lecture for Agents of Change Forum, University of the Sunshine Coast, May 7, 2009.
Morley, C., & Macfarlane, S., ‘Repositioning Social Work in Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Critical Practice’ AASW Strength in Unity Conference, Luna Park, Sydney, November 9-12, 2008.
Morley, C., ‘Critical Reflection, Social Work and Globalisation,’ Global Partnerships of Transformative Social Work, Sebilius College, Jarvenpaa, Finland, June 5-8, 2007.
Morley, C., ‘Developing Critical Reflection as a Research Methodology’ Southampton University, UK, June 14, 2008.
Morley. C., ‘Using Critical Reflection as a Method of Inquiry,’ University of Bath, UK June 15, 2007.
Morley, C., ‘Sexual Assault Mythology and Legal Injustice: The Impact of Myths on the Legal System: The Consequences for Victim/Survivors’, Keynote address at Sexual Assault: Awareness, Treatment and Prevention in a Rural Context, South Western Centre Against sexual Assault, Warrnambool, October 27, 2006.
Morley, C., ‘Teaching Anti-Oppressive Practice and Critical Reflection in Social Work’ Connecting Up: Enhancing Student’s Learning Experiences in Higher Education Conference, Deakin University Waterfront, October 30-31, 2006.
Morley, C., ‘Using Critical Reflection to Improve Professional Practice’ Perspectives on Poverty, Power and Social Change Conference, Deakin University Waterfront, November 23, 2006.
Morley, C., ‘Anti-feminist approaches to Australian Social Policy: The Impact on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services, ‘Womenspeak Conference No.2. West Geelong Town Hall, October 5, 2006.
Morley, C., & Macfarlane, S., ‘Critical Reflection: What does this mean for field education and practice?’ Current Social Work Theory for Practice Teachers Conference,’ Deakin University Waterfront, June 2, 2006.
Morley C., “Critical Reflection with School Nurses: Issues and Dilemmas” Critical Reflection and Social Work: Comparative and International Developments conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide. October 2, 2004.
Morley, C., “Teaching Critical Social Work Practice: Resisting Structural Domination,” Global Social Work Congress, Reclaiming Civil Society, Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, October 3-5, 2004.
Morley, C., “Critical Reflection as a Response to Globalisation?” Citizenship and Social Work Education in a Globalising World, International Association of Schools of Social Work bi-annual conference, Montpellier, France, July 2002.
Morley, C., “The Nexus between Postmodernism and Feminism: Implications for Social Work”, Working Across Borders, Australian Association of Social Work (WA)/Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education conference. Perth, September/ October 2002.
Morley, C., “Collaborative Social work Practice in Opposing Paradigms: A Sexual Assault and Mental Health Project,” Think Act Local Global, 27th Australian Association of Social Work National conference, Melbourne, September 2001.
Morley, C., (Keynote Address) “Raising consciousness about sexual assault in the mental health system” Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault Annual General Meeting, Geelong, December, 2001.
Committee Memberships
The Australian Council of the Heads of Schools of Social Work, (2010- current).
The Australian Association of Social Workers (2009- current).
The Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work network, (2003-current)
The National Tertiary Education Union – (2000 – current)
The Coastal Social Workers Network   (2008- current)
 Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Association (2010- current)
Member of Social Alternatives Editorial Board
Member of Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education Editorial Board
Member of the Australian Association of Social Work
Member of Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research
Member of the Australian Council of the Heads of Schools of Social Work
Member of the Poverty-Aware Pedagogy Paradigm
Member of Global Partnerships for Transformative Social Work
Member of the National Tertiary Education Union
Review experience

I regularly review articles for:

British Journal of Social Work
Australian Social Work
Social Alternatives
Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal
Critical and Radical Social Work
Qualitative Social Work

This information has been contributed by Professor Christine Morley.

Publications


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