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Dr Judith Burton
Senior Lecturer
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 *
Social Work, Sociology
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Education (In-service) (Uni of South Australia)

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Child and Family services, Prevention and intervention in child abuse and neglect, Cross cultural child welfare, Evaluation

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


Dr Judith Burton is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic Programs at the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. Judith has about 20 years practice in learning and teaching in higher education. She is a member of the social work and human services discipline in the School with responsibility for units related to child and family services.

Judith is a social scientist who has built a research profile that emphasises qualitative, practice-related research. Her collaborative research endeavours are focused around topics related to children, families and evaluation of human services programs or practices. Most recently she was part of a team that interviewed young adults with a care experience and drew out implications for best practice in supporting young people with the transition to independent living.  She is also involved in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Judith is passionate about promoting children’s rights and has successfully attracted doctoral scholars because of that focus. This research focus is represented in numerous completed and ongoing doctoral projects. For example, Dr Hu’s work on the needs of children ‘left behind’ in informal kinship care due to economic migration in China and Dr Faiz Alsaedy’s study of parent-child communication in Saudi Arabia where globalisation and smart phones are increasing the pace of social change. 

Project highlights

  • Evaluation of an Early Intervention Project funded by a National Crime Prevention Grant
  • Evaluation of process for establishing a Youth Space
  • Exploration of the views of young people who had experienced homelessness on leaving care
This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Burton.


Teaching areas Judith teaches two units focused on services for children and families. She also provides guest lecturers in a number of units.

Postgraduate supervision: Judith is also on the supervision team of a number of postgraduate student projects including a qualitative study of family communication in Saudi Arabia, an examination of placement trajectories for children and young people in care, and legal decision making regarding children’s participation in family law matters.

This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Burton.


Real World engagement

  • Invited evalution of a children’s contact service
  • Previously a Management Committee Member of a women’s refuge
  • NTEU delegate

International engagement

  • Student supervision Dr HU Yang: Doctoral study of the needs of children left behind with kinship carers when parents migrate for work
  • Student supervision (ongoing) Faiz ALSAEDY: Doctoral study of how family communication in Saudi Arabia is affected by children’s access to media and technology.

Conference papers and reports

Burton, J., Duthie, D. & Lonne, B. (2013). The sociohistorical context of public service motivation and turnover intention: interpreting the motivational context through the lens of the social welfare professional. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management. Istanbul: EURAM.

Crane, P., Kaur, J. & Burton, J. (2013). Homelessness and leaving care: the experiences of young adults in Queensland and Victoria, and implications for practice. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra.

Burton, J. & van den Broek, D. (2006). Information management systems and human service work. In Proceedings Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.

Burton, J. (2005). Learning from practice dilemmas in the human services: the case of children’s contact centres. In Proceedings Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2005. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.

Burton, J. (2003). In the Child’s Best Interests: Strategies Workers Use to Make Supervised Contact with Non-Residential Parents a Positive Experience for Children. In Proceedings Social Change in the 21st Century, 2003. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.

Book chapters

Burton, J., & Lyons, M. (2000). When does a teacher teach? The early childhood profession on trial.  In J. Hayden (Ed.) Landscapes in early childhood education: Cross national perspectives on empowerment (pp.271-286). New York: Peter Lang.

Petrie, A., & Burton, J. (2000). Empowerment and entrapment: Women workers in home-based and centre-based settings.  In J. Hayden (Ed.) Landscapes in early childhood education: Cross national perspectives on empowerment (pp.206-218). New York: Peter Lang.

This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Burton.


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