Dr Alison Wannan

Dr Alison Wannan


BSW (Hons) MSW Grad Dip Fin Mgt PhD

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

Alison is a lecturer in social research and policy and social work.  

Prior to joining UNSW as part time lecturer in 2019, Alison had over 3 decades experience working in human services. This ranged from working on community led projects in disadvantaged areas, to managing child protection, disability services and funding NGOs in Sydney to being a senior policy and program manager in community services and social housing.

Since 2014 Alison has been a Community Member of the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal      

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  • Book Chapters | 2016
    Wannan A, 2016, 'Rethinking case management and community development', in Moore E (ed.), Case Management Inclusive Community Practice, Oxford University Press, USA, pp. 210 - 230
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Meekosha H; Wannan A; Shuttleworth R, 2015, 'The Politics of Diversity in Australia:extending the role of community practice', in Meade, R; Shaw, M; Banks S (ed.), Politics, Power and Community Development, Policy, Bristol, pp. 139 - 157, http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?k=9781447317364

2008-2012 Australian Post Graduate Award (Industry), UNSW 

Alison is interested in the how community led programs can influence changes in social policy and promote social justice. Her PhD research explored how participatory approaches of working with local people and service providers contributed to improvements in the everyday life and opportunities of people living in public housing neighbourhoods. This longitudinal community based research focused on three community projects for older people, people with mental health issues and Aboriginal people.  Her current research explores the tensions and complexities of local collaboration between human service agencies, with particular focus on the discretion of practitioners to promote socially just practice.    

My Teaching


SRAP 1000   Policy and Society

SRAP 5103   Research Project

SOCW3010  Organisational Practice