BSW (Hons) MSW Grad Dip Fin Mgt PhD
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
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.
SRAP 1000 Policy and Society
SRAP 5103 Research Project
SOCW3010 Organisational Practice