Dr Maree   Higgins
Senior Lecturer

Dr Maree Higgins

Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work), ACU National

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons First Class), UNSW

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

Maree Higgins is Senior Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Sciences. She is an Associate of the Australian Institute of Human Rights and is affiliated with the Forced Migration Research Network, the Kaldor Centre and the Gendered Violence Research Network. She is a respected interdisciplinary researcher focussing on participatory methods and human rights informed research with refugee-background co-researchers, people of African descent, older people, people with disability, and people in forensic justice. Her scholarship centres on how co-research can safely and ethically illuminate lived experience, promote inclusion, and create meaningful social change. Drawing on her extensive social work practice experience, Maree’s aim is to tackle issues like racism, ablism, marginalisation and exclusion through her research.

+61 (2) 9065 6318
158 Morven Brown


  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Maree Higgins
    Higgins M, 2019, 'Social work with refugees and migrants', in Poon AWC; Ow R (ed.), Mental Health and Social Work, Springer, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0440-8_13-1
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Maree Higgins
    Wells R; Murad M; Higgins M; Smith L; Lenette C; Lappin J; Dew A; Boydell K; Bibby H; Cassaniti M; Isaacs D; Raman S; Zwi K, 2021, 'Exploring the intersection of human rights, health, disability and refugee status: An arts-based approach', Australian Journal of Human Rights, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2021.1882044
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Maree Higgins
    Dew A; Lenette C; Smith L; Boydell K; Bibby H; Lappin J; Coello M; Raman S; Velkou K; Wells R; Momartin S; Blunden H; Higgins M; Murad M; Barry J; Mohammad Y, 2020, '“To the Arabic community disability is not normal”: Understandings of disability among Iraqi and Syrian people from refugee backgrounds.', Journal of Refugee Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa111
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Maree Higgins
    Higgins MS, 2017, 'Reflections on methodology for a qualitative cross-cultural study of human rights', The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS), http://afsaap.org.au/assets/16-Maree-Higgins.pdf
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Maree Higgins
    Rollins W; Egan R; Zuchowski I; Duncan M; Chee P; Muncey P; Hill N; Higgins MS, 2017, 'Leading Through Collaboration: The National Field Education Network', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=054158805483050;res=IELHSS



Baldry, E., Evans, P., Newton, BJ, Higgins, M., Trotter, C., & Sheehan, R., Missing girls: from childhood runaway to criminalised woman (2019) Total Grant Awarded: $5,000

Lenette, C., Banks, S., Milne, EJ, Nunn, C., Higgins, M., Atem, A., & Nguyen, D., (2019) Ethics and community-based participatory research in refugee studies: Co-designing a framework with refugee-background co-researchers (2019) Total Grant Awarded: $5,000

Sole: WIL Futures. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW (2019) Total Grant Awarded: $10,000

Ravulo, Fox, Higgins, Blakemore: NUW Alliance Community Hub (NUWACH). Newcastle, UNSW and Wollongong University Scheme (2018) Total Grant Awarded: $1,500