BEc(SocSc) Hons PhD Syd
Dr Natasha Cortis, BEc(SocSci) Hons PhD (Syd), is Associate Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Her work explores the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services, focusing on issues of financial sustainability in not-for-profit organisations; funding and workforce issues in community services; and women's employment and economic security.
Current and recent projects focus on:
From 2014 to 2016 Natasha led a study of strategies to promote women's economic security following domestic violence, funded by Australia's National Research Organisation on Women's Safety. Evidence provided to the Fair Work Commission can be found here. Dr Cortis' submission to the Australian Parliament's inquiry into market readiness of the NDIS can be found here.
Natasha is currently supervising PhD candidates: Axelle Marjolin (with Abigail Powell); Karen Wilcox (with Ilan Katz); Eugenia Marembo (with kylie valentine); Valeriia Kasatkina (with Fiona Hilferty) and Molly Saunders (with Gemma Carey). Recent completions include Georgia van Toorn (supervised with Karen Soldatic) and Tammy Burnstock (with Bettina Cass).
2021- Norm Smith Publication in Social Work Research Award. Awarded for best article in Australian Social Work, won jointly for article co-authored with Kate Seymour, Kris Natalier and Sarah Wendt, for article titled Which Models of Supervision Help Retain Staff? Findings From Australia’s Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Workforces.
2018- Mary Parker Follett Award for Theory Informed Research. Awarded by the United States Network for Social Work Management for the article Working Time in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Organizations: What Influences Prospects for Employee Control? (co-authored with Dr Abigail Powell) https://socialworkmanager.org/2018-journal-awards/
2018- Dean's Award for Social Impact. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Awarded for research on NDIS pricing (with Dr Fiona Macdonald, Dr Bob Davidson and Eleanor Bentham)
2015- Award for Excellence in Evaluation. Awarded by the Australasian Evaluation Society for contribution to the 'Keep them Safe' evaluation.
2012- Norm Smith Publication in Social Work Research Award. Awarded for best article in Australian Social Work, won jointly for article co-authored with Professor Gabrielle Meagher for article titled Social Work Education as Preparation for Practice: Evidence from a Survey of the New South Wales Community Sector.
2008- Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UNSW
1999- Women in Politics Prize, Australasian Political Studies Association and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (for article titled Gender, Pay Equity, and Human Service Work: A NSW Case Study).