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Opportunities for research participation

Opportunities for members to participate in research

The AASW National Research Committee; as part of its commitment to promote and encourage social workers' involvement in research; reviews and approves various research projects to be advertised to members. Both conducting and participating in research are considered to be key professional development activities and can be counted towards your annual CPD. If you participate in any of the research activities listed below, you can record this as a Category 3 activity (Professional Identity) in your online CPD record.

Current Research Projects

Environmental Social Wok: Experiences from the field

Key Dates

13 March 2017 onwards (closing date TBC)

Participants sought

Participants for this proposed study will be social workers who identify as working from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work perspective and are willing to share examples of practice. Participants will be employed full-time, part-time or on a casual basis, in social work specific or generic roles with any setting in Australia.


The purpose of this research is to gain an understanding of social work practice from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work perspective. The research will focus primarily on examples of practice in the form of narratives provided by social workers who self-identify as incorporating an environmental perspective into their practice. The research will be used to demonstrate the successful incorporation of an environmental perspective into social work practice, and to identify factors that allow practitioners to practice environmental social work in the field.

What is involved?

A willingness to undertake a one-on-one multi-media (phone, skype etc.) or face-to-face interview in which participants share their experiences of environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work. It is anticipated that each interview will last 60 – 90 minutes. Interviews will be held by at a time mutually agreeable to the participant and and the interviewer

How to get involved?

Please e-mail Dr Jennifer Boddy ( if you have any queries regarding participation and to express your interest in participating. In your email please state your field of practice and your interest in the area of environmental social work. An information sheet will be provided for your perusal.

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Jennifer Boddy, Griffith University ph: 07 5552 7706;
Sylvia Ramsay, Griffith University
Celeste Harris, Griffith University
Shelley Stanley, Griffith University

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers