Biography

  • dmanning

    Debra is a lecturer in the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and the Master of Human Services Management. As a welfare professional she has worked in counselling, community development and managerial roles across a breadth of fields such as probation and parole, child protection, youth justice, overseas aid and the Defence Force.

    As a lecturer and researcher Debra has drawn extensively on her time living and working in a rural village in Botswana, southern Africa. This transformative experience continues to enhance her understanding of the cultural contexts of knowledge and to different ways of knowing about the world informing her social justice approaches to social and community welfare practice, education and research. Recent research and writing utilise, for example, participatory methods, story-telling and poetic research stories to explore ways power and privilege can be used to create change in different fields of human services practice. 

    Her research uses primarily qualitative methodologies including:

    • participatory action research
    • creative arts methods
    • auto ethnography
    • narrative approaches

    Qualifications:

    Doctor of Philosophy 

    Master of Social Work

    Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)

    Bachelor of Behavioural Science

    Graduate Certificate of Higher Education