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Keevers, Lynne A/Prof

Associate Professor in Social Work

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Health and Society

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Practice-based approaches to the study of social justice and injustice are the connecting threads of her research. Lynne develops this interest in social justice and injustice through working with people and communities that have experienced violence, trauma and structural inequalities. Her current research conducted in partnership with community oganisations, uses practice theory and collaborative research methodologies to investigate:
    • Youth Homelessness: This work explores the question: What are the practices and structural arrangements effective in assisting young people avoid or exit homelessness? Rather than positioning disadvantaged young people as the problem, this research assumes that to improve youth homelessness policy and practice, it is critical that the perspectives and knowledge of young people with lived experience inform policy settings.
    • Energy poverty: This work investigates the social development practices of an international village-to-village collaboration working to reduce energy poverty through the provision of household solar lighting for Indigenous people living in remote communities in Timor Leste.
    •  Supporting community recovery and wellbeing post disasters and cumulative traumas. This work explores the question What do the collective narratives of people affected by cumulative disasters tell us about the practices that support well-being, healing and recovery? We aim to articulate practices that assist communities regain their sense of belonging, hope for the future, control over their lives and their capacities to care for and be cared for by Country.
    • Social impacts of community-based organisations working on the health and well-being of local people, their communities and the environments in which they live: This research asks the questions- what are the social impacts of community-based organisations on their local communities, their environments and on the broader society? What role might they play in strengthening communities and civil societies?

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • third sector organisations/ community organisations
    social justice
    practice-based studies
    youth homelessness
    violence and trauma iin relation to women, young people and children
    practice-based social work education

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Navigating Learning on the front line of Policing Briggs, Belinda
    Doctor of Philosophy What is the impact of the marketisation of the commonwealth home care packages on the lived relational experience of informal carers? Duncan, Catherine
    Doctor of Philosophy Welcome to Clubland: Exploring sociomaterial dimensions of poker-machine gambling harms in community-clubs in New South Wales Australia Roberts, Kate
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Social Workers Response to Natural Disaster Liu, Zhuzhu
    Doctor of Philosophy A Complex and Multidimensional Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Challenge: Understanding the Menstrual Health and Menstrual Hygiene Care of Young Homeless Women Grozdanovski, Laura
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Exploring the implementation of a culturally situated trauma informed therapeutic approach for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Illawarra living in Out of Home Care or being restored to their family. Lukey, Samantha
    Doctor of Philosophy Effective Early Intervention in Adolescent to Parent Violence Through an Attachment Theory and Insight Oriented Parenting Program. Toole-Anstey, Chye
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Investigating the value of developmental social work in social work education and the impact on diverse communities Ray, Nandini
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between feedback, assessment and learning Middleton, Mark
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Developing foundations for effective university teaching: The framing, practice and change of educational development support for staff new to teaching in universities Beaumont, Timothy

Full Name


  • A/Prof Lynne Keevers Maree Keevers

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Practice-based approaches to the study of social justice and injustice are the connecting threads of her research. Lynne develops this interest in social justice and injustice through working with people and communities that have experienced violence, trauma and structural inequalities. Her current research conducted in partnership with community oganisations, uses practice theory and collaborative research methodologies to investigate:
    • Youth Homelessness: This work explores the question: What are the practices and structural arrangements effective in assisting young people avoid or exit homelessness? Rather than positioning disadvantaged young people as the problem, this research assumes that to improve youth homelessness policy and practice, it is critical that the perspectives and knowledge of young people with lived experience inform policy settings.
    • Energy poverty: This work investigates the social development practices of an international village-to-village collaboration working to reduce energy poverty through the provision of household solar lighting for Indigenous people living in remote communities in Timor Leste.
    •  Supporting community recovery and wellbeing post disasters and cumulative traumas. This work explores the question What do the collective narratives of people affected by cumulative disasters tell us about the practices that support well-being, healing and recovery? We aim to articulate practices that assist communities regain their sense of belonging, hope for the future, control over their lives and their capacities to care for and be cared for by Country.
    • Social impacts of community-based organisations working on the health and well-being of local people, their communities and the environments in which they live: This research asks the questions- what are the social impacts of community-based organisations on their local communities, their environments and on the broader society? What role might they play in strengthening communities and civil societies?

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • third sector organisations/ community organisations
    social justice
    practice-based studies
    youth homelessness
    violence and trauma iin relation to women, young people and children
    practice-based social work education

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Navigating Learning on the front line of Policing Briggs, Belinda
    Doctor of Philosophy What is the impact of the marketisation of the commonwealth home care packages on the lived relational experience of informal carers? Duncan, Catherine
    Doctor of Philosophy Welcome to Clubland: Exploring sociomaterial dimensions of poker-machine gambling harms in community-clubs in New South Wales Australia Roberts, Kate
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Social Workers Response to Natural Disaster Liu, Zhuzhu
    Doctor of Philosophy A Complex and Multidimensional Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Challenge: Understanding the Menstrual Health and Menstrual Hygiene Care of Young Homeless Women Grozdanovski, Laura
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Exploring the implementation of a culturally situated trauma informed therapeutic approach for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Illawarra living in Out of Home Care or being restored to their family. Lukey, Samantha
    Doctor of Philosophy Effective Early Intervention in Adolescent to Parent Violence Through an Attachment Theory and Insight Oriented Parenting Program. Toole-Anstey, Chye
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Investigating the value of developmental social work in social work education and the impact on diverse communities Ray, Nandini
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between feedback, assessment and learning Middleton, Mark
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Developing foundations for effective university teaching: The framing, practice and change of educational development support for staff new to teaching in universities Beaumont, Timothy

Full Name


  • A/Prof Lynne Keevers Maree Keevers