Research in Social Work
The social work lecturers are involved a range of research projects which are detailed below.
As a team they are currently undertaking a longitudinal study into the University of Waikato, Social Work Programme Graduate Outcome and Readiness for Practice. This research surveys three cohorts of University of Waikato BSW graduates annually for three years. The main aims of the project are to develop an understanding of the first three years post qualifying paid and unpaid work outcomes for the graduates, including information on conditions of employment; as well as the graduate perceptions of their readiness for work alongside the Social Workers Registration Board’s core competency standards.
Sonya Hunt’s primary research interests are the history of social work professionalisation and social work registration in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kelly Smith’s primary research interests are social work values and ethics, social justice and the impact of organisations context on professional practice.
Albert Kuruvila’s primary research interests are nonprofit management, cross-cultural social work practice and teaching and learning in social work.
Emma Webber-Dreadon’s primary research interests are cultural supervision and identity, social justice for forgiveness and Māori social work practice.
Simon Lowe’s primary research interests currently sit with social work competencies and practice standards.