Position

Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
School of Social & Policy Studies

Biography

Heather joined the Department of Social Work and Social Planning at Flinders University in July 2009. She came from RMIT, Melbourne, where she co-ordinated their newly established (Qualifying) MSW Program. Prior to this she has worked as an academic at the following universities: The University of Manitoba (Canada), The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, James Cook University and the University of South Australia.

Heather's practice experience relates predominantly to women and children, particularly in areas related to abuse. Before becoming an academic she worked with homeless young people, was then a hospital social worker, a women's policy and information officer, a needle exchange worker and a community social worker. She identifies as feminist and practices social work from a critical perspective. Most recently, Heather has been involved in research relating to human-animal studies and working-class women's experiences of studying social science degrees. 

Qualifications

  • BSW (UniSA)
  • MPolAdmin (Flinders)
  • PhD (Monash)
  • GradCertTertTeach (RMIT)

Key responsibilities

Chair of Social and Policy Studies Education Committee

SABS Education Committee

School Executive member

Faculty Board member

BSW committee member

Co-convenor of the Animals in Society Working Group

Teaching interests

Over the course of her academic career Heather has taught many courses, including: Critical Social Work, Anti-Oppressive Practice, Feminist Policies and Perspectives, Theorising Inequality, Social Policy, Social Work Research, Advocacy and Social Action, Community Work, Groupwork, Communication Skills and Narrative Analysis. At Flinders she has also taught: Social Work Theories of Intervention Gender and Sexuality; and Child Welfare.

Topic Coordinator:

  • SOAD1008  Reasons for Social Work
  • SOAD3103  Working with Diverse Populations
  • SOAD4001  Human Rights Based Social Work Practice
  • SOAD9209  Understanding Addictions

Research expertise

  • Social work
  • Women's Studies

Research interests

  • Human-animal studies and animal assisted social work
  • Narrative and critical methodologies
  • Feminist social work, anti-oppressive social work and structural social work, critical social work
  • Love, sex and gender
  • Domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse
  • Care work and emotional labour

Supervisory interests

  • Animal-human relations
  • Critical theory
  • Domestic violence, women's health
  • Narrative theory

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Trauma, addictions and offending (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Animals in shelters (1) ; Animals in disasters (1) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Nasima Akhter
    PhD - September 2016

Publications

  • Fraser, H.M. (2017). Using Feminist Memory Work with Working-Class Women Trying to Complete Social Science Degrees. In Michael Gill, ed. SAGE Research Methods Cases, Part 2. London: Sage Publications.
  • Fraser, H. (2015). A Hooligan in the Hallway? In Dee Michell, Jacqueline Z. Wilson and Verity Archer, ed. Bread and Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 139-146.
  • Fraser, H. and Jarldorn, M. (2015). Narrative research as resistance: a cautionary tale. In Leslie Brown, Susan Strega, ed. Research as Resistance. 2nd ed. Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., pp. 153-176.
  • Fraser, H. and Baker, J. (2014). Innovative Teaching in Social Work with Diverse Populations: Critical Reflections from South Australia. In Bala Raju Nikku and Zulkarnain Ahmad Hatta, ed. Social Work Education and Practice: Scholarship and Innovations in the Asia Pacific. Brisbane: Primrose Hall Publishing Group, pp. 17-34.
  • Fraser, H. (2013). Designing advocacy and social action curriculum: reflections from the classroom. In C Noble, M Henrickson & IY Han, ed. Social work education: Voices from the Asia Pacific. 2nd ed. Sydney, NSW: Sydney University Press, pp. 247-276.
    [Web Link]
  • Beddoe, L. and Fraser, H. (2012). Social Work in Australasia. In K Lyons, T Hokenstad, M Pawar, N Huegler & N Hall, ed. The Sage Handbook of International Social Work. London: Sage Publications, pp. 421-435.
  • Fraser, H. (2009). Designing Advocacy and Social Action Curriculum: Reflections from the Classroom. In Noble, C., Henrickson, M. & Han, I.Y., ed. Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia-Pacific. Carlton North: Vulgar Press, pp. 243-263.
  • Fraser, H.M. (2009). Gender, Sexuality and power. In Connolly and Harms, ed. social work, contexts and practice. 2nd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp. 81-93.
  • Fraser, H.M. and Craik, C. (2009). Addressing violence and abuse in a gendered world. In Allen, J., Briskman, L. & Pease, B., ed. Critical Social Work. 2nd ed. South Melbourne: Allen and Unwin, pp. 228-239.
  • Fraser, H.M. and Seymour, C.A. (2017). Understanding violence and abuse, an anti-oppressive practice perspective. Manitoba, Canada: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Fraser, H.M. and Taylor, N.J. (2016). Neoliberalization, Universities and the Public Intellectual: Species, Gender and Class and the Production of Knowledge. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
    [10.1057/978-1-137-57909-6]
  • Fraser, H.M. (2008). In the Name of Love, Women's Narratives of Love and Abuse. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Fraser, H.M. (2015). The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets. Anthrozoos, 28(3) pp. 521-522.
    [10.1080/08927936.2015.1064209]
  • Fraser, H.M. (2010). Shame on you: Love, shame and women victim/survivors' experiences of intimate abuse. No to Violence, 5(1) pp. 30-45.
  • Michell, D., Beddoe, L., Fraser, H.M. and Jarldorn, M.K. (2017). Solidarity and support: feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE STUDIES IN EDUCATION, 30(2) pp. 175-189.
    [10.1080/09518398.2016.1242804] [10.1080/09518398.2016.1242804] [Scopus]
  • Taylor, N.J., Fraser, H.M. and Riggs, D.W. (2017). Domestic violence and companion animals in the context of LGBTpeople’s relationships. Sexualities,
    [10.1177/1363460716681476]
  • Fraser, H.M. and MacDougall, C. (2016). Doing narrative feminist research: Intersections and challenges. Qualitative Social Work,
    [10.1177/1473325016658114] [10.1177/1473325016658114]
  • Fraser, H.M., Michell, D., Beddoe, L. and Jarldorn, M.K. (2016). Working-class women study social science degrees: remembering enablers and detractors. Higher Education Research and Development (HERDSA) 35(4) pp. 684-697.
    [10.1080/07294360.2015.1137885] [10.1080/07294360.2015.1137885] [Scopus]
  • Riggs, D.W., Fraser, H., Taylor, N., Signal, T. and Donovan, C. (2016). Domestic Violence Service Providers’ Capacity for Supporting Transgender Women: Findings from an Australian Workshop. British Journal of Social Work, 46(8) pp. 2374-2392.
    [10.1093/bjsw/bcw110]
  • Riggs, D.W., Fraser, H.M., Taylor, N.J., Signal, T. and Donovan, C. (2016). Domestic Violence Service Providers’ Capacity for Supporting Transgender Women: Findings from an Australian Workshop. British Journal of Social Work,
    [10.1093/bjsw/bcw110] [10.1093/bjsw/bcw110]
  • Taylor, N., Fraser, H., Signal, T. and Prentice, K. (2016). Social Work, Animal-Assisted Therapies and Ethical Considerations: A Programme Example from Central Queensland, Australia. British Journal of Social Work, 46(1) pp. 135-152.
    [10.1093/bjsw/bcu115]
  • Jarldorn, M.K., Beddoe, L., Fraser, H.M. and Michell, D. (2015). Planting a seed: encouraging service users towards educational goals. Social Work Education, 34(8) pp. 921-935.
    [Scopus] [Scopus]
  • Fraser, H. and Michell, D. (2015). Feminist memory work in Action: Method and Practicalities. Qualitative Social Work, 2015(3) pp. 321-337.
    [10.1177/1473325014539374] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Gatwiri, G.J. and Fraser, H.M. (2015). Putting vaginal fistulas on the international social work map: A critical perspective. International Social Work,
    [10.1177/0020872815594865] [10.1177/0020872815594865]
  • Fraser, H. and Baker, J.L. (2014). Innovative Teaching in Social Work with Diverse Populations: Critical Reflections from South Australia. International Journal of Innovation Creativity and Change, 1(3)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Duvnjak, A. and Fraser, H. (2013). Targeting the "hard to reach": re/producing stigma. Critical and Radical Social Work, 1(2) pp. 167-182.
    [10.1332/204986013X673245]
  • Baines, D., Cunningham, I. and Fraser, H.M. (2011). Constrained by managerialism: Caring as participation in the voluntary social services. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 32(2) pp. 329-352.
    [10.1177/0143831X10377808] [Scopus]
  • Fraser, H.M. (2009). Trying to Complete Socially Just, Politically Sensitive Social Work Research. Journal of Social Work, 9(1) pp. 89-98.
    [10.1177/1468017308098433] [Scopus]
  • Xiao, D., Cox, J., Foster, L., Siebert, C., Smith, K.J., Fraser, H., et al. (2009). A pilot study of curriculum development for a graduate transition program for residential aged care. Geriaction, 27(1) pp. 17-24.
    [Web Link]
  • Fraser, H.M. (2005). Four different approaches to Community Participation. Community Development Journal, Advance(40.3) pp. 286-300.
    [10.1093/cdj/bsi037] [Scopus]
  • Fraser, H.M. (2005). Women, Love, and Intimacy "Gone Wrong": Fire, Wind, and Ice. Affilia, 20(1) pp. 10-20.
    [10.1177/0886109904272094] [Scopus]
  • Fraser, H.M. and Seymour, C.A. (2017). Understanding violence and abuse, an anti-oppressive practice perspective. Manitoba, Canada: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Fraser, H.M. and Taylor, N.J. (2016). Neoliberalization, Universities and the Public Intellectual: Species, Gender and Class and the Production of Knowledge. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
    [10.1057/978-1-137-57909-6]
  • Fraser, H.M. (2008). In the Name of Love, Women's Narratives of Love and Abuse. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Fraser, H.M. (2017). Using Feminist Memory Work with Working-Class Women Trying to Complete Social Science Degrees. In Michael Gill, ed. SAGE Research Methods Cases, Part 2. London: Sage Publications.
  • Fraser, H. (2015). A Hooligan in the Hallway? In Dee Michell, Jacqueline Z. Wilson and Verity Archer, ed. Bread and Roses: Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp. 139-146.
  • Fraser, H. and Jarldorn, M. (2015). Narrative research as resistance: a cautionary tale. In Leslie Brown, Susan Strega, ed. Research as Resistance. 2nd ed. Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., pp. 153-176.
  • Beddoe, L. and Fraser, H. (2012). Social Work in Australasia. In K Lyons, T Hokenstad, M Pawar, N Huegler & N Hall, ed. The Sage Handbook of International Social Work. London: Sage Publications, pp. 421-435.
  • Fraser, H.M. and Craik, C. (2009). Addressing violence and abuse in a gendered world. In Allen, J., Briskman, L. & Pease, B., ed. Critical Social Work. 2nd ed. South Melbourne: Allen and Unwin, pp. 228-239.
  • Fraser, H. (2009). Designing Advocacy and Social Action Curriculum: Reflections from the Classroom. In Noble, C., Henrickson, M. & Han, I.Y., ed. Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia-Pacific. Carlton North: Vulgar Press, pp. 243-263.
  • Taylor, N.J., Fraser, H.M. and Riggs, D.W. (2017). Domestic violence and companion animals in the context of LGBTpeople’s relationships. Sexualities,
    [10.1177/1363460716681476]

Professional and community engagement

  • Animals in Society Working Group co-convenor (2013-ongoing)
  • Invited speaker for Sunderland University (England, 2013) and Thompson Rivers University (Canada, 2016)
  • Communities for Children, supervisor and group facilitator 2012, 2013
  • Women's Health Statewide, Invited speaker 2010, 2011, 2013
  • Centrelink guest speaker 2011
  • Flinders Hospital social work guest speaker 2011
  • Member of: Mission Australia, Greenpeace and Oxfam

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Addiction
  • Animal welfare
  • Domestic Violence
  • Human rights
  • Social work

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Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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