Professor Fiona Verity

Academic Status

College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Sciences North
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Fiona is a sociologist and a social worker with specialty expertise in the areas of community development and public policy. Fiona began her career in aged care and local government in the early 1980s, with a focus on community development and social planning. She has held management positions in community health and worked with the SA Council of Social Service in policy positions. As an academic she has taught and researched in areas of social policy (e.g. the impact of risk management on civil society, the uptake of Corporate Social Responsibility), community development and social planning. She has represented Flinders University on the Don Dunstan Foundation Board of Management and up until 2013 was an elected member of the Board of Management of SA Council of Social Service. Her most recent post at Flinders University was Dean, School of Social and Policy Studies.

BA (Adelaide), BSocAdmin (Flinders), PhD (Newcastle)
Research expertise
Social work
Research interests

Fiona is active in community based research projects:

  • Impacts of risk management and public liability insurance on civic society
  • Community development and capacity building in the Statewide Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Evaluation

Her most recent work is the completion of the publication.
Dunk-West, P. & Verity, F. (in press) Sociological Social Work, Surrey: Ashgate Press

Teaching interests

Fiona has taught Social Policy, Community Development and Social Planning.

Supervisory interests
Community development
Social policy
Social work theory and practice
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Social development/social policy (3)
Associate supervisor: Social development/social policy (2)
Principal supervisor: Social Work/Social Policy (2)
Associate supervisor: Social Work/Social Policy (8)

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