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.
Co-convenor of the Animals in Society Working Group
PhD - SEP 2016