Associate Professor Heather Fraser

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

+61 8 82015302
place Social Sciences North (336)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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. 

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

Co-convenor of the Animals in Society Working Group

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
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
SOAD9209 Understanding Addictions
SOAD4001 Human Rights Based Social Work Practice
Supervisory interests
Animal-human relations
Critical theory
Domestic violence, women's health
Narrative theory
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Trauma, addictions and offending (1)
Associate supervisor: Animals in disasters (1), Animals in shelters (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Nasima Akhter

PhD - SEP 2016

Expert for media contact
Animal welfare
Domestic Violence
Human rights
Social work
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Media expertise
  • Addiction
  • Animal welfare
  • Domestic Violence
  • Human rights
  • Social work