Dr Jenny van der Arend

Research Associate

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences South (237)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Jenny was appointed to a postdoctoral fellow position in the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS) in October 2018. In this role, she is exploring ways to make a difference for families falling through the gaps at the interface of the domestic and family violence and child protection service systems in South Australia.

Jenny is a social worker interested in mobilising research knowledge to have an impact in responding to complex social problems. She has over fifteen years of work experience in a range of government and non-government positions across social policy sectors including family violence, family services, disability, and youth homelessness - in Australia and internationally. Within these roles, she has undertaken research; provided policy advice, been involved in service design and redevelopment, and managed programs. Jenny's recent Ph.D. research used a mixed methodology, drawing on large-scale data sets, to explore how relationships and networks help to support the uptake of social research in policy-making processes in Australia. Her research interests include engaged research and knowledge mobilisation, evidence-informed policy and practice, social disadvantage; complex/"wicked" social problems and social inclusion.


PhD, University of Queensland (2016)

Master of Social Sciences (by research), University of South Australia (1994)

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), South Australian Institute of Technology (1991)

Research expertise
Policy and administration
Social work

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