Dr Jenny van der Arend

Casual Academic

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Jenny is currently an Associate Lecturer with the College of Business Government and Law, remotely teaching distance education students enrolled in postgraduate public policy, public administration and research topics. Prior to this, Jenny was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS). 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, aged care 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. Her research interests include social inclusion and social disadvantage, engaged research and knowledge mobilisation (particularly in relation to complex/"wicked" social problems) and evidence-informed policy and practice. Jenny's recent PhD 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.


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)

Topic lecturer
POAD8017 Contemporary Public Policy - Theoretical Approaches
POAD9058 Research Design
POAD8138 Governance and Public Policy

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