Dr Kate Seymour

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Science South (339)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Kate is a Senior Lecturer, currently in Social Work at Flinders University in South Australia, and previously in Criminology and Justice Studies, and a founding member of the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS). Her research focus - on gender, masculinities and violence - spans the fields of social work and criminology. She is especially interested in the framing of violence in the policy, prevention, and practice realms, and the ways in which this reflects and reinforces social hierarchies and structural inequalities.

Kate is a skilled qualitative researcher with a background in direct social work practice and management including in the areas of adult offending and work with male perpetrators of domestic and family violence.


PhD (Deakin University)

Masters of Social Science (Criminology)

Bachelor of Social Administration

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

Key responsibilities

Deputy Discipline Head (Social Work)

Academic Lead, Field Education

Academic Lead, 'Strengthening social work practice education' project

Peer Evaluator (Teaching)

Topic coordinator
SOAD3102 Field Education 1
SOAD3107 Identity, Self and Agency
SOAD2011 Social Work & Reflective Practice
Supervisory interests
Critical criminology
Critical masculinity studies (scholarly distinction from masculinity or men's studies)
Critical social work
Domestic violence, criminal justice system responses
Gendered violence
Social policy
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: 1607 (1)
Associate supervisor: 1602 (1)
Expert for media contact
Gender studies
Social policy/welfare
Violence, Gendered Violence, Gender and Masculinities
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Crime
  • Culture
  • Deviance
  • Gender studies
  • Justice
  • Social policy/welfare
  • Violence
  • Violence, Gendered Violence, Gender and Masculinities
Further information

Current research grants

  • Emerging Minds ($70,000), July 2021, Developing evidence-based training materials for working with complex families. CIs: S Wendt, C. Bastian, K Seymour.

  • Adelaide Hills Council ($12,000), June 2021, Resilience and Readiness (Development of an evaluation framework). Cis: K Seymour (Lead), S Wendt.

  • Australian Research Council, Linkage Project ($284,215, LP200200848) A home-centred approach to support children and young people in state care. CIs:K Natalier, S Wendt, M. Jones, C. Bastian, K Seymour. Awarded March 2021.

  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Program Grant ($275,000, DP210101214), Strengthening Australia's Domestic and Family Violence Workforce. CIs:S Wendt, K Seymour, K Natalier. Awarded Oct 2020.

  • Innovation Partnership Seed Grant and OARS Community Transitions ($50,000), Developing an innovative response to domestic and family violence: Accommodating perpetrators as a strategy for change. CIs: K Seymour (Lead), S Wendt, K Natalier, C Bastian. Awarded Oct 2020.

  • Anglicare SA ($100,000), Jan 2020, Developing, implementing and evaluating a practice framework for supporting young people leaving care and family reunification. CIs: C Bastian, S Wendt, K Seymour.

  • College (EPSW) Research Grant ($12,000), awarded Dec 2019. Project: Keeping domestic and family violence perpetrators in full view to protect women and children: What does it take? CIs: C Bastian, K Seymour, S Wendt.

Kate Seymour CV (pdf)