Emeritus Professor Jude Irwin

BSW(UNSW), MA(Macquarie), PhD(Sydney)
Emerita Professor of Social Work and Social Justice, Social Work and Policy Studies

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93512294
Fax +61 2 93513783

Biographical details

Jude Irwin (PhD, MA, BSW) is Professor of Social Work and Social Justice in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Jude’s teaching, research, practice and policy interests span a number of areas including violence against women, children and young people, discrimination against gay men and lesbians, professional practice supervision, community development and learning in practice settings. Her current research projects use action research and are aimed at improving collaboration between domestic violence and mental health services and working with residents in social housing areas to build community capacity. She is on the Board of Directors of IASSW (International Association of Schools of Social Work) and APASWE (Asia Pacific Association of Social Work Education). Jude has been on a number of committees including the NSW Ombudsman’s Child Death Advisory Committee, the NSW Child Death Review Team, the NSW Council on Violence Against Women (Deputy Chair) and the Advisory Group, Australian Child Protection Research Centre. She was a founding member and past Director of the Australian Centre for Lesbian and Gay Research. Jude has published widely, including books, journal articles and several public reports.

Research interests

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Social change

Social work and social policy

  • Violence against women and children

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Postgraduate students from Europe experiences of education in Australia: understandings and realities. (Co-supervisor) DSW Marguerite BIASATTI
Sexual assault as (feminist) knowledge: A Foucauldian examination of the field of sexual assault in NSW, Australia PhD Suzanne EGAN

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2007

  • Edna Ryan Award for a special contribution to the education of women and girls -2008.

Selected grants

2010

  • Glebe community development project 2010 to 2014; McCormick J, Walsh K, Rawsthorne M, Irwin J, Napier M; Department of Housing (NSW): Central Sydney Region/Research Support.

2008

  • Working from the Ground Up: A Participatory Approach to Community Regeneration in Public Housing Neighbourhoods; Irwin J, Maljkovic M, Baldry E, Vinson T, Goodwin S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2007

  • Development of a high level Case Management Policy Framework; Irwin J; NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care/Research Grants.

2006

  • Linkage Round 2 2004 - Towards Better Practice: Enhancing collaboration between mental health and do; Napier M, Irwin J; Joan Harrison Support Services for Women Inc/Project Support.

2005

  • Towards better practice: Enhancing collaboration between mental health and domestic violence services; Irwin J, Laing L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2004

  • Pilot project on Glebe Housing Estate; Irwin J, Walsh K; Department of Housing (NSW): Central Sydney Region/Research Support.

2000

  • Research Evaluation of domestic violence screening pilot in health agreement between The Health Administration Corporation and the University of Sydney; Spangaro J, Campillo L, Irwin J, Waugh F; Health Administration Corporation/Research Grants.

1999

  • Research entitled An explanation of the co-existence of domestic violence and child abuse and the implications for child welfare practice in N.S.W. between the University of Sydney and Barnardos Australia; Waugh F, Voigt L, Irwin J; Barnardos Australia/BLO Project.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Giles, R., Irwin, J., Lynch, D., Waugh, F. (2010). In the Field: From Learning to Practice. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F., Wilkinson, M. (2002). Domestic violence and child protection : a research report ; a collaborative research project. Sydney, NSW: The Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Sociology, University of Sydney.
  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F. (2001). Routine Screening for Domestic Violence in New South Wales Health. Australia: Education Centre Against Violence.

Edited Books

  • Markauskaite, L., Freebody, P., Irwin, J. (2011). Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research. New York: Springer.
  • Flannery, K., Irwin, J. (2004). Windows of opportunity : creating pathways to education and employment : an evaluation of the Young Women who are Parents Program. Paddington, NSW: The Benevolent Society.
  • Irwin, J., Robinson, K., Ferfolja, T. (2002). From here to diversity : the social impact of lesbian and gay issues in education in Australia and New Zealand. United States: Harrington Park Press.

Book Chapters

  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Irwin, J. (2011). Action Research in Education and Social Work. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 57-69). New York: Springer.
  • Markauskaite, L., Freebody, P., Irwin, J. (2011). Bridging and blending disciplines of inquiry: doing science and changing practice and policy. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 3-15). New York: Springer.
  • Freebody, P., Markauskaite, L., Irwin, J. (2011). Knowledge and Epistemology in Scholarship, Practice and Policy: Research-as-Science and Research-as-Project. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 17-34). New York: Springer.
  • Brownlee, P., Irwin, J. (2011). Research frontiers and border-crossings: methodology and the knowledge industry. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 277-291). New York: Springer.
  • Giles, R., Irwin, J., Lynch, D., Waugh, F. (2010). Learning Theories and Practice learning. In the Field: From Learning to Practice, (pp. 17-29). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Giles, R., Irwin, J., Lynch, D., Waugh, F. (2010). Mapping the Concept of Transformational Learning in Practice Settings. In the Field: From Learning to Practice, (pp. 30-46). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Irwin, J. (2009). Lesbians and Gay Men: (Un)equal before the law? In Swain, Phillip~Rice, Simon~ (Eds.), In the Shadow of the Law: The Legal context of Social Work Practice, (pp. 192-207). Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • Irwin, J. (2008). Challenging the second closet: intimate partner violence between lesbians. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, (pp. 80-92). New York London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Irwin, J. (2006). Making the most of supervision. In Agi O'Hara, Zita Weber (Eds.), Skills for human service practice : working with individuals, groups and communities, (pp. 35-45). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Phillips, R., Irwin, J. (2005). The Social, Political and Practice Context for Social Work in Australia. In Korean Association of Social Workers (Eds.), Present and Future of Social Work, (pp. 5-24). Seoul: Korean Association of Social Workers.
  • Irwin, J., Everingham, F. (2001). Knowledge and Practice in the Education of Health and Human Service Professionals. In J. Higgs and A. Titchen (Eds.), Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts, (pp. 212-226). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Everingham, F., Irwin, J. (2001). Whether the Twain Shall Meet: Knowledge and Practice in Professional Education. In J. Higgs and A. Titchen (Eds.), Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts. United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Journals

  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2012). Across the Divide: Using Research to Enhance Collaboration Between Mental Health and Domestic Violence Services. Australian Social Work, 65(1), 120-135. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2010). Women's stories of collaboration between domestic violence and mental health services. Communities Children and Families Australia, 5(2), 16-28.
  • Noble, C., Irwin, J. (2009). Social work supervision: An exploration of the current challenges in a rapidly changing social, economic and political environment. Journal of Social Work, 9(3), 345-358. [More Information]
  • Irwin, J. (2008). (Dis)counted Stories: Domestic Violence and Lesbians. Qualitative Social Work: research and practice, 7(2), 199-215. [More Information]
  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F. (2007). Domestic Violence: a priority in child protection in New South Wales, Australia? Child Abuse Review, 16(5), 311-322. [More Information]
  • Irwin, J. (2006). Lesbians and Domestic Violence: Stories of seeking support. Women in Welfare Education, 8, 28-36.
  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F., Bonner, M. (2006). The inclusion of children and young people in research on domestic violence. Communities Children and Families Australia, 1(1), 17-23.
  • Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2004). (Re)Forming Field Education: Creating Opportunities To Maximise Students' Learning On Placement. Women in Welfare Education, 7, 106-116.
  • Irwin, J. (2002). Discrimination against gay men, lesbians and transgender people working in education. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 14(2), 65-77.
  • Irwin, J. (2001). Lesbian Domestic Violence: unseen, unheard and discounted. The Journal for women and policing, Issue 7, 24-28.

Conferences

  • Irwin, J., Laing, L. (2007). Enhancing collaboration between mental health and women's domestic violence services: Overview and voices of women (Keynote Paper). Towards Better Practice Conference.
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J. (2007). Women, Domestic Violence and Depression. Women and Depression Conference.

Report

  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). Bridging the Gap: Evaluation of the Domestic Violence And Mental Health Pilot Project. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). They Never Asked Me Anything About That: The Stories of Women who Experience Domestic Violence and Mental Health Concerns/Illness. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2005). Evaluation of the Green Valley Domestic Violence Service.

2012

  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2012). Across the Divide: Using Research to Enhance Collaboration Between Mental Health and Domestic Violence Services. Australian Social Work, 65(1), 120-135. [More Information]

2011

  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Irwin, J. (2011). Action Research in Education and Social Work. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 57-69). New York: Springer.
  • Markauskaite, L., Freebody, P., Irwin, J. (2011). Bridging and blending disciplines of inquiry: doing science and changing practice and policy. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 3-15). New York: Springer.
  • Freebody, P., Markauskaite, L., Irwin, J. (2011). Knowledge and Epistemology in Scholarship, Practice and Policy: Research-as-Science and Research-as-Project. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 17-34). New York: Springer.
  • Markauskaite, L., Freebody, P., Irwin, J. (2011). Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research. New York: Springer.
  • Brownlee, P., Irwin, J. (2011). Research frontiers and border-crossings: methodology and the knowledge industry. In Markauskaite L, Freebody P, Irwin J (Eds.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research, (pp. 277-291). New York: Springer.

2010

  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). Bridging the Gap: Evaluation of the Domestic Violence And Mental Health Pilot Project. [More Information]
  • Giles, R., Irwin, J., Lynch, D., Waugh, F. (2010). In the Field: From Learning to Practice. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Giles, R., Irwin, J., Lynch, D., Waugh, F. (2010). Learning Theories and Practice learning. In the Field: From Learning to Practice, (pp. 17-29). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Giles, R., Irwin, J., Lynch, D., Waugh, F. (2010). Mapping the Concept of Transformational Learning in Practice Settings. In the Field: From Learning to Practice, (pp. 30-46). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). They Never Asked Me Anything About That: The Stories of Women who Experience Domestic Violence and Mental Health Concerns/Illness. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2010). Women's stories of collaboration between domestic violence and mental health services. Communities Children and Families Australia, 5(2), 16-28.

2009

  • Irwin, J. (2009). Lesbians and Gay Men: (Un)equal before the law? In Swain, Phillip~Rice, Simon~ (Eds.), In the Shadow of the Law: The Legal context of Social Work Practice, (pp. 192-207). Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • Noble, C., Irwin, J. (2009). Social work supervision: An exploration of the current challenges in a rapidly changing social, economic and political environment. Journal of Social Work, 9(3), 345-358. [More Information]

2008

  • Irwin, J. (2008). (Dis)counted Stories: Domestic Violence and Lesbians. Qualitative Social Work: research and practice, 7(2), 199-215. [More Information]
  • Irwin, J. (2008). Challenging the second closet: intimate partner violence between lesbians. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, (pp. 80-92). New York London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2007

  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F. (2007). Domestic Violence: a priority in child protection in New South Wales, Australia? Child Abuse Review, 16(5), 311-322. [More Information]
  • Irwin, J., Laing, L. (2007). Enhancing collaboration between mental health and women's domestic violence services: Overview and voices of women (Keynote Paper). Towards Better Practice Conference.
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J. (2007). Women, Domestic Violence and Depression. Women and Depression Conference.

2006

  • Irwin, J. (2006). Lesbians and Domestic Violence: Stories of seeking support. Women in Welfare Education, 8, 28-36.
  • Irwin, J. (2006). Making the most of supervision. In Agi O'Hara, Zita Weber (Eds.), Skills for human service practice : working with individuals, groups and communities, (pp. 35-45). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F., Bonner, M. (2006). The inclusion of children and young people in research on domestic violence. Communities Children and Families Australia, 1(1), 17-23.

2005

  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2005). Evaluation of the Green Valley Domestic Violence Service.
  • Phillips, R., Irwin, J. (2005). The Social, Political and Practice Context for Social Work in Australia. In Korean Association of Social Workers (Eds.), Present and Future of Social Work, (pp. 5-24). Seoul: Korean Association of Social Workers.

2004

  • Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2004). (Re)Forming Field Education: Creating Opportunities To Maximise Students' Learning On Placement. Women in Welfare Education, 7, 106-116.
  • Flannery, K., Irwin, J. (2004). Windows of opportunity : creating pathways to education and employment : an evaluation of the Young Women who are Parents Program. Paddington, NSW: The Benevolent Society.

2002

  • Irwin, J. (2002). Discrimination against gay men, lesbians and transgender people working in education. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 14(2), 65-77.
  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F., Wilkinson, M. (2002). Domestic violence and child protection : a research report ; a collaborative research project. Sydney, NSW: The Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Sociology, University of Sydney.
  • Irwin, J., Robinson, K., Ferfolja, T. (2002). From here to diversity : the social impact of lesbian and gay issues in education in Australia and New Zealand. United States: Harrington Park Press.

2001

  • Irwin, J., Everingham, F. (2001). Knowledge and Practice in the Education of Health and Human Service Professionals. In J. Higgs and A. Titchen (Eds.), Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts, (pp. 212-226). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Irwin, J. (2001). Lesbian Domestic Violence: unseen, unheard and discounted. The Journal for women and policing, Issue 7, 24-28.
  • Irwin, J., Waugh, F. (2001). Routine Screening for Domestic Violence in New South Wales Health. Australia: Education Centre Against Violence.
  • Everingham, F., Irwin, J. (2001). Whether the Twain Shall Meet: Knowledge and Practice in Professional Education. In J. Higgs and A. Titchen (Eds.), Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts. United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

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