Dr Margot Rawsthorne

PhD(Sydney)
Senior Lecturer, Community DevelopmentA/Manager, Glebe Community Development Project (2014)

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr. Margot Rawsthorne lectures in Community Development at the University of Sydney. She worked for 15 years in south western Sydney in non-government agencies. Her research focuses on the experience of inequality, particularly shaped by gender, location and sexuality. Margot's current research projects focus on lesbian parents, rural young people, Aboriginal women and culturally diverse young women.

She has a strong commitment to supporting the developing research capacity of the non-government sector. Over recent years she has collaborated on a number of small research projects with agencies such as Liverpool Women's Health Centre, Joan Harrisons Support Services for Women, the Welfare Rights Centre and the P&C Federation of NSW. This research collaboration aims to ensure the relevance and usefulness of academic research and scholarship.

Research interests

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change

Social work and social policy

  • Counselling, welfare and community services
  • Social policy

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Social Work Management: Effective Approaches for Social Work Management: what works and what does not work when managing human services and emotionally focussed work? DSW Robert FORD
An analysis of psychiatric trauma theory relating to adolescent girls who have experienced abuse. PhD Emma TSERIS
The clinical quality of counselling and psychotherapy services available to adult survivors of child sexual abuse in NSW:survivors' personal experience of the quality of therapeutic treatment and the therapeutic relationship provided by clinicians in public and private practice and clinicians' perceptions of their own expertise. DSW Rose VALA

Current projects

  • Longitudinal study of rural young people's health and wellbeing (jointly with Rural Health units).
  • Evaluation and development of Glebe Community Development project.
  • The implementation of the Every Student Every School Policy, on behalf of the Teachers Federation of New South Wales
  • Effective planning and funding regimes, with Western Sydney Community Forum, Amanda Howard, Jenny Onyx and a Stronger Voice for Western Sydney

Associations

  • Co-founder, NSW Community Development Network, a branch of the International Association of Community Development

  • Member, Glebe Community Development Project steering committee

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2003

International links

Mongolia

(National University of Mongolia) Collaborative research with Mongolian social work academic on community development and social exclusion in Ger Districts

Selected grants

2011

  • Supporting Community Leaders; Rawsthorne M; National Seniors/Research 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

  • Evaluation of the Aboriginal Women Against Violence Project; Rawsthorne M, Phillips T; Joan Harrison Support Services for Women Inc/Research Support.

2007

  • Parental Participation in Parents & Citizens Committees; Giblin D, Rawsthorne M; Federation of Parents & Citizens Associations of New South Wales/Research Grant.
  • Lesbian Parents: the emerging issues; Rawsthorne M; Australian Association for social work and welfare Education (AASWWE)/Research Support.

2006

  • Work/family arrangements in lesbian families; Rawsthorne M; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Vinson, T., Rawsthorne, M. (2013). Lifting our Gaze: The Community Appraisal and Strengthening Framework. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Howard, A. (2011). Working with Communities: Critical Perspectives. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2011). Parental involvement in schools. In Dorothy Bottrell and Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion, (pp. 158-172). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Laing, L., Rawsthorne, M. (2011). Research skills for practitioners. In OHara A, Pockett R (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice: working with individuals, groups and communities, (pp. 326-338). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010). Mother impossible: the experiences of lesbian parents. In Susan Goodwin and Kate Huppatz (Eds.), The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, (pp. 195-213). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2008). Beyond the Sandstone: research partnerships between the community welfare sector and universities. In Bottrell, Dorothy and Meagher, Gabrielle (Eds.), Communities and change: selected papers, (pp. 285-302). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2008). Violence against women in rural settings. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, (pp. 93-105). New York London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2006). Unemployment at 29-year low: Why unemployment still matters. In Serr K (Eds.), Thinking about Poverty, (pp. 92-106). Sydney: The Federation Press.

Journals

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2014). "Helping ourselves, helping each other": Lessons from the Aboriginal Women against Violence Project. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 16(1), 7-21.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2013). How long in the wilderness? Australian lesbian parents and social policy reform. Critical Social Policy, 33(2), 266-284. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Rawsthorne, M., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R., Steinbeck, K. (2012). "You Can Help People": Adolescents' Views on Engaging Young People in Longitudinal Research. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(1), 8-13. [More Information]
  • Steinbeck, K., Hazell, P., Cumming, R., Skinner, R., Ivers, R., Booy, R., Fulcher, G., Handelsman, D., Martin, A., Morgan, G., Starling, J., Bauman, A., Rawsthorne, M., Chow, C., Lam, M., Kelly, P., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., et al (2012). The study design and methodology for the ARCHER Study - Adolescent Rural Cohort Study of Hormones, Health, Education, Environments and Relationships. BMC Pediatrics, 12, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M., Costello, M. (2010). Cleaning the sink: Exploring the experiences of Australian lesbian parents reconciling work/family responsibilities. Community, Work and Family, 13(2), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M., Hoffman, S. (2010). Supporting safe and healthy relationship choices: A peer education approach. Women Against Violence Journal, 22, 28-40.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Hoffman, S., Kilpatrick, E. (2010). Women Educating Each Other..Women in Safe and Equal Relationships. Women in Welfare Education, 9(February 2010), 13-27.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Hillman, W., Healy, K. (2009). Families on the fringe: mental health implications of the movement of young families to non-metropolitan areas. Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia, 19(4), 306-317.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2009). Just like other families? Supporting lesbian-parented families. Australian Social Work, 62(1), 45-60. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2009). Same-sex couples in the 2006 census: countering symbolic exclusion. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 11(1), 71-88.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Shaver, S. (2008). Government/non-government relations: the impact of contractual reporting and accountability requirements on non-government organisations under previous arrangements in the Family and Community Services portfolio. Australian Social Policy Journal, 7, 141-155.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Vinson, T. (2007). 'The Most Liveable Place in Australia': The role of social indicators in realising the vision. New Community Quarterly, 5(4), 3-10.
  • De Pree-Raghavan, A., Rawsthorne, M. (2007). Putting community development at the centre: 'teaching' community development in a social work program. New Community Quarterly, 5(2), 32-36.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Eardley, T. (2007). Working collaboratively: Improving services outcomes for young people. Australian Social Policy Journal, 2 (2006)(1), 85-119.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2006). Instability among low income families. Just Policy, 40, 25-33.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2005). Community development activities in the context of contracting. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 40(2), 227-240.

Conferences

  • Rawsthorne, M., Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R. (2011). "You might save someone’s life": rural Australian adolescents' ideas on research participation, recruitment, and retainment. Rural Medicine Australia 2010 Conference Tasmania, Tasmania.
  • Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Skinner, R., Rawsthorne, M., Hawke, C. (2010). Conducting Sensitive Research with Adolescents. Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated Social Science Methodology Conference ACSPRI 2010, Australia: ACSPRI: Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Ind.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2009). Creating inclusive rural communities: grass roots perspectives on the opportunities and challenges. 11th Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) - An Inclusive Society Practicalities and Possibilities, Australia: Social Policy Research Centre: University of NSW.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Christian, F. (2005). Government/Community Sector Compacts: 'Real Engagement?'. 2005 International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane: Queensland Government.

Report

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2012). Survey of young people: Relationships study, on behalf of the St. George Domestic Violence Youth Sub-committee, Sydney.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010). Aboriginal Women Against Violence Project Evaluation Report. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010). Enabling participation of diverse families study: Preliminary Report to the Federation of P&Cs: Family Survey. [More Information]

Other

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010), Enabling participation of diverse families: A discussion paper for the P&C Federation.

Research Reports

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2012). Older people building better communities through informal community leadership, June 2012, (pp. 1 - 24). Melbourne, Australia, Australia: National Seniors Australia / National Seniors Productive Ageing. [More Information]

2014

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2014). "Helping ourselves, helping each other": Lessons from the Aboriginal Women against Violence Project. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 16(1), 7-21.

2013

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2013). How long in the wilderness? Australian lesbian parents and social policy reform. Critical Social Policy, 33(2), 266-284. [More Information]
  • Vinson, T., Rawsthorne, M. (2013). Lifting our Gaze: The Community Appraisal and Strengthening Framework. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.

2012

  • Cooper, S., Rawsthorne, M., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R., Steinbeck, K. (2012). "You Can Help People": Adolescents' Views on Engaging Young People in Longitudinal Research. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(1), 8-13. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2012). Older people building better communities through informal community leadership, June 2012, (pp. 1 - 24). Melbourne, Australia, Australia: National Seniors Australia / National Seniors Productive Ageing. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2012). Survey of young people: Relationships study, on behalf of the St. George Domestic Violence Youth Sub-committee, Sydney.
  • Steinbeck, K., Hazell, P., Cumming, R., Skinner, R., Ivers, R., Booy, R., Fulcher, G., Handelsman, D., Martin, A., Morgan, G., Starling, J., Bauman, A., Rawsthorne, M., Chow, C., Lam, M., Kelly, P., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., et al (2012). The study design and methodology for the ARCHER Study - Adolescent Rural Cohort Study of Hormones, Health, Education, Environments and Relationships. BMC Pediatrics, 12, 1-10. [More Information]

2011

  • Rawsthorne, M., Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R. (2011). "You might save someone’s life": rural Australian adolescents' ideas on research participation, recruitment, and retainment. Rural Medicine Australia 2010 Conference Tasmania, Tasmania.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2011). Parental involvement in schools. In Dorothy Bottrell and Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion, (pp. 158-172). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Laing, L., Rawsthorne, M. (2011). Research skills for practitioners. In OHara A, Pockett R (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice: working with individuals, groups and communities, (pp. 326-338). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Howard, A. (2011). Working with Communities: Critical Perspectives. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.

2010

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010). Aboriginal Women Against Violence Project Evaluation Report. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M., Costello, M. (2010). Cleaning the sink: Exploring the experiences of Australian lesbian parents reconciling work/family responsibilities. Community, Work and Family, 13(2), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Skinner, R., Rawsthorne, M., Hawke, C. (2010). Conducting Sensitive Research with Adolescents. Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated Social Science Methodology Conference ACSPRI 2010, Australia: ACSPRI: Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Ind.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010). Enabling participation of diverse families study: Preliminary Report to the Federation of P&Cs: Family Survey. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010), Enabling participation of diverse families: A discussion paper for the P&C Federation.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2010). Mother impossible: the experiences of lesbian parents. In Susan Goodwin and Kate Huppatz (Eds.), The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, (pp. 195-213). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Hoffman, S. (2010). Supporting safe and healthy relationship choices: A peer education approach. Women Against Violence Journal, 22, 28-40.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Hoffman, S., Kilpatrick, E. (2010). Women Educating Each Other..Women in Safe and Equal Relationships. Women in Welfare Education, 9(February 2010), 13-27.

2009

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2009). Creating inclusive rural communities: grass roots perspectives on the opportunities and challenges. 11th Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) - An Inclusive Society Practicalities and Possibilities, Australia: Social Policy Research Centre: University of NSW.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Hillman, W., Healy, K. (2009). Families on the fringe: mental health implications of the movement of young families to non-metropolitan areas. Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia, 19(4), 306-317.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2009). Just like other families? Supporting lesbian-parented families. Australian Social Work, 62(1), 45-60. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2009). Same-sex couples in the 2006 census: countering symbolic exclusion. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 11(1), 71-88.

2008

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2008). Beyond the Sandstone: research partnerships between the community welfare sector and universities. In Bottrell, Dorothy and Meagher, Gabrielle (Eds.), Communities and change: selected papers, (pp. 285-302). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Shaver, S. (2008). Government/non-government relations: the impact of contractual reporting and accountability requirements on non-government organisations under previous arrangements in the Family and Community Services portfolio. Australian Social Policy Journal, 7, 141-155.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2008). Violence against women in rural settings. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, (pp. 93-105). New York London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2007

  • Rawsthorne, M., Vinson, T. (2007). 'The Most Liveable Place in Australia': The role of social indicators in realising the vision. New Community Quarterly, 5(4), 3-10.
  • De Pree-Raghavan, A., Rawsthorne, M. (2007). Putting community development at the centre: 'teaching' community development in a social work program. New Community Quarterly, 5(2), 32-36.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Eardley, T. (2007). Working collaboratively: Improving services outcomes for young people. Australian Social Policy Journal, 2 (2006)(1), 85-119.

2006

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2006). Instability among low income families. Just Policy, 40, 25-33.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2006). Unemployment at 29-year low: Why unemployment still matters. In Serr K (Eds.), Thinking about Poverty, (pp. 92-106). Sydney: The Federation Press.

2005

  • Rawsthorne, M. (2005). Community development activities in the context of contracting. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 40(2), 227-240.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Christian, F. (2005). Government/Community Sector Compacts: 'Real Engagement?'. 2005 International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane: Queensland Government.

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