Semester One 2015

Doctoral Studies Research Students Forum – 2015 Archive

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Thursday 11 June

Keynote: Research with and for communities

As researchers we are privileged by access to information, knowledge, theories and people’s lives. This privilege carries an obligation to ensure that our research contributes to the common good, interrogating social problems and exploring potential solutions. Researchers in the professions – both education and social work – have a great opportunity to use our research for positive ends. If our professional work aims to empower individuals and communities then our knowledge building must also aim to empower. If we value diversity in our professional work, our research processes must also value diversity. Building knowledge requires planning, deliberation and critical openness. Additionally, this paper argues that creating meaningful relationships and providing space for subjugated knowledge(s) is central to building knowledge and meeting the obligations that arise from our privilege. The paper will focus on a number of case studies to explore the complexities of making our research ‘real’ beyond the sandstone. It will draw extensively on the work undertaken by the school through the Glebe Community Development Project over the past decade.

Keynote speaker Associate Professor 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. Dr Rawsthorne's current research projects focus on lesbian parents, rural young people, Aboriginal women and culturally diverse young women.

Dr Rawsthorne has a strong commitment to supporting the developing research capacity of the non-government sector. She has collaborated on a research projects with agencies such as Liverpool Women's Health Centre, Joan Harrison's 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.



  • Margot Rawsthorne

    Research with and for communities

    11 June 2015

    Researchers in the professions – both education and social work – have a great opportunity to use our research for positive ends.


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