Margaret Alston

Emeritus Prof

1995 …3013
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Research interests

Gender, climate and environmental disasters, rural women, social work.

Biography

Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University.  At Monash University she has established the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit which has attracted an extensive number of PhD students. Previously she was at Charles Sturt University for 21 years, most recently as Professor of Social Work.

 

In 2010 she was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to social work and to rural women.

 

She is a past-Chair of the Australian Heads of Schools of Social Work (ACHSSW) and was appointed a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work in 2011. She is currently CI on an ARC project on social sustainability in the Murray-Darling Basin area and on the ARC Invisible Farmer project with the Victorian Museum to develop awareness of rural women’s contribution to Australian society.  

 

She has completed projects on gender and climate change in Bangladesh with Oxfam; with UNESCO in the Pacific in 2010; with ACIAR in Laos; and was engaged as a UN gender expert by the Gender Division of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) studying gender and climate change in India for 2008. She has been a resident gender expert at the FAO’s offices in Rome in 2009, 2007 and 2003. In 2009 she was also appointed as a UN gender expert by UN-Habitat to advise on the detailed report on the impact of climate change on global cities. Most recently (2012-13) she worked as a gender expert for UNEP in Geneva training field staff on gender sensitive practice.

 

She has given a number of keynote presentations including the Inaugural Sidney Myer lecture in Adelaide in 2012, and the 2014 International Social Work and Social Policy conference and the National Climate conference in Adelaide in July 2016. She will be giving a keynote presentation at the International Social Work conference in Dublin in 2018.

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Projects 2009 3013

Research Output 1995 2018

Contemporary Feminist Analysis of Australian Farm Women in the Context of Climate Changes

Alston, M., Clarke, J. & Whittenbury, K., 2018, In : Social Sciences. 7, 2, 16.

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Context of Contemporary Social Work Practice

Alston, M., McCurdy, S. & McKinnon, J., 28 Jun 2018, Social Work: Fields of Practice. Alston, M., McCurdy, S. & McKinnon, J. (eds.). 3rd ed. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. xix-xxxiii 15 p.

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6 Citations (Scopus)

Limits to adaptation: Reducing irrigation water in the Murray-Darling Basin dairy communities

Alston, M., Clarke, J. & Whittenbury, K., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Rural Studies. 58, p. 93-102 10 p.

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3 Citations (Scopus)

Postdisaster Social Work: Reflections on the Nature of Place and Loss

Alston, M., Hargreaves, D. & Hazeleger, T., 28 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Social Work. p. 1-12 12 p.

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Working with Women: Gender-sensitive Social Work Practice

Alston, M., 28 Jun 2018, Social Work: Fields of Practice. Alston, M., McCurdy, S. & McKinnon, J. (eds.). 3rd ed. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. 3-18 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review