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Research Biography

Janine Harrison qualified as a social worker in South Africa in 1988. She spent her first year of professional practice in Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at the Johannesburg Hospital. She then worked in the chemical dependency field for 7 years, achieving a senior managerial position in a large organisation. In 1995 she joined the University of the Witwatersrand as a part-time lecturer in the Social Work Department whilst working simultaneously in a specialist childhood sexual abuse service. She later worked as a consultant in organisational change and occupational social work before taking up a full-time lecturing position. She left the University in 2004 to join Monash University (South African campus) as Community Services Manager. There she implemented a macro change perspective including community and organisational development strategies, whilst providing clinical services to staff and students. She migrated to Adelaide with her husband and two daughters in January 2006.

Research Interests

  • Racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, heteronormativity and other forms of prejudice or oppression.
  • Violence against women, especially in relation to its co-incidence with substance abuse.
  • Social work Field Education.


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