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Erica Russ

BSocWk, GC AdvSocWk, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Health

07 5589 3167
Gold Coast Campus, Gold Coast
Erica Russ


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Having extensive social work industry experience with a focus on children and families I developed a strong commitment to children's rights and voice. Having also held management and senior executive positions, and leading large strategic projects I developed an interest in workforce issues and social work education.


My research has examined social work workforce readiness and wellbeing with a focus on worker resilience. Recent research has included research that reflects children's voice and examination of social work education, particularly fieldwork. My research interests focus on collaborative research using qualitative methodology with an applied focus.

Community engagement

Team member for multiple contracted research projects including a joint project with Their Futures Matter initiatives and Family and Community Services NSW, and youth engagement and service evaluation projects.


Co-supervisor for one PhD and one Masters of Philosophy student. Previously been a principal supervisor for a Phd student. Available for supervision in all areas of social work


Social work and community welfare field education. Previously taught social work in the areas of foundations of social work, direct practice, rural social work, and the law, and human rights.


  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Member, Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research
  • Member, European Social Work Research Association, Social Work Workforce Research Special Interest Group
  • Member, International Network of Cooperative Inquirers
  • Board member - The Family Centre

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