Meet the team

The enhanceR2P research project is a collaboration between social work researchers from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, the University of Auckland, Massey University, the University of Canterbury, and the University of Otago.

Neil Ballantyne

Before migrating to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2009 I was employed for seventeen years as a social work academic at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where my last position was Reader in Social Work. I was course director on a MSc in Social Work Management and taught human development on a Bachelor of Social Work programme. I also helped to establish and was seconded full-time to the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) where I worked as Learning Technology Manager and, later, as Acting Director. In 2015 I joined the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work. My research activity focuses on teaching and learning and the use of technology in social work and social work education. I co-edited Human Services in the Network Society along with Professor Walter LaMendola from the University of Denver.  I’m a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and Chair of the international organisation Human Services Information Technology Applications (husITa). I’m also a founding member of the Re-imagining Social Work collective, a member of the editorial collective for Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Technology in Human Services.

Dr. Liz Beddoe

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. My social work background was 14 years in social work roles in the health sector. My teaching and research interests include critical perspectives on social work education and professionalisation, professional supervision, and the media framing of social work and social problems. I have published articles on supervision and professional issues in New Zealand and in international journals. I co-authored Best Practice in Professional Supervision: A Guide for the Helping Professions  with Allyson Davys and Mapping Knowledge for Social Work Practice: Critical Intersections, with Jane Maidment. I co-edited Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Social Work Education with Beth Crisp, Social Work Practice for Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Critical Issues with Jane Maidment and Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand:  Diverse Perspectives also with Jane Maidment.

Dr. Kathryn Hay

I’m a Senior Lecturer and Director of Field Education in the School of Social Work at Massey University. I’ve been involved in the tertiary sector for sixteen years and taught practice, policy and field education papers at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I’m the Chair of the Council of Social Work Educators field education committee and I support and coordinate a collaborative network of field education staff across the social work programmes in the tertiary sector. My current research projects are focused on enabling excellent placement experiences for students by listening to the perspectives of key stakeholders. One recent publication (Hay, Ballantyne & Brown, 2014) mapped the demand for social work placements in New Zealand. The findings from this research led to a collaborative piece of work with the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board on the collection and dissemination of relevant placement data from the seventeen accredited tertiary programmes. Another phase of this research involved interviewing agency managers to explore their perspectives on practice placements (Hay & Brown, 2015).

Dr. Jane Maidment

I’m an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Canterbury and have worked in tertiary level social work education for over twenty years. My primary teaching responsibilities are practice skills, research and social policy. My research and publications have a primary focus on social work education, and my PhD thesis was the first national study of social work field education in New Zealand. Of my 63 publications 30 have been about teaching and learning transactions. One significant publication – Practice Skills for Social Work and Welfare – is now in its third edition and used widely to prepare students for work in the field. The nexus between practice skill development and field education has been a constant theme of my work. Facilitating graduate readiness to practise has been the ultimate goal in all of my work with students. Along with Liz Beddoe I recently published a new text Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand:  Diverse PerspectivesThis text focuses on contemporary policy debates and fields of practice, with an emphasis on enhancing student engagement within this curriculum area. I am a member and former President of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.

Shayne Walker

I have been lecturing at the University of Otago for eighteen years and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Gender & Social Work. To stay grounded I maintain a case load of various familial and community based responsibilities. In terms of my practice background, my wife and I have fostered nearly 200 young people over a twelve year period and I have had various social work roles within NGOs. I currently provide professional supervision for social workers in two local NGOs.  I am a member of the Tangata Whenua Voices in Social Work in Aotearoa, which has undertaken work for the Social Workers Registration Board  to rewrite the Competency to Practice Social Work with Māori and produced the Kaitiakitanga Framework. I whakapapa to Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu, French and Scottish peoples.

I am a registered social worker and currently the Chair of the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB). I am a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) and part of their journal’s Editorial Collective, co-editing Te Komako. In regards to preparation for practice I recently co-authored  Bicultural Practice: Beyond Mere Tokenism with Anaru Eketone (Eketone & Walker, 2015).

I teach on Erasmus Mundus European Master in Social Work with Children and Families (MFAMILY) with  colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Stavanger (Norway). This international research partnership is focused on community based approaches to child protection and child rights and has resulted in a number of publications and conference papers. Two of these publications (Young, McKenzie, Schjelderup, Omre & Walker, 2014; and Young, McKenzie, Omre, Schjelderup, & Walker, 2014) are of particular relevance to this research project.  Our next collaboration will be a joint paper at the IASSW Conference in Seoul 2016. My key research interests are indigenous approaches to social work particularly child protection with Māori, resiliency, strengths and practice that treats people as “Fully Human”.