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Professor Bob Pease is the Chair of Social Work in the School of Health and Social Development. He has published over 80 refereed journal articles and book chapters and is author of Men and Sexual Politics: A Profeminist Approach (Dulwich 1997), Recreating Men: Postmodern Masculinity Politics (Sage 2000), Men and Gender Relations (Tertiary Press 2002) and Undoing Privilege: Unearned Advantage in a Divide World (Zed 2010) and co-editor of Transforming Social Work Practice: Postmodern Critical Perspectives (Allen and Unwin 1997), Working With Men in the Human Services (Allen and Unwin 2001); A Man’s World? Changing Men’s Practices in a Globalized World (Zed 2001); Critical Social Work (Allen and Unwin 2003), International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (Routhledge 2007); Critical Social Work: Theories and Practices for a Socially Just World (Allen and Unwin second edition 2009; Migrant Men, Critical Studies of Masculinities and the Migration Experience (Routledge 2010) and Men and Masculinities Around the World: Transforming Men’s Practices (Palgrave 2011).
Principal Supervisor for the following Higher Degree by Research topics:
• Critical Pedagogy and Masculinity Education
• Mothers and Sons Narratives of Feminist Mothers Raising Sons
• Decolonising Solidarity: A Story of Relationships Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Activists Promoting Justice and Self Determination in Australia
• Practices of Measurement and the Problem of Child Sexual Abuse.
• Australian Social Workers and Neo-Liberal Globalisation.
• Into the Mystic: Emotions, Intuition, Spirituality and Creativity After the Death of a Child or Sibling.
• Insights from Elder Women: Learning from Stories of Australian Women Growing Older Who Have Experienced Child Sexual Abuse.
• (Re)Gendering Violence: Men, Masculinities and Violence.
• Storytelling as Empowerment: An Existential Social Work Approach.
• Intercultural Exploration of Educational Aspirations Through Mutual Ethnography. Application.
Professor Pease’s main research interests are in the fields of critical masculinity studies and critical social work practice. In the former area his specific research focus is on men’s violence against women and cross-cultural and global perspectives on men and masculinities. In the latter area he is interested in the application of critical theories to progressive social work practice and profeminist approaches to working with men in the human services. He has expertise in collective memory work, life history methods, participatory action research and collaborative inquiry methodologies.
Professor Pease is currently writing a book on the impact of migration on the gender identities of men who have migrated to Australia from non-Western regions of the world and co-editing a book on men, masculinities and methodologies.
• RMIT University ARC Discovery Grant Award for Migrant Masculinities 2004
• Australian Association of Social Workers
• Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education
As Chair of Social Work, Professor Pease provides academic leadership in social work in the areas of teaching and learning, research and community partnerships.
His community involvements include membership of:
• White Ribbon Campaign Policy and Research Group
He is a co-editor of the journal 'Men and Masculinities' and he serves on the editorial board of the following journals:
• Critical Social Policy
• Qualitative Social Work
He has refereed articles for 'Australian Social Work'; 'Australian Journal of Social Issues'; 'Advances in Social Work Education'; 'Canadian Journal of Education'; 'Men and Masculinities'; 'Just Policy' and 'Qualitative Social Work'.
Professor Pease has given numerous invited lectures, keynote speeches, paper presentations and training workshops at universities, conferences, government and non-government organisations around Australia on men and masculinities. He is a founding member of Men Against Sexual Assault (MASA) in Melbourne and the organiser of the first White Ribbon Campaign against men’s violence in Australia. He continues to be involved in campaigns against men’s violence against women.
Invited conference papers since 2006:
Pease, B. Masculinity Politics and the Politics of Men’s Emotions: Disrupting Men’s Emotional Attachment to Unearned Advantage. Invited keynote paper presented at the Emotions in Social Life: New Advances in Sociological and Policy Research Conference, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 26th October, 2011.
Pease, B. Invited keynote paper presented at the Challenging Gender: Normalization and Beyond Conference, Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden, 13-14th September, 2011.
Masculinity Studies and Men’s Violence Prevention: Theory, Politics and Practice. Invited keynote paper presented at the State of Play in the Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities Conference, Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities, University of Wollongong, 17th-18th March, 2011.
The Other Side of Social Exclusion: Social Inclusion or the Interrogation of Privilege? Invited keynote paper presented at the Social Inclusion and Innovation Conference, Deakin University, 18th October 2010.
The Paradox of Interrogating of Interrogating Privileged Subjectivities: Tensions and Dilemmas in Writing Reflexive Personal Accounts of Privilege, Invited paper presented at the Reflexive Academic Writing Event III: Forms of Writing Emotions and Memories: Dilemmas and Emancipatory Practices, Mid Sweden University, 22nd October 2009.
Challenging Privilege as the Other Side of Oppression in Critical Social Work. Invited paper presented at the Mini Conference on Critical Social Work: International and Swedish Perspectives, Uppsala University, Sweden, 16th October 2009.
Men’s Role in Violence Prevention. Invited paper presented at the Prevention of Male Violence Against Women Conference, Abbotsford Convent Arts Centre, 16th-17th October 2008.
Working with Men as Partners in Violence Prevention. Invited keynote paper presented at the Creating a Future Free from Violence Conference, Adelaide, 22nd August 2008.
Critical Social Work Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: A Critical Appraisal of Evidence-Based Interventions in Social Work. Invited paper presented at the Critical Social Work and Human Rights Conference, Kobe College, Japan, 13th January 2007.
Gendering Men: Implications for Gender Equality Policy. Invited paper presented at the Expert Conference, Men and Gender Equality: Towards Progressive Policies, Helsinki, Finland, 5-6 October 2006.
Reconstructing Rural Masculinities and Challenging Men’s Violence Against Women in Rural Communities. Invited paper presented at the South Western Centre Against Sexual Assault Conference, Sexual Assault: Awareness, Treatment and Prevention in a Rural Context, 27th October 2006.