Staff profile - Sophie Goldingay

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Dr Sophie Goldingay

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 78461 +61 3 522 78461



Sophie Goldingay is a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, and is currently Bachelor of Social Work Honours Coordinator and a Teaching and Learning Coordinator within the School of Health and Social Development. She uses mixed methods and cross-cultural research approaches with institutionalised populations such as prisoners and people with psychiatric disabilities, people with learning disabilities, and equity and access in Higher Education. She led a team which created a Multidimensional Framework for Embedded Academic Skill Development which won the Deakin Vice Chancellor's award for Excellent Contributions to Equity and Access in 2012. The project has led to significant developments across the Faculty of Health, including a Pathways project with the local TAFE in Geelong, and a project embedding academic skills into the Bachelor of Social Work. She is also the recipient of two teaching awards, one from the School of Health and Social Development as part of a project team in 2011, and a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Health in 2013.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1993
  • Diploma in Social Studies, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canterbury (NZ), 2009

Professional activities

Member of the Board of Directors for Barwon Youth

Member of the Australian Association of Social Work Educators


Subjects and units currently teaching

HSW 703, HSW212, HSW456, HSW 457, HSW402

Conferences and seminars

Goldingay, S 2007, Should they have the same as men? Issues around a separate facility for female prisoners 14-19 years whilst serving a prison sentence: a unique New Zealand perspective. Paper presented at the SPRE conference April 2007, Wellington, New Zealand. Goldingay, S 2007, Bullying: Is it a problem? Exploring the ways young women at Christchurch Women's Prison talk about prison bullying. Paper presented at the What Works with Women Offenders: Challenging Stereotypes and Achieving Change Conference, Prato, Tuscany, Italy. Goldingay, S 2008, Iwi and Pacific perspectives on mixing young women prisoners with adult prisoners Paper presented at the SPRE colloquium, Wellington, April.


Awards and prizes

Sophie Goldingay received the TNS prize for Most Effective Research in 2007. She is the recipient of two SPEaR Linkages grants (2005 and 2007) and also a Ministry of Education overseas study grant.


Research interests

Sophies research interests include qualitative research with institutionised populations such as prisoners and people with psychiatric disabilities. The impact of neoliberalism and managerialism on social service provision and tertiary institutions is also of interest. Post structural theoretical approaches as informed by Foucault, Rose and others have significant value in analyzing social practices and power relations.

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