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A/Prof. Sophie Goldingay



Associate Professor Indigenous Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education




Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


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


Sophie Goldingay is Associate Professor at the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research and Innovation Institute (NIKERII), Deakin University. Prior to this she was Associate Head of School Teaching and Learning in the School of Health and Social Development.  She initiates projects to ensure students' retention, belonging and success, and works to initiate and maintain decolonising practies within the School, Faculty and University.  She uses mixed methods and decolonising research approaches with people who are neuro-diverse or jugglining multiple life challenges to explore and improve equity and access in education.  She publishes books and articles with a focus on people's strengths and approaches for working with them effectively. 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  and a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Health.

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Research interests

Sophie's research interests include qualitative and quantitative research with  secondary school and tertiary students, and influences on identity and wellbeing for staff and students in these settings. Sophie also contributes to the evidence base of effective online pedagogies to support access to education for those juggling multiple roles in life or who live in remote and rural locations.


Teaching interests

Online and simulated learning and flipped classroom pedagogies, students as partners, connected pedagogies, self-determination.

Units taught

HSW 703, HSW212, HSW402, HSW221, HSW322


Key note speaker at Barwon Health Symposium "Building our practice expertise in health ad mentla health: Ideas to innovations" 2016.

Professional activities

Member of the Editorial board for the ANZSWWER Journal Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education.  Registered social worker Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) with current practising certificate (Aotearoa New Zealand)


Sophie Goldingay received the Vice Chancellor's award for Excellent Contributions to Equity and Access and has recieved two teaching awards. She 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.


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Funded Projects at Deakin

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Associate Supervisor

Beverly Ann Scarvelis

Thesis entitled: From institutional care to living in South Australia: intercountry adoption

Master of Social Work, School of Health and Social Development