Dr Christina David is Program Manager for the two undergraduate social work programs at RMIT, the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) and the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)/Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology). Dr David is also actively engaged in funded research projects mainly relating to the experiences of people living with disability engaging with different policy and service settings. Dr David's doctoral research explored individualised funding approaches for people with disability and her work continues to explore the role and impacts of choice and self- determination in policy reforms such as the NDIS and Consumer Directed Care. Dr David’s research interests and activities also include projects related to supportive housing models, ageing, and elder abuse service and support responses.
Dr David is primarily engaged in qualitative research and participatory methodologies, including co-design, which focus on working collaboratively with people with lived experience. Dr David also supervises HDR students undertaking research in related areas.
As an educator, Dr David is also interested in the development of critical social work education and engages in scholarship of learning and teaching (SoLT) research. As part of this work, Dr David seeks to collaborate with students to better understand their learning experience and how the curriculum and teaching approaches can be continually enhanced to support the development of engaged and critical social work graduates.
Dr David maintains strong relationships with industry partners in the community and government sectors. She also actively engages in cross disciplinary collaborations with colleagues within RMIT and from other universities. She has strong professional networks and is the secretary of ANZSWWER (Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research).
Qualifications: PhD, Grad. Dip. (Bus.), BSW, BEd.
Dr David’s is an experienced educator and social worker. Her social work practice experience was in tertiary rehabilitation, working with people with disability toward employment and independent living goals. In this sector she held various roles including case-management, research and evaluation, quality, policy, and management. Prior to social work Dr David worked as a secondary teacher and journalist.
Dr David is a critical social work academic with extensive research experience in projects related to the lived experience of people with disability and with particular emphasis on qualitative research and participatory methodologies. Her research seeks to apply a critical intersectional lens to lived experience to better understand implications for policy and practice reform. In addition to disability, Dr David is also engaged in research and evaluation projects related to supported housing models, ageing, elder abuse, and social work education.
Disability, Applied Human Rights, Individualised Funding, NDIS, Social Work, Social Work Education, Ageing, Elder Abuse, Psychosocial Disability, Permanent Supportive Housing
Dr David is interested in supervising research projects relating to the experiences of people with disability and workforce in diverse policy and service settings. Dr David is also interested in hearing from students researching areas related to social work education as well as projects relating to elder abuse.
Australian Social Work
Egan, R., David, C. & Williams, J. (2021)
Qualitative Social Work, 19(3), 359–379
Ramcharan, P., David, C., & Marx, K. (2020)
Australian Journal of Social Issues. 2020; 00: 1– 18
O'Keeffe, P, & David, C. (2020)
Funding - Eastern Legal Community Centre, $55,00
Maylea, C & David
2019 - 2022
Funding - Lord Mayor Charitable Foundation Trust Innovation Grant (Seed) $48,000
David, C. &Nipperess, S. Johnston, G
2020 - 2021
Funding - RMIT ECP Opportunity Fund project $330,000
Ramcharan, P & David, C.
2017 - 2019
Award date: 2019
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
Recipients: Christina David
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.