Sharlene Nipperess is a senior lecturer in social work in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT.
Sharlene is a social work educator and researcher. She teaches across the Bachelor and Master of Social Work programs, focusing on learning and teaching in the first year. She currently teaches History and trends in social work, an introductory social work course, and Ethics and reflexive practice, an interdisciplinary ethics course. As a social work researcher, Sharlene focuses on three broad but interrelated areas: a) social work ethics, with a focus on human rights-based practice, a critical ethics of care and environmental justice; b) social work policy and practice research, with a focus on forced migration and superdiversity, mental distress and disability, and homelessness; and c) social work scholarship of teaching and learning, with a focus on critical multicultural practice, social work doctoral education and technology in social work education and practice. Sharlene has co-edited two books Critical multicultural practice in social work: New perspectives and practices (2019) and Doing critical social work: Transformative practice towards social justice (2016). She is Book Editor (social work) and member of the Australasia-Pacific Board of the international journal Ethics and Social Welfare and a member of the RMIT Design and Social Context College Human Ethics Advisory Network.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University
- Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University
- Bachelor of Social Work, James Cook University
- Bachelor of Arts, James Cook University
- David, C.,Nipperess, S.,Wiesel, I.,West, R. (2022). Enhancing support services for people with disability and complex needs living in permanent supportive housing In: Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Melbourne, Australia
- Boddy, J.,Nipperess, S. (2022). Green social work and social justice In: The Routledge Handbook of International Critical Social Work, Routledge, London, United Kingdom
- Hodgson, D.,Watts, L.,Cordoba, S.,Nipperess, S. (2021). Social Work Doctoral Education in Australia: The Case for Further Development In: Australian Social Work, 74, 96 - 109
- O'Keeffe, P.,Nipperess, S. (2021). Out of Place, in a Hostile Space: ‘Australian Values’ and the Politics of Belonging In: Ethics and Social Welfare, 15, 100 - 115
- Hodgson, D.,Goldingay, S.,Boddy, J.,Nipperess, S.,Watts, L. (2021). Problematising artificial intelligence in social work education: Challenges, issues and possibilities In: British Journal of Social Work, 52, 1878 - 1895
- Watson, J.,Nipperess, S.,Johnson, G. (2021). Social Work Education and Homelessness: Mobilising Academia–Industry Partnerships to Create a Homelessness Subject In: Australian Social Work, , 1 - 12
- Goldingay, S.,Hodgson, D.,Boddy, J.,Nipperess, S.,Watts, L. (2020). Online and Blended Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia: Negotiating the Tensions In: Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 21, 62 - 74
- David, C.,Maylea, C.,Nipperess, S.,Hirsch, A. (2019). Beyond the silos: Towards transformative social work practice with people from refugee backgrounds living with a disability In: Critical multicultural practice in social work: New perspectives and practices, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia
- Watson, J.,Nipperess, S. (2019). Nationless, homeless and seeking asylum: Considerations for social workers In: Critical multicultural practice in social work: New perspectives and practices, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia
- Hirsch, A.,Maylea, C.,David, C.,Nipperess, S. (2019). The changing face of disability and refugee services and policy in Australia: Implications for social work In: Social Work and Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory, 2, 1 - 20
Note: Supervision projects since 2004
2 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions
Human rights, environmental justice, social work ethics, migration and critical multicultural practice, disability, mental health and caring, homelessness.
- Social connections in Neighbourhood Houses - OPP-27607. Funded by: VICHealth - Impact Research Grants from (2023 to 2025)
- Nothing about us, without us: Lived experience participation in housing and homelessness. Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2023 to 2024)
- Enhancing support services for people with disability and complex needs living in permanent supportive housing. Funded by: Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund 2018 onwards- Grant from (2020 to 2023)
- Leaving Rehab: Enhancing Transitions into Stable Housing. Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2021)