Dr Michael Wearing

Senior Lecturer
BSW. (Bachelor of Social Work, Honours 1) University of NSW, 1983;PhD. (Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology) University of NSW, 1990
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1880
+61 (2) 9662 8991
Room G35, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Counselling, Welfare and Community Services, Social Theory, Criminological Theories, Social Work
Tags: Mental Health Services, Other social development and community services, Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism, Community Service (excl. Work), Government and Politics

Research

Michael Wearing is a full time Senior Lecturer in the Social Work Program at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Michael is both a social worker and interdisciplinary sociologist who has had 30 years of involvement in social research and social policy in Australia.

His teaching and research reflect his interest in interdisciplinary theory and policy ideas, and in social work practice.  His research interests include Australian welfare and social policy, comparative social policy, health and mental health sociology, organisations and management in social work and human services, and; issues and practice in child, youth and family services

Michael has researched in the areas of social inequality, comparative social policy, youth studies and youth services, mental health and professional practice, ecotourism and globalisation, public opinion and the welfare state.

Research Areas

Sociology of health and illness, comparative social policy, research in social work practice, organisational practice and research, mental health, crime and youth and tourist studies.

Current Research

Risk, harm, social policy and human services: a focus on the ethical, social and social policy implications of conceptions and forms of intervention that guide service delivery and practice.  The key concepts of risk and harm are used to guide research in areas such as child and family services, youth services and mental health and educational programs.

Policy discourse and practice in mental health: this area of research investigates how mental health services have used discourses of recovery and reform to create greater emphasis on legislating against dangerousness, imposing regimes of self-care and ensuring community security and policing as a way to manage mental illness. The original funding for this project was a NHMRC Mental Health Research Grant 1996-97.

Organisations, management and practice of health and human services:  primarily concerned with the impact of large scale changes to human and health service organisation especially managerialism and the rise of neoliberalism.

Masculinity and violence:  a research program that considers gender constructions and male identity in relation to intimacy and violence. The initial funding was an ARC Linkage grant 1996-99 investigating the worldviews of male perpetrators of domestic violence.

Child abuse prevention: investigating issues of family support work and links to the issues of male violence and the concepts of risk and harm above.

Socio-cultural analysis of ecotourism: in collaboration with partners at the University of Technology Sydney and Canadian academics this work is concerned with overlaps between social policy issues and tourism as a global industry. In particular, what edgework and indigenous and host labour is used to sustain tourist development and at what social cost?

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas 

Sociology of health and illness, comparative social policy, organizational learning, theory and practice, public policy analysis and identity politics, mental health, crime and youth, postcolonial theory and welfare practice

Recent Postgraduate and Honours Research Completions

    • PhD Aileen Crowe, Social Development, 2015 A review of the Refugee Determination Process for Asylum Seekers who arrived by plane in the context of Australia's exclusionary narrative
    • PhD Susan Green, 2015  Social Work, History of Colonial Aboriginal welfare in NSW
    • PhD Maria Nichterlein,  Social Work, 2013 A post structural reading of family therapy theory
    • PhD Josie McSkimming, Social Work, 2014 Journeys of faith interrupted: the migration of identity within and out of fundamentalist religion.
    • PhD Jonine Penrose-Wall, Social Work, 2013 Sociality and Recovery after mental disorders and suicide attempt
    • PhD Benito Folino PhD Social Work 2012 A Government of Advisors: the role, influence and accountability of ministerial advisers in the New South Wales political system.
    • PhD Jane Mowll Social Work, 2011 Transition to a New Reality- the experience of viewing or not viewing the body of a relative inthe context of grief after a sudden and unexpected death
    • PhD Juanita Marion Sherwood, Social Work, 2010, Do no harm: decolonising Aboriginal health research
    • PhD Linda Bartolomei, Social Work, 2010, Struggling against the silences: Exploring rights based responses to the rape and sexual abuse of refugee women and girls.
    • PhD Charlotte Smedley, PhD Social Work, 2009, Enduring social representations of disability.
    • PhDLeanne Dowse, PhD Social Work, 2007, Stand up and give 'em the fright of their life: A study of intellectual disability and the emergence and practice of self-advocacy.
    • PhD Edward Green, PhD Social Work, 2006, Staying Bush: a study of gay men living in rural areas.
    • PhD Ionie Lewis, PhD Social Work, 2003, Professional identity and social work trained counsellors: A qualitative study
    • Master Thesis Social Work Theo Hastings, 2003, Gridlocked! Working with the homeless and seriously mentally ill in a seaside suburb.
    • Honours 2013 Sam Alderton-Johnson Criminology Restorative Justice for ‘Non-White Juveniles’ including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth.(2/1)
    • Honours 2008 Catherine Goyen Criminology ‘Biting the Hand that Feeds: A Qualitative Study into how Adolescent and Family Counselors Practice and Understand Adolescent to Parent Violence’ (2/1)
    • Honours 2007 Andrea Ball Social Work ‘Young People’s Lived Experience of Applying For and Living on Youth Allowance’ (1/1)
    • Honours 2007 Rebecca Elias Social Work ‘Attitudes to Politics Amongst Social Work Students and newly graduated Social Workers.(2/1)
    • Honours  2007 Pota Hatzopoulos Criminology ‘ Substance Use and Abuse: an in-depth analysis of UNSW undergraduate students’ licit and illicit drug use (2/1)
    • Honours 2006  Olivia Uslen Criminology ‘Mean Girls, Bad Boys - Cultures of bullying and the importance of considering student perspectives in policy and program development in schools.(1/1)
    • Honours 2005 Ms Holly Trimble Criminology ‘The Social Influence Of Youth Services On Youth: a Qualitative Study Into Regional Youth Crime Prevention’ (2/2)

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Anna Ginty, PhD Politics and International Relations, The maladapted migrant: Climate change adaptation and migration
  • Geraldine Doney, PhD, Social Dvelopment, A Woman's Place: activism of women's organsiations from Burma.
  • Honours Joanne Brooks Social Work 2014-15 Martin Buber and Social Work.
  • Honours Anna Laverty-Wilson Social Work 2015-16 Post-partum illnesses and treatment 

Teaching

Teaching areas

Research methodologies, social policy and social theory, youth work and social work practice, organisations and social work practice.

Current teaching

  • CRIM2028 Young People Risk and Harm.
  • SOCW3010 Organisational Practice.
  • SOCW4005 Social Policy Honours..
  • SRAP3000 Policy and Social Theory 
  • SRAP2002 Policy Case Studies

Professional Affiliation, Membership and Community Roles

  • Member, The Australian Sociology Association (TASA)
  • Member, The International Sociology Association, (ISA)
  • Past member, The Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)
  • International Journal Advisor, Social Policy and Society (2011- )

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=sps

  • Academic Board Member 2014-15 Australian Institue of Relationship Studies.Lane Cove, Edgecliff and Parramatta.
  • School Grievance Officer 2012 onwards
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of International Volunteer Tourism and Social Development (JIVTSD), 2007-2011
  • Member of Peer Review Panels, European Journal of Social Work, , and the Journal of Social Work Practice 2010 onwards
  • Member of Peer Review Panels, Journal of Sociology, 2000 onwards
  • Member (1999 onwards) and Chair (2002-2010) of the Research Advisory Group, Uniting Care Burnside. Providing child and family services, aged and homeless services in NSW - The largest non-profit organisation in New South Wales
  • Academic Board member, Australian Institute of Applied Psychology (a private college providing University based degrees and masters courses in communication and counselling), 2002-2007
  • Member of the Faculty of Law Promotions Committee for Senior Lecturers 2003-2004.
  • Academic appointee to the NSW Supported Accomodation Assistance Program (SAAP) and Crisis Assistance Program (CAP) Ministerial Advisory Panel 2001-2003, Departments of Housing and Community Services.
  • Elected Member for the School of Social Work of the Research Managment Committee, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 2002-2004, Faculty of Professional Studies, 1991-1998

Teaching

Teaching Expertise
Research Methodologies; Social Policy and Interdisciplinary Sociology; Social Theory; Youth Work and Social Work Practice; Organisations and Social Work Practice

Teaching Subjects
Undergraduate

Organisaitonal Practice
Society and Social Work 1 and 2,
Organisations and Social Work Practice
Youth People, Risk and Harm
Postgraduate Subjects
Qualitative Research Methods

Postgraduate Completions (2003-2013)

2013 Dr Jonine Penrose-Wall,  To Get A Life Rather Than Suicide                                                                                                            2013 Dr Maria Nickterlein, A Postructural Reading of Family Therapy
2012 Dr Benito Folino, A Government of Advisors: the role, influence and accountability of ministerial advisers inthe New South Wales political system.
2011 Dr Jane Mowll, Transition to a New Reality- the experience of viewing or not viewing the body of a relative in the context of grief after a sudden and unexpected death
2010 Dr Juanita Sherwood ‘Why has research not improved Aboriginal Health? Researching Us Back to Health’ Social Work
2010 Dr Linda Bartolomei ‘Struggling Against The Silences: exploring Rights Based Responses To The Rape And Sexual Abuse Of Refugee Women And Girls’
2008 Dr Charlotte Smedley ‘Enduring Social Representations of Disability: A reflective qualitative study of print media, occupational therapy and disability policy.’
2007 Dr Leanne Dowse, ‘Stand Up and Give The the Fright of their Life: a study of self-advocacy for people with intellectual disability’
2006 Dr Edward Green, ‘Gay Men in the Bush: a qualitative study of NSW Men’
2003 Dr Ionie Lewis ‘Professional Identity and Social Work Trained Counselors: a qualitative study’
Master Thesis
2003 Mr Theo Hastings “Gridlocked! Working with the Homeless and Seriously Mentally Ill in a Seaside Suburb: A Qualitative Study into the value of Human Service networks in the field of Mental Health and Housing'

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision
PhD

Social Work
• Discourses and Experiences of Suicide Prevention & Mental Illness,
• Programs for Male perpetrators of DV
• Aboriginal-White Welfare Governance in Colonial NSW
• Children’s Voices and Mental Health in Family Therapy
• The Contribution of Poststructuralism to Family Therapy
• The Capabilities Approach to development and Indigenous policy: discrimination experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
• Journeys of faith interrupted; migration of identity from fundamentalist religion.

Politics and International Relations,
• The maladaptive migrant: Climate change adaptation and migration,

Criminology
Female Sexual Offending in Australia.

Affiliations and membership

The Australian Sociology Association (TASA)
The International Sociology Association, (ISA)
Past member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)
International Adviser, Social Policy and Society (UK Journal)

Related links

UNSW Gateway page for Michael Wearing

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-michael-john-wearing

Other information

1. International Journal Advisor, Social Policy and Society (2011- )

2.. Member of the Editorial Board 2007-2011, Journal of International Volunteer Tourism and Social Development (JIVTSD)

3. Member of Peer Review Panels, European Journal of Social Work (20011 onwards

4. Chair and Member of the Research Advisory Group, UnitingCare Burnside. providing child and family services, aged and homeless services in NSW - The largest Non-profit organisation in New South Wales. 1999 Onwards (Chair 2002-10)

5. Academic Board member, Australian Institute of Applied Psychology, 2002-2007. A private college providing University based degrees and masters courses in communication and counseling

6. Academic appointee to the NSW Supported Accomodation Assistance Program (SAAP) and Crisis Assistance Program (CAP) Ministerial Advisory Panel 2001-2003, Departments of Housing and Community Services.