Professor Liz Beddoe

PhD, MA (Applied) Social Work, BA, CQSW, MANZASW


Liz practised as a health social worker for 12 years, specializing in women’s health. She has taught since 1994 and established the new School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work in 2008. Liz was a founding member of the Social Workers Registration Board, chaired the Board’s Education and Practice Standards Committee, is a past vice-president of the ANZASW and was awarded Association life membership in 1990.

Liz is on international advisory boards for Australian Social Work , International Social Work and the Asian Social Work and Policy Review and is a reviewer for a number of professional journals. Liz is editor-in-chief of the Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work journal. 

Liz has published articles on social work education, supervision and professional issues in journals in New Zealand and overseas. 

Liz is a founding member of the Re-Imagining Social Work Collective , a collective of social workers, social work academics, researchers and others who share a passion for, and a commitment to the development of modern, progressive, inclusive, democratic, and culturally responsive social work services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Research | Current

Liz has long-standing interests in critical perspectives on social work education, professional supervision in health and social care, the sociology of professions, the professionalization project of social work, and media framing of social issues and professions. Liz is currently involved in several research projects: an ethnography of child protection social work in England; a public perceptions project; a study of migrant professionals and an Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund study 'Enhancing readiness to practise of newly-qualified social workers in New Zealand'.

Teaching | Current

  • Critical social theory informed social work education and professional supervision
  • The sociology of social work
  • Social work, the media and the risk society
  • Identity and practice issues in health social work
  • Research methods

Postgraduate supervision

Liz has supervised, to successful completion, research projects of Doctoral and Masters candidates in the area of social work on a wide range of topics and methodologies.

She has acted as external examiner for Honours, Masters and Doctoral course work and research dissertations for different academic departments of a number of universities internationally. Current doctoral  and masters supervisions include:

  • Ide, Y. Social work in cross cultural settings and impacts of practitioners’ own cultural influences.
  • Spooner, S. Relations of care: NZ families caring for their dependent adult children with complex needs.
  • Hunt, S. An exploration of the history of social worker registration in Aotearoa New Zealand 
  • Peter, S. Interventions and strategies for cultural transitioning: Subjective perceptions of international social workers in New Zealand Aotearoa’
  • Guha, P. Diaspora of disaffection: Gender role reproduction among global Indian middle class ‘trailing spouses’ and its impact on their mental health and well being. 
  • Joy, E.  The application of early prevention sciences in child protection social work in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Mann, K Challenges and risks faced by the professionals (social workers and police) while working with the victims of family violence and the possible solutions to address these
  • Cox, K. “Wretchedness in every form”: The role of early child protection in settler-colonial capitalism in Aotearoa.
  • Hulme-Moir, K. The challenges of social work study for students with caregiving responsibilities.




Life member Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers- 1990

Social Media Presence award Australia & New Zealand Association for Social Work Education & Research-2014

Editorial Services Award Australia New Zealand Association for Social Work Education & Research- 2016

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Registered Social Worker

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Thorburn, N., & Beddoe, L. (2020). Capital Accrual and Constraints: Domestic Sex Trafficking Victims' Negotiation of Vicarious and Feminized Capital. AFFILIA-JOURNAL OF WOMEN AND SOCIAL WORK10.1177/0886109920913337
  • Worsley, A., Beddoe, L., McLaughlin, K., & Teater, B. (2020). Regulation, Registration and Social Work: An International Comparison. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 50 (2), 308-325. 10.1093/bjsw/bcz152
  • Leigh, J., Disney, T., Warwick, L., Ferguson, H., Beddoe, E., & Cooner, T. S. (2020). Revealing the hidden performances of social work practice: The ethnographic process of gaining access, getting into place and impression management. Qualitative Social Work, online first10.1177/1473325020929067
  • Ferguson, H., Warwick, L., Cooner, T. S., Leigh, J., Beddoe, E., Disney, T., & Plumridge, G. (2020). The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study. Child and Family Social Work, online first.10.1111/cfs.12746
  • Ferguson, H., Leigh, J., Conner, T. S., Beddoe, E., Disney, T., Warwick, L., & Plumridge, G. (2019). From snapshots of practice to a movie: Researching long-term social work and child protection by getting as close as possible to practice and organisational life. British Journal of Social Work10.1093/bjsw/bcz119
  • Coffey, DS, & Beddoe, E. (2019). Leadership in times of change. In M. Connolly, C. Williams, D. S. Coffey (Eds.) Strategic leadership in social work education (pp. 13-24). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-030-25052-2
  • Beddoe, E. (2019). Supervision and professional autonomy in social work. Paper presented at 3rd biennial Social Work Supervision Seminar, Singapore. 8 July - 9 July 2019.
  • Joy, E., & Beddoe, L. (2019). ACEs, Cultural Considerations and 'Common Sense' in Aotearoa New Zealand. SOCIAL POLICY AND SOCIETY, 18 (3), 491-497. 10.1017/S1474746419000046
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Eileen Joy

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