Associate 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 editorial 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 of the journal Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education and edited a special themed issue on critical reflection. Liz has guest-edited journal special issues on social work education (2006) and health social work (2010) for Social Work Review; health and wellbeing for Social Work Education (2011) and on supervision in social work for Australian Social Work (2012).

Liz is a member of the editorial collective which produces 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 has written recently on discourses of poverty in mainstream media.

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: moral panics and media framing of child abuse and family violence; a public perceptions project; a study of migrant professionals and she is a member of a group exploring international research on professional supervision.

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

Postgraduate supervision

Liz has supervised, to successful completion, research projects of 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 supervisions include:

  • Davys, A. Interprofessional and same profession supervision: Mapping and managing the interface between professional knowledge, practice imperatives and difference.
  • Ide, Y. Social work in cross cultural settings and impacts of practitioners’ own cultural influences.
  • Rankine, M. An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective of supervision within community social service environments.
  • Spooner, S. Relations of care: NZ families caring for their dependent adult children with complex needs.
  • Weld, N. Remaining on shaky ground: Exploring the concept of mental courage as perceived by older adults who survived the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
  • Hunt, S. An exploration of the history of social worker registration in Aotearoa New Zealand 
  • Stanfield, D. Social work and social media in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Thorburn,N. Impacts of Organisational Processes on Experiences of Trauma-Related Stress in Specialist Trauma Agencies in Aotearoa New Zealand


Current master’s supervisions include:

  • Iam, S. Calling CYFs: Primary schools experiences of reporting suspected child abuse.
  • Kirk, S. An investigation of the nature of provision of termination of pregnancy counselling within the current system of licenced abortion facilities.
  • Wilson, R. The perceived effectiveness of a Reflective Learning Model for supervision for Maori and Pasifika supervisees.


Life member Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers- 1990

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


  • Programme Leader (MSW, PGDipProfSup)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Registered Social Worker

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Beddoe, E. (2017). Harmful supervision: A commentary. Clinical Supervisor, The, 36 (1), 88-101. 10.1080/07325223.2017.1295894
  • Beddoe, E., & Joy, E. (2017). Questioning the uncritical acceptance of neuroscience in child and family policy and practice: A review of challenges to the current doxa. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 29 (1), 65-76. 10.11157/anzswj-vol29iss1id213
  • Beddoe, E., & Cree, V. E. (2017). The risk paradigm and the media in child protection. In M. Connolly (Ed.) Beyond the risk paradigm in child protection (pp. 15-28). London: Macmillan Education.
  • Michell, D., Beddoe, L., Fraser, H., & Jarldorn, M. (2017). Solidarity and support: feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30 (2), 175-189. 10.1080/09518398.2016.1242804
  • Ballantyne, N., Lowe, S., & Beddoe, L. (2017). To Post or Not to Post? Perceptions of the Use of a Closed Facebook Group as a Networked Public Space. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 35 (1), 20-37. 10.1080/15228835.2017.1277903
  • Karvinen-Niinikoski, S., Beddoe, E., Ruch, G., & Tsui, M.-S. (2017). Professional supervision and professional autonomy. In Blom, B, L. Evertsson, M. Perlinski (Eds.) Social and caring professions in European welfare states (pp. 53-66). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Beddoe, L. (2016). Supervision in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand: Challenges in changing contexts. The Clinical Supervisor, 35 (2), 156-174. 10.1080/07325223.2016.1217497
  • Beddoe, L., & Davys, A. (2016). Challenges in Professional Supervision: Current Themes and Models for Practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Pages: 248.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allyson Davys

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Level 5, Room 512
New Zealand

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