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:

  • 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.
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Kan, KL An Exploration of the Barriers of Accessing Social Support Experienced by Retired Chinese Migrants, aged 65+ living in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Fatani, LL Ko ‘Api’ a e kamata ‘anga’ o e me’a kotoa pe: Exploring the significance of Tongan parent-child relationships and its impact on the education prospect of Tongan youth in Auckland, 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






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)

  • 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
  • Disney, T., Warwick, L., Ferguson, H., Leigh, J., Cooner, T. S., Beddoe, E., ... Osborne, T. (2019). “Isn't it funny the children that are further away we don't think about as much?”: Using GPS to explore the mobilities and geographies of social work and child protection practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 39-49. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.02.029
  • Hay, K., Maidment, J., Ballantyne, N., Beddoe, L., & Walker, S. (2019). Feeling Lucky: The Serendipitous Nature of Field Education. CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK JOURNAL, 47 (1), 23-31. 10.1007/s10615-018-0688-z
  • Leigh, J., Beddoe, E., & Keddell, E. (2019). Disguised compliance or undisguised nonsense? A critical discourse analysis of complianceand resistance in social work practice. Families, Relationships and Societies, online first10.1332/204674319X15536730156921
  • Ballantyne, N., Hay, K, Beddoe, L., Maidment, J., & Walker, S. (2019). Mapping and visualizing the social work curriculum. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 37 (2-3), 184-202. 10.1080/15228835.2019.1609386
  • Beddoe, L., Ballantyne, N., Maidment, J., Hay, K., & Walker, S. (2019). Troubling trauma-informed policy in social work education: Reflections of educators and students in Aotearoa New Zealand. British Journal of Social Work, online first10.1093/bjsw/bcz052
  • de Haan, I., Joy, E., Beddoe, L., & Iam, S. (2019). "The tip of the iceberg": Multiple thresholds in schools' detecting and reporting of child abuse and neglect. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 96, 278-285. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.10.034
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irene De Haan, Eileen Joy
  • Beddoe, L., Hay, K., Maidment, J., Ballantyne, N., & Walker, S. (2018). Readiness to practice social work in Aotearoa New Zealand: perceptions of students and educators. Social Work Education, 1-13. 10.1080/02615479.2018.1497152

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Level 5, Room 512
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