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'. Work is currently underway to analyse data from a study of social work students' wellbing and hardships.

Recent Publications

Beddoe, L., Ferguson, H., Warwick, L., Disney, T., Leigh, J., & Cooner, T. S. (2021). Supervision in child protection: A space and place for reflection or an excruciating marathon of compliance? European Journal of Social Work, 1-13.

Beddoe , L. (2021). External supervision in social work In K. O'Donoghue & L. Engelbrecht (Eds.), The Routledge International handbook of social work supervision. Routledge.

Davys, A., Fouché, C., & Beddoe, L. (2021). Mapping effective interprofessional supervision practice. The Clinical Supervisor, 1-21. doi:10.1080/07325223.2021.1929639

Ferguson, H., Disney, T., Warwick, L., Leigh, J., Cooner, T. S., & Beddoe, L. (2020). Hostile relationships in social work practice: anxiety, hate and conflict in long-term work with involuntary service users. Journal of Social Work Practice, 35(1), 19-37. doi:10.1080/02650533.2020.1834371

Ferguson, H., Warwick, L., Disney, T., Leigh, J., Cooner, T. S., & Beddoe, L. (2020). Relationship-based practice and the creation of therapeutic change in long-term work: social work as a holding relationship. Social Work Education, 1-19. doi:10.1080/02615479.2020.1837105

Gair, S., Zuchowski, I., & Beddoe, L. (2021). Open access publishing: A key enabler to research impact, informed practice and social justice. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 22(2), 25-38.

Kan, K. L., Connor, H., & Beddoe, L. (2020). Accessing social service support: Barriers experienced by Chinese migrants living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 32(4), 14. doi:10.11157/anzswj-vol32iss4id800

Maidment, J., Hay, K., Beddoe, L., Ballantyne, N., & Walker, S. (2020). The contribution of field education towards professional accountability In R. Egan, N. Hill, & W. Rollins (Eds.), Challenges, opportunities and innovations in social work field education (pp. 56-): Routledge

Oliver, N., Beddoe, L., & Adamson, C. (2020). Mental health and the news media in Aotearoa New Zealand: Key informant perspectives. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 32(4), 14. doi:10.11157/anzswj-vol32iss4id802

Rankine, M., & Beddoe, L. (2020). The space to think critically: How supervision can support sustainable practice in social service organisations. In B. R. Crisp & A. Taket (Eds.), Sustaining Social Inclusion (pp. 171-185): Routledge.

Teaching | Current

  • Critical social theory informed social work education and professional supervision
  • The sociology of social work
  • 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:

  • 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
  • Laurenson- Elder, R. What works at work: In what ways does counselling and coaching contribute to supporting professionals who are having difficulty coping in the New Zealand workplace?
  • Price, E. Conversations about death in the classroom – the knowledge and perspectives of Aotearoa New Zealand teachers on preparing primary aged students for encounters with death.
  • Kew, C. Addressing cultural competency and cultural safety in healthcare among the Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African (AMELAA) ethnic communities in New Zealand
  • 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.
  • Alesana- Rennie, B. Experience of school counsellors and principals in relation to social work support
  • Doherty-McNab, T. Factors that lead to social work students to consider dropping out and factors that influence their decision to stay in study.




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


Programme leader for the Master of Social Work 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Registered Social Worker
  • Editor in Chief Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Peter, S., Beddoe, L., & Bartley, A. (2020). Navigating the territories of transition: An exploration of the experiences of transnational social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand. INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WORK10.1177/0020872820956261
  • 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., & Hayes, T. (2019). “Social Justice for all!” (Terms and Conditions Apply): the silence of social work in relation to abortion-rights advocacy. Paper presented at 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, York, UK. 22 July - 26 July 2019.

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