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 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 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 
  • Stanfield, D. Social work and social media 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
  • Oliver, N. mental health in news media




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)

  • 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
  • Beddoe, L. (2018). Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand: Building a Profession. Practice, 1-16. 10.1080/09503153.2018.1478955
  • Beddoe, L., & De Haan, I. (2018). Addressing concerns about child maltreatment in schools: A brief research report on social work involvement in reporting processes. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 30 (1), 58-58. 10.11157/anzswj-vol30iss1id421
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irene De Haan
  • Beddoe, L., De Haan, I., & Joy, E. (2018). ‘If you could change two things’: Social workers in schools talk about what could improve schools' responses to child abuse and neglect. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 30 (1), 45-45. 10.11157/anzswj-vol30iss1id420
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irene De Haan, Eileen Joy
  • Bartley, A., & Beddoe, L. (2018). Transnational social work: Opportunities and challenges of a global profession.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley
  • Hay, K., Maidment, J., Ballantyne, N., Beddoe, L., & Walker, S. (2018). Feeling Lucky: The Serendipitous Nature of Field Education. Clinical Social Work Journal10.1007/s10615-018-0688-z
  • Beddoe, L. (2018). Jacques Donzelot's The Policing of Families: Then and now. AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND SOCIAL WORK, 30 (2), 75-78.
  • Stanfield, D., Beddoe, L., Ballantyne, N., Lowe, S., & Renata, N. (2017). Critical conversations: Social workers’ perceptions of the use of a closed Facebook group as a participatory professional space. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 29 (3), 42-42. 10.11157/anzswj-vol29iss3id311
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deborah Stanfield

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Level 5, Room 512
New Zealand

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