Maree Higgins

Lecturer in Social Work
Lecturer

Dr Maree Higgins, early career researcher, has expertise in human rights research with difficult to reach populations including people with disability, older people, young people and people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. She has a strong record of service provider and consumer collaboration. She is currently collaborating with the Prince of Wales Hospital to improve the patient journey into residential aged care and with the Forensic Hospital to improve service provision and policies for patients with serious mental illness. In 2018 she produced a conceptual and linguistic framework for communicating about human rights and in 2020 she was part of a team that developed online training about sexual misconduct for students engaged in university internships. Dr Higgins work has focused her on how people's cultures and lived experiences shape their understandings of human rights, significant life transitions and wellbeing, and how poetry, metaphor and storytelling can convey meaning in intercultural practice and research towards meaningful change. She is currently part of a project focusing on missing girls, a second on ethics and a third on lived experience of people from refugee backgrounds with disability. Dr Higgins currently supervises 2 PhD candidates, one examining the lived experience of forensic patients with serious mental illness and another examining the impact of digital technologies in reducing social inequities and fostering inclusiveness between workers and people with disability.

Dr Higgins has over 10 years’ experience as a social worker in clinical and management roles in cross-cultural contexts including refugee and asylum seeker services, youth services and international aid and 12 years’ experience in field education and team management. She is the Convenor of the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) at UNSW.   

Book Chapters
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Higgins M, 2019, 'Social work with refugees and migrants', in Poon AW C; Ow R (ed.), Social Work. Mental Health and Social Work, Springer
2019
Higgins M, 2019, 'Social work with refugees and migrants', in Poon AWC; Ow R (ed.), Mental Health and Social Work, Springer, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0440-8_13-1
2019
Journal articles
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Wells R; Murad M; Higgins M; Smith L; Lenette C; Lappin J; Dew A; Boydell K; Bibby H; Cassaniti M; Isaacs D; Raman S; Zwi K, 2021, 'Exploring the intersection of human rights, health, disability and refugee status: An arts-based approach', Australian Journal of Human Rights
2021
Dew A; Lenette C; Smith L; Boydell K; Bibby H; Lappin J; Coello M; Raman S; Velkou K; Wells R; Momartin S; Blunden H; Higgins M; Murad M; Barry J; Mohammad Y, 2021, '“To the Arabic community disability is not normal”: Understandings of disability among Iraqi and Syrian people from refugee backgrounds.', Journal of Refugee Studies
2021
Rollins W; Egan R; Zuchowski I; Duncan M; Chee P; Muncey P; Hill N; Higgins MS, 2017, 'Leading Through Collaboration: The National Field Education Network', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=054158805483050;res=IELHSS
2017
Higgins MS, 2017, 'Reflections on methodology for a qualitative cross-cultural study of human rights', The Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS), http://afsaap.org.au/assets/16-Maree-Higgins.pdf
2017

Baldry, E., Evans, P., Newton, BJ, Higgins, M., Trotter, C., & Sheehan, R., Missing girls: from childhood runaway to criminalised woman (2019) Total Grant Awarded: $5,000

Lenette, C., Banks, S., Milne, EJ, Nunn, C., Higgins, M., Atem, A., & Nguyen, D., (2019) Ethics and community-based participatory research in refugee studies: Co-designing a framework with refugee-background co-researchers (2019) Total Grant Awarded: $5,000

Sole: WIL Futures. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW (2019) Total Grant Awarded: $10,000

Ravulo, Fox, Higgins, Blakemore: NUW Alliance Community Hub (NUWACH). Newcastle, UNSW and Wollongong University Scheme (2018) Total Grant Awarded: $1,500

Maree has expertise regarding how culture and lived experience shapes understandings of human rights, significant life transitions and wellbeing, and how poetry, metaphor and storytelling can convey meaning in intercultural practice and research towards meaningful change. She also has expertise regarding the nexus between ethics and qualitative research practices. Maree engages in social-justice oriented research in collaboration with a range of industry, community and government organisations in relation to human rights, forced migration, criminal justice, sexual misconduct, health and welfare. 

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