Susan Green

Associate Professor
Adjunct Associate Professor

Susan Green is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Prior to joining the School in 2010, Susan was the Director of the Nura Gili for 8 years. Nura Gili is the Indigenous Programs Centre at UNSW, which has responsibility for Indigenous Student Recruitment and Support, Indigenous Staff Strategy, Indigenous Studies and Research, and UNSW Indigenous Strategy and Policies. During Susan’s time as Director, the number of Indigenous Students at UNSW increased dramatically. The Indigenous Winter School for year 10, 11 and 12 students was established; and the number of students (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) undertaking courses (at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels) increased.

Susan’s research interests are in Aboriginal welfare, Australian history, and decolonisation.

Research Areas


Aboriginal welfare, Australian history, social work, welfare history, decolonisation


Current Research Projects


Carers and social inclusion: New frameworks, evidence and policy lessons

Patricia L Hill, Bettina Cass, Susan Green, Susan M Yeandle. ARC Linkage Project LP110100460. This project aims to improve our understanding of informal carers' social inclusion through new conceptual frameworks, geographical and longitudinal analysis and lessons from international best practice. The outcomes of the project will inform Australia policies fostering social inclusion and the social and economic wellbeing of Australian carers.


History of Aboriginal welfare in NSW

This PhD research examines how Aboriginal welfare policies were formulated and implemented within the colony of New South Wales, through an examination of key colonial documents, such as governor’s instructions, correspondence between the governor’s and the Colonial Secretaries Office, and also a number of Inquiries into the conditions of Aboriginal people that occurred prior to 1860.




Teaching areas

Social work, Aboriginal social work, socio-legal practice


Current teaching

SOCW1001 Introduction to Social Work

SOCW2007 Social Work Practice: Bridging course

SOCW2100 Aboriginal People and Social Work

SOCW3006 Socio-legal Practice

SOCW7890 Working with Aboriginal People


Affiliation and Memberships


·      Member, Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council

·      Member, Australian Association of  Social Workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group

·      Chairperson, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE)

·      Chair, Executive Committee, UNSW Community Development Project


Subject areas


Book Chapters
Green SM, 2018, 'Aboriginal people and caring within a colonised society', in Pease B; Vreugdenhil A; Stanford S (ed.), Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work. Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring., Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 139 - 147
Green SM; Bennet B, 2017, 'Is Community development equity or justice?', in Kickett-Tucker C; Besarab D; Coffin J; Wright M (ed.), Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 128 - 141
Green SM, 2017, 'The Impoverishment of a people: The Aboriginal Experience in Australia.', in Serr K (ed.), Thinking About Poverty, edn. 4, The Federation Press, NSW, pp. 161 - 175
Green SM; Bessarab D; Zubrzycki J; Jones V; Stratton K; Young S, 2016, 'Getting it Right: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge and Practice in Australian Social Work Education', in Hart M; Burton A; Hart K; Rowe G; Halonen D; Pompana Y (ed.), International Indigenous voices in social work., pp. 133 - 150
Green SM; Bennett B; Collins A; Smith KR; Gowans B; Hennessey K, 2013, 'Walking the Journey: The student experience', in Bennett B; Green S; Gilbert S; Bessarab D (ed.), Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work, edn. Original, Palgrave MacMillan, South Yarra, pp. 206 - 229,,%20book%20copyright%20states%202013)
Green S; Baldry E, 2012, 'Indigenous Social Work Education in Australia', in Bennett B; Green S; Gilbert S; Bessarab D (ed.), Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work, Palgrave MacMillan, Sydney, pp. 166 - 177
Green SM, 2006, 'The impoverishment of a people: The Aboriginal experience', in Serr K (ed.), Thinking about Poverty, edn. 3, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 118 - 130
Baldry E; Green SM, 2003, 'Indigenous Welfare in Australia', in Aspalter C (ed.), Neoliberalism and the Australian Welfare State, edn. Original, Casa Verde Publishing, Taiwan, pp. 41 - 60
Conference Papers
Baldry E; Green SM, 2006, 'Building Indigenous Social Work Theory and Practice', in NCATSISW National Conference, NCATSISW National Conference, Canberra, presented at NCATSISW National Conference, Canberra, 03 June 2006 - 04 June 2006
Green SM; Baldry E, 2005, 'Indigenous Welfare Reform', in SPRC (ed.), Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, 01 January 2005
Baldry E; Green SM, 2003, 'Indigenous Social Work Programs at UNSW', in AASW National Conference: Cooperating for Social Justice, AASW National Conference: Cooperating for Social Justice, Canberra, pp. 29 - 29, presented at AASW National Conference: Cooperating for Social Justice, Canberra, 28 September 2003 - 01 October 2003
Journal articles
Green S; Russ-Smith J; Tynan L, 2018, 'Claiming the space, creating the future', Australian Journal of Education, vol. 62, pp. 000494411880259 - 000494411880259,
Green SM; Bennett B; Betteridge S, 2016, 'Cultural Responsiveness and social work - a discussion', Social Alternatives, vol. 35
Young S; Zubrzycki J; Green S; Jones V; Stratton K; Bessarab D, 2013, '"Getting It Right: Creating Partnerships for Change": Developing a Framework for Integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges in Australian Social Work Education', Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, vol. 22, pp. 179 - 197,
Green SM; Baldry E, 2008, 'Building Indigenous Australian Social Work', Australian Social Work, vol. 61, pp. 389 - 402,
Baldry E; Thorpe KR; Green SM, 2006, 'Urban Australian Aboriginal peoples` experience of human services', International Social Work, vol. 49, pp. 364 - 376,
Baldry E; Green SM, 2002, 'Indigenous Welfare in Australia', Journal of Societal and Social Policy, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 14