Dr Lynda Shevellar joined The University of Queensland in 2009. Based in the School of Social Science, Lynda won an early career award for teaching excellence in 2011, and a University of Queensland Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019. In 2019 she also received an Australian University Teaching Award Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lynda has previously held roles in government and the community sector, and is influenced by thirty years of experience in community development, the disability sector, mental health, education, and psychology.
Lynda's research explores three closely aligned agendas: understanding the experience of people who live with heightened vulnerability; developing the awareness, agency and capacity of community to respond to social disadvantage; and aligning community development theory and education to inform practice in working alongside people who live with heightened vulnerability. Her most recent projects have explored the role of day-centres in the lives of people who are homeless, tenancy security for people with severe and persistent mental health issues, the potential of cooperatives in employment of people with disabilities, and radicalising community development through popular education. She is currently engaged in a project to explore support for the mental health and wellbeing of international university students.
Lynda has published in community development, mental health, disability, social policy, social work and education journals. Her less horrific poetry appears in Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature.
Latest journal article:
Shevellar, Lynda (2021). Teaching in the new Anthropocene: eco-anxiety and ethics in higher education. New Community 18(4) & 19(1) (72 + 73) 9-15.
Dr Lynda Shevellar
School of Social Science
The University of Queensland
Latest book publication:
The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research.
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