Adjunct Associate Professor Nonie Harris’s research focuses on feminist methodologies, feminist theory and practice, work integrated learning, teaching research and child care policy in cross national contexts.

Nonie's research draws on her social work practice experience, engagement with women’s services and a commitment to research informed teaching. Her research on hospital social work practice, childcare policy, teaching research and international social work student exchange was funded by competitive internal and external research grants - from the Don Chipp and Ian Potter Foundations, and the Office of Learning and Teaching.

Nonie values her prolonged engagement with Townsville’s women’s services, particularly as President and Vice President of the NQCWS (the Women's Centre) Management Committee and as President of the Management Committee of the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service.


  • The impact of formal child care policy on women’s access to quality child care
  • Best practice in teaching research to social work students
  • International social work student exchange
  • 2016 to 2022 - Associate Professor and Head of Social Work (2017-18), Social Work and Human Services (Townsville)
  • 1997 to 2015 - Assoc. Lecturer/Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Head of Social Work (2010-12), Social Work and Community Welfare, JCU (Townsville)
  • 1996 - Senior Research Assistant, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, JCU (Townsville)
  • 1992 to 1994 - Project Consultant, Work and Child Care Advisory Service (Melbourne)
  • 1989 to 1992 - Director, Choices for Children (Santa Clara, California, USA)
  • 1986 to 1988 - Parent Counsellor, Community Coordinated Child Development Council (San Jose, California, USA)
Research Disciplines
  • 2015 - Primary Advisor of the Year
  • 2010 - Faculty of Arts Education and Social Sciences Research Performance Award, A and A* Publications
  • 2009 - Faculty Research Ideas Contest: Winner of the Early Career Researcher Category
  • 2015 - Management committee member and President (commencing 2022), North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service.
  • 2013 - International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • 2000 - Australian Association of Social Workers
  • 2005 to 2014 - President (3yrs), Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the North Queensland Combined Women's Services (the Women's Centre)
  • 2018 - Awarded Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) grant by the Government of India
  • 2015 - Recognition from the Dean of Graduate Research for being the primary advisor of two former HDR candidates who received the 2015 Dean's Award for Research Excellence
  • 2012 - Convener, The 2nd International Women’s Conference: Connecting for Action in the Asia-Pacific Region

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 54+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Nonie Harris from 2002 onwards.

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Epilepsy Queensland Inc. - Consultancy

Improving access to disability information and supports in Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook Shires

Indicative Funding
$24,541 over 1 year
As an evaluator, JCU will work collaboratively with the project leader from Epilepsy Queensland and evaluate both the research process and outcome. During this participatory evaluation process, a number of activities will be undertaken such as field visits to Ingham and Charters Towers, Designing the evaluation process, meeting with community leaders, consumers and family members. The outcome of the evaluation will be documented as a report for the organisation, and based on the feedback received, strategies for improving access to disability information and supports in Charter Towers and Hinchinbrook Shires will be made available for consideration.
Abraham Francis and Nonie Harris in collaboration with Muriel Lin (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Disabilities; Community; Access to Health Care; Evaluation

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Field education for eco-social work practice ready graduates (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Iranian migrant integration experience into the Australian labour market under the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Information and Support needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) Living with Cancer in Regional Areas (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • A Feminist Analysis of the Settlement Experiences of Women from Diverse Countries of Africa who have Arrived as Humanitarian Entrants to Regional North Qld (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • An Exploration of the Impact of Raising Children with Anxiety on Maternal Well-being in the North Queensland Region (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Wellbeing of Indian Diaspora: Explorative studies in Queensland,Australia. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Crafting wellbeing: Exploring Human Service workers? and organisational managers? views of using creative activities to prevent and address work related stress. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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