Dr Peter Jones is anAdjunct Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University with over 25 years experience in social work education, research and practice. Amongst other roles he was recently the First Year Experience Coordinator in social work. He has chaired a number of Learning and Teaching related committees within the university, acted as Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, and was appointed as the Faculty Curriculum Scholar in the Faculty of Arts Education and Social Sciences. Peter is a multi-award winning educator, with two National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. He has a particular interest in the application of transformative learning theory in social work education and is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). 

Peter is a founder and current co-convenor of 'Social Workers for Climate Action' (SW4CA), an alliance of social work educators, practitioners and students committed to raising awareness of the impacts of climate change and encouraging climate action from within the profession and more broadly. In 2020 Peter was appointed to the Australian Association of Social Workers' (AASW) National Advisory Panel on Climate Change, and has been active in political lobbying as part of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA). Peter is also actively involved in a number of other community-based organisations and social movements directed at environmental and climate justice.

In addition to his environmental advocacy, he is also deeply interested and engaged in international social work education and was recently part of a large-scale research project funded by the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching looking at international student exchange in social work education in Australia. This project involved collecting data from Australian social work academics and students as well as from international ‘host’ institutions in a number of countries in the Asia Pacific. Over the past 10 years Peter has also facilitated a number of international student exchanges to both Thailand and India, and with colleagues has developed resources for supporting students in the critical preparation required for engaging in international exchanges.

Peter’s research and practice interests include social work education, eco-social work, sustainable community development, international social work, and international student exchange. He has published scholarly work in all of these areas.


  • Eco-social work. The emerging area of environmental or eco-social work is of great interest to me as we are increasingly required to respond to the impacts of environmental issues such as climate change.
  • International social work education. I am interested in exploring how students develop a consciousness as 'global citizens' and the role that international study experiences might play in this process.
  • International Student Exchange. I am interested in how we can best facilitate meaningful and critically informed learning for students engaged in short-term international exchange experiences.
  • Eco-social work curriculum. The question of how we can integrate material on the natural environment and sustainability into the social work curriculum is an important and interesting challenge that I am deeply interested in.
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  • 2019 - James Cook University Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2018 - James Cook University Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2012 - James Cook University TropEco Awards – Highly Commended (For enhancing education for sustainability in Learning, Teaching or Research)
  • 2012 - James Cook University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (In recognition of outstanding achievement in the category of ‘partnerships and engagement).
  • 2010 - James Cook University Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2009 - James Cook University Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2009 - National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2007 - National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2014 - JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship
  • 2014 - JCU Teaching & Learning Academy Fellowship
  • 2006 to 2021 - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Fellowship in recognition of higher education teaching and the support of learning.
  • 2020 - Appointed to the AASW National Advisory Panel on Climate Change
  • 2016 - Invited to deliver the 2016 James Cook University 'Last Lecture'

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 67+ research outputs authored by Dr Peter Jones from 2001 onwards.


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  • An Exploration of the Impact of Raising Children with Anxiety on Maternal Well-being in the North Queensland Region (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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