Dr Peter Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University with over 20 years experience in social work education, research and practice. He is currently acting in the role of Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching for the College or Arts and Social Sciences and is the First Year Experience Coordinator in social work. Peter is a multi-award winning educator with a particular interest in the application of transformative learning theory in social work education. He is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Peter’s research and practice interests include social work education, environmental social work, sustainable community development, international social work, and international student exchange. He has published scholarly work in all of these areas.

Peter is currently involved in 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 involves 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 six years Peter has also facilitated a number of international student exchanges to both Thailand and India.


  • WS1006: Self in Professional Helping (Level 1; TSV)
  • WS2008: International Exchange (Level 2; TSV)
  • WS3214: Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice (Level 3; TSV)
  • WS5103: Community Development (Level 5; TSV)
  • 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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  • 2012 - James Cook University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (In recognition of outstanding achievement in the category of ‘partnerships and engagement).
  • 2012 - James Cook University TropEco Awards – Highly Commended (For enhancing education for sustainability in Learning, Teaching or Research)
  • 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 & Learning Academy Fellowship
  • 2014 - JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship
  • 2006 to 2017 - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Fellowship in recognition of higher education teaching and the support of learning.
  • 2016 - Invited to deliver the 2016 James Cook University 'Last Lecture'

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 61+ research outputs authored by Dr Peter Jones from 2001 onwards.

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Office for Learning and Teaching - Innovation and Development Grant

International Social Work Student Exchange: Facilitating Good Practice in Australia and Asia Pacific

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$388,000 over 2 years
Using collaborative and inclusive processes, this project will draw on data from Australian social work education providers and their international partners, to document and analyse current international student exchange practices, highlighting key issues and constraints. Merging this data with a critical literature review, the project will synthesise the knowledge created to develop transferable best-practice models in international student exchange. Focusing on enhancing relationships with the Asia-Pacific, this project aims to document, analyse, develop and disseminate exemplary practices in international social work student exchange. The project will contribute significantly to the development of mutually beneficial international student exchange programs and will support Australian tertiary educators to integrate evidence-led, transferable, good -practice principles into core curricula.
Debra Miles, Nonie Harris, Peter F Jones, Abraham Francis, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Ines Zuchowski in collaboration with Hurriyet Babacan, Julie King, S Rajeev, Piyachat and Linda Briskman (College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of New England, Queensland University of Technology, De Paul Institute of Science & Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University and Swinburne University of Technology)
Social Work; International student exchange; Internationalisation; Social Work Education; Curriculum Design

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