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Human Services Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Dr Kate Davies is a lecturer in human services. She is an experienced community development practitioner and her work considers the connections between community, industry, teaching and research. Her research focuses on mental health and wellbeing inequalities, especially the place of lived experience in human services practice and policy. Her recent work has explored the employment of people with disability in the disability workforce, lived experience research methods for exploring disability, mental illness and power, inclusion of families in child protection processes and young people’s experiences of debt. Kate is involved with a number of community organisations. She is a Board member for Nova for Women and Children (women’s housing service) and Community Disability Alliance Hunter (peer-led disability organisation). She has worked extensively in international development, particularly with the Red Cross Movement throughout the Asia Pacific region.


  • 2019–present
    Human Services Lecturer, University of Newcastle


  • 2012 
    University of Newcastle, PhD / Sociology