Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Marie Sheahan

Dr Marie Sheahan

Profile

Dr Marie Sheahan is a sociologist who teaches in leisure and health at CSU. Her areas of research include disability, rural social service delivery, welfare reform, environmental justice and education for sustainability. Her work draws on political economy, sociology and critical studies.  Her PhD was concerned with exploring the effects of neoliberal development on the community welfare sector in Australia. Her practice work has been in disability services and service development. In addition to her academic work she is also a rural disability advocate. She has contributed to a recent DEWHA project investigating education for sustainability for healthcare workers. She is engaged in community development projects that aim to build links between universities, communities and organisations focused on building sustainable practices and livelihoods.

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Teaching

  • Leisure Studies
  • Health Policy
  • Leisure and Community Development
  • Leisure and Diversity
  • Leisure and Health Promotion
  • Disability Issues for Families

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Research

NGO advocacy; language, welfare reform and advocacy; leisure and disability; citizenship and disability; the development of collaborative models of community practice; social and environmental sustainability in human services

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PhD thesis

  • 2014,  'Inside the tent with half a loaf of bread': A critical analysis of the neoliberalisation of community welfare organisations, Faculty of Business, Charles Sturt University, Albury.

Selected publications

  • 2010, with Helen Masterman-Smith, Jillian Dunphy & Robin Harvey: Health Education for Sustainability: A Higher Education Curriculum Handbook, ILWS, Charles Sturt University.
  • 2009, with Luch Lo Bartolo: Industrial relations reform and the occupational transition of Australian workers: A critical discourse analysis in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation 32 (4) pp. 407-415.
  • 2008, Do unto others: Moving from deficit based leisure assessments for people with disabilities to mutual, collaborative and relational models, Australasian Journal of Diversional Therapy.
  • 2006, Why language is important: a critical discourse analysis of advocacy, community welfare organisations and social policy change in the Australian context: Whiteford, G. (ed) Voice Identity and Reflexivity: Proceedings of the Second Ripple Qualitative Research as Interpretive Practice Conference 2005, Charles Sturt University, 22 -23 September.
  • 2005, Meeting the challenges of distance education in a regional university through the development of multimedia resources with Janet Buchan, Rosemary Black and Jonathon Howard: ODLAA Conference: Breaking down the boundaries: The international experience in open, distance and flexible education, Adelaide November.
  • 2005, Inside the tent with half a loaf of bread: A critical discourse analysis of advocacy, community welfare, mutual obligation and active participation programmes in Australia : Proceedings of the 4 th Annual European Conference in Research Methods (ECRM), Universite Dauphine , Paris, 21-22 April

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Memberships

  • Member of DTA (Diversional Therapy Association of Australia)
  • Member of ANZALS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies)

Independent advocate

  • JO4 Project, ADAHC, Albury.

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