Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Monica Short

 Monica Short

Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Welfare (Welfare and Social Policy)


Collaboration is fundamental to Monica Short's research and teaching. Monica has a degree in Social Work and a Master of Social Welfare (Welfare and Social Policy). She is currently completing a Ph.D. by publications through Charles Sturt University (CSU) titled – 'The Australian Anglican Church engaging with people living with disabilities and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in rural, regional and remote communities'. She has worked for over 20 years in large government organisations, including professional, project management, and managerial roles.

Monica coordinates the International Network of Co-operative Inquirers and jointly coordinates a social work and humanities teaching and learning during and post-COVID-19 think tank. Monica is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. She is also a member of the Anglican Church of Australia Mission and Ministry Commission. From 2017 to 2018, she was co-chair of the ACT/NSW Combined Universities Field Education Group.

In 2020, Monica received The Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Field-University Collaboration Award; and was one of a group of recipients who received a CSU Excellence Award. In 2016 Monica received the Australian New Zealand Social Work, Welfare and Research Field Placement Recognition Award for championing innovative models for research.

Monica is based in Canberra.

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The heutagogical principle of collaborative learning characterises Monica's teaching. Monica is a part-time social work lecturer and social sciences researcher at Charles Sturt University. She is both teaching and research active. Her personal teaching pedagogy is, 'To enable students to think critically about their evolving context, to foster resilience and skills, to instigate change and to maintain social work values' (Short, Trembath, Duncombe & Whitaker, 2018, p. 12). Monica teaches in accordance with the CSU Strategic Focus of fostering belonging and connectedness.

She has course coordinated, convened, tutored in and/or marked the following subjects:

  • Indigenous Academic Success Program
  • HCS303 Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS402 Social Work Field Education 2
  • HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
  • HCS200 Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Foundations of Practice
  • HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Foundations of Practice
  • SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A
  • WEL418 Case Management
  • WEL523 Contemporary Theories of Case Management

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Research Interests

The psycho-social-spiritual-physical resilience and well-being of individuals and communities in their environments are the focus of Monica's research. Her personal research narrative is to generate meaning that enhances and respects individuals, groups and communities within practice, education and research (Short, Barton, Cooper, Woolven, Loos & Devos, 2017, p. 104). Honouring emic (insider) and etic (outsider) knowledge, valuing relationships, collaboration, sharing power, promoting social justice and upholding egalitarian principles are central principles for her research (Short, 2018, p. 233). Monica applies an integrated lens with an epistemological base in social work, sociology and theology in her work; and she utilises methodologies such as co-operative inquiry, ethnography, literature review, and case studies. Her research contributes to the CSU research narrative of the development of individuals and thriving communities with strong social frameworks where harmony resides.

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Social Work
  • Bowles, W., Fox, M., Short, M., & Waugh, F. (2020). Collaboration in social work field education. In R. Regan, N. Hill, & W. Rollins (Eds.), Challenges, opportunities and innovations in social work field education. Routledge.
  • Rush, E., Short, M., Burningham, G. & Cartledge, J. (2020). Philosophy and ethics: Sustaining social inclusion in the disability sector. In Crisp, B. & Taket, A. (Eds), Sustaining Social Inclusion. Routledge. Link
  • Short, M., Trembath, K. S., Duncombe, R., Whitaker, L., & Wiman, G. (2018). Contemporizing teaching case management: Mapping the tensions. Social Work Education: The International Journal, online(August), 1-15.
  • Short, M., Dempsey, K., Ackland, J., Rush, E., Heller, E., & Dwyer, H. (2018). What is a person? Deepening students’ and colleagues’ understanding of person-centeredness. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, 20(1), 139-156.
  • Thomas, C., Short, M., & Barton, H. (2018). Insights - Making the invisible visible in education and practice. In M. Pawar, W. Bowles, & K. Bell (Eds.), Social work: Innovations and insights (pp. 175-187). North Melbourne, Vic.: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Jones-Mutton, T., Short, M., Bidgood, T., & Jones, T. (2015). Field Education: Off-site social work supervision in rural, regional and remote Australia. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education, 17(1), 83-97.
  • Healy, J., Tillotson, N., Short, M., & Hearn, C. (2015). Social work field education: Believing in supervisors who are living with disabilities. Disability and Society, 30(7), 1087-1102.
  • Hearn, C., Short, M., & Healy, J. (2014). Social Work Field Education: Believing in Students who are living with a Disability. Disability and Society, 29(9), 1343-1355.
  • Short, M., Russell, D., & Bidgood, T. (2011). Watch out for moon walking bears. In H. Barton, M. Short, T. Jones-Mutton (Eds.), Centrelink social work conference papers 2011. Engaging with the community - real people, real lives, real stories, Wagga Wagga: CSU.
  • Anscombe, A. W., Murrell-Orgill, K., & Short, M. (Eds.). (2005). Social Work: Engaging Indigenous Communities (3rd ed.). Wagga Wagga, NSW: CSU.
Research Methodology
  • Short, M. (2018). The co-operative inquiry research method: A lived experience. In M. Pawar, W. Bowles, & K. Bell (Eds.), Social work: Innovations and insights. (pp. 232-244). North Melbourne, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Short, M., Barton, H., Cooper, B., Woolven, M., Loos, M. & Devos, J. (2017). The power of the case study within practice, education and research. Advances in Social Work & Welfare Education. 19(1): p. 92-106
  • Short, M., & Healy, J. (2017). Writing 'with' not 'about': Examples in Co-operative Inquiry. In S. Gair & A. V. Luyun (Eds.), Sharing Qualitative Research: Showing Lived Experience and Community Narratives. (pp. 188-203). London, UK: Routledge.
Co-operative Inquiry Research Workshop information
  • Short, M. (2018). Introduction to Co-operative Inquiry. Association of Social Workers Online Training (SWOT). online: Australian Association of Social Workers and Combined University Field Education Group. (Please email me at for a copy of the workshop.)
Spirituality, religion, faith
  • Short, Mark, & Short, Monica. (2019). Relocating in Christ: Churches and migration in rural Australia. In Reimagining home: Understanding, reconciling and engaging with God's stories together (pp. 77-96). Macquarie Park, Sydney: Morling Press.
  • Kime, K., & Short, M. (2019). Engaging with Aboriginal peoples: Challenging inequality in the rural Australian Anglican Church from a sociological, social work and theological perspective. Australasian Pentecostal Studies Journal, 20(2019), 35-54. Retrieved from
  • Short, M., Seiffert, M., Haynes, R., & Haynes, L. (2018). Church, Disability, and Rurality: The Lived Experience. Journal of Disability and Religion, 18(1), 1-26.
  • Short, M. (2018). Anglican Churches engaging with people living with disabilities. Sydney, NSW: The Bush Church Aid Society, CBM Australia - Luke 14 Program. Link:
  • Naden, K., Riches, F., Wighton, M., & Short, M. (2017). A Celebration of God's Faithfulness: AEF History, Testimonials, Indigenous Theology, Sermons and Bible Studies. AEF. Link 
  • Tillotson, N., Short, M., Ollerton, J., Hearn, C and Sawatzky, B. (2017). Faith matters: From a disability lens. Journal of Disability and Religion. 21(3): p. 319-337.‚Äč
  • Short, M., Broughton, G., Short, M., Ochala, Y., & Anscombe, B. (2017). Connecting to belonging: A cross-disciplinary inquiry into rural Australian Anglican Church engagements with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 32(1), 119-133.
  • Short, M. (2015). The Anglican Church of Australia and engagement with people living with disabilities. St Mark's Review, 232(July 2), 123 - 138.
  • Short, M. (2015). Three Anglican Churches engaging with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Sydney, NSW: Bush Church Aid. Link:

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