Manohar Pawar

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Professor Manohar Pawar

Professor in Social Work
Wagga Wagga
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Manohar Pawar, BA, MASW and PhD, is Professor of Social Work at the School of Social Work and Arts, Charles Sturt University (New South Wales, Australia) and a member of the Institute for Land Water and Society. He has more than thirty years of experience in social work education, research and practice in Australia and India. Earlier he has taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and La Trobe University. He is the lead chief investigator of research funded by the Australian Research Council's Discovery Project, which focuses on virtues and social work practice.  In addition to coordinating PhD and DSW programs, he teaches several subjects relating to social work and social policy, international social development and field education in international contexts, and undertakes research that integrates his teaching and practice interests. These details may be viewed by clicking respective tabs.


Prof. Pawar follows a combination pedagogical and andragogical approach to teach the following subjects in the BSW, MSW, other Post graduate and Research Higher Degree programs.

  • SPE401 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
  • SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Planning
  • SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
  • SWK414 International Social Development
  • SWK703 Social Work Research Critique and Publication
  • SWK704 Dissertation Development


Prof.  Pawar's research is guided by a mixed methods approach that combines a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. He also tries to integrate teaching and practice interest in his research.  Prof. Pawar has received over a half million dollars in research grants and has more than 100 publications. His current areas of interest include international social work, development and social policy, social work and social policy practice, social consequences of climate change and water, social work education, informal care and ageing, NGOs and community development, and virtues and social work practice. He supervises both PhD and DSW research areas and several students have successfully completed their research degrees under his supervision.  Prof. Pawar also co-leads research seminars to facilitate research culture and quality research activities and outcomes.​ Prof. Pawars' research and professional activities have significant engagement with and impact on end users both at local and global levels.


  • President of the International Consortium for Social Development (2017- )
  • President of the Asia-Pacific branch of the International Consortium for Social Development. (2006- 2017)
  • Founding Editor in chief: Community and Social Development Journal (under planning, ​first issue is expected in 2018, to be published by Sage Publications)
  • ​Member of several professional associations:
  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (to be renewed)
  • Member of the Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare education
  • Member of the International Consortium for Social Development
  • Life Member of the Indian Society of Criminology;  the Indian Society of Victimology; and  the Indian Institute of Public Administration​
  • Editorial contribution to several leading refereed journals include:
    -Consulting editor: Social Development Issues
    -Member of the Editorial Board: Asia-Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development (ended in 2016)
    -Member of the Editorial Board, International Social Work.
  • In addition, peer reviewer for Australian Social Work, The Social Science Journal and the British Journal of Social Work.
  • Invited panel/plenary/keynote speaker.
  • Informal and mentoring and support.


  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2008, the Australian Learning  and Teaching Council.
  • Quality of Life Award 2001, the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
  • Charles Sturt Faculty of Arts and Education Award for Academic Excellence (2009), Teaching Excellence (2006) and Research Excellence (2001).
  • Several research fellowships

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