About Associate Professor Ruth Phillips

Social structures, inequalities and social justice Feminism; Social policy, Global Social Policy, Third Sector Research (NGOs), The Korean Welfare State

I have supervised 19 Research Higher Degree students to completion. Many of these students were international students from a range of places around the world including from: South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, the USA and Denmark.

Some of the topics of my past PhD students have researched includes:

  • Constructions of Meaning of Indigeneity in Indonesia
  • Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Informal Education in Women’s Groups in a Maasai Village in Kenya
  • NGO Networking against Human Trafficking in the Mekong Delta Region


Current students’ research I am supervising includes:
  • (De)colonising civil society activism in postcolonial Uganda
  • Post-trafficking support for sex-trafficked persons in Thailand and Australia
  • NGO Accountability towards service users – case studies in Ethiopia and Kenya


View Ruth's profile page here.

Selected publications

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
  • Phillips, R and Guthrie, R 2019, ‘Rights to protection and the state: the Australian Government's National Plan to reduce violence against women and children and victim's justice’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 54:1, pp. 1-17.
  • Phillips, R 2018, ‘Emancipatory social work with older people: challenging students to overcome the limitations of ageism and institutional oppression’, Social Work and Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory, 1 (001), https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/SWPS
  • Phillips, R 2015, ‘How Empowerment May Miss its Mark: Gender Equality Policies and How they are Understood in Women’s NGOs’, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26 (4), pp. 1122 – 1142.
  • Jung, YM, Lee, S, and Phillips, R 2015, ‘The influence of ideational contests of social policy on government welfare,’ Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development; 5 (2), pp. 57-67.
  • Phillips, R & Cree, V 2014, ‘What does the Fourth Wave Mean for Teaching Feminism in Twenty-First Century Social Work?’ Social Work Education, The International Journal, 33 (7), pp. 930-943.
  • Phillips, R & Goodwin, S 2014, ‘Third sector social policy research in Australia: new actors, new politics’, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 25 (3) Springer Publications pp. 565-584.
BOOK CHAPTERS
  • Phillips, R 2019 (Forthcoming), ‘The Welfare State and SDG 1’, in WL Filho (Editor-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer
  • Cree, V and Phillips, R 2019, ‘Feminist Contributions to Critical Social Work’, in S. Webb (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work, 1st Edition, Oxon, New York: Routledge, pp.126-136.
  • Phillips, R 2018, ‘Social Policy’, Chapter 8 in K Horton (ed.), Australia, Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals, Academics Stand Against Poverty Oceania, The Wollongong: University of Wollongong School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, pp. 48-52.
  • Phillips, R 2017, ‘The Third Sector in Asia.’ in A. Ogawa (ed.), Civil Society in Asia, Chapter 24. Oxon, UK: Taylor& Francis, pp. 362-375.
  • Phillips, R 2017, ‘Women’s Poverty: Risks and Experiences of Poverty for Australian Women’, in K Serr (ed.) Thinking about Poverty, (4th Edition) Annandale: Federation Press, pp. 137-147.