About Associate Professor Margot Rawsthorne

Margot's research focuses on the experience of inequality, particularly shaped by gender, location and sexuality. Margot's current research projects focus on community change through community development initatives (Glebe Community Development Project) and rural young people. She has published extensively on the experiences of lesbian parents and third sector issues.

She has a strong commitment to supporting the developing research capacity of the non-government sector. Over recent years she has collaborated on a number of small research projects with agencies such as Liverpool Women's Health Centre, Joan Harrisons Support Services for Women, the Welfare Rights Centre and the P&C Federation of NSW. This research collaboration aims to ensure the relevance and usefulness of academic research and scholarship.


Research interests include:
Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change
Social work and social policy
  •     Community services
  •     Civil society
  •     Social policy

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Selected publications

  • Rawsthorne, M., De Pree-Raghavan, A. (2019). 'Are we welcome here?' Building trust through community based research. In A. Kover & G. Franger (Eds.), University and society: Interdependencies and exchange, (pp. 140-158). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2019). 'Teaching' social justice through community-embedded learning. In K. Freebody, S. Goodwin & H. Proctor (Eds.), Higher education, pedagogy and social justice: Politics and practice, (pp. 157-172). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Terare, M., Rawsthorne, M. (2019). Country is yarning to me: Worldview, health and well-being amongst Australian First Nations People. British Journal of Social Work, Online first. [More Information]
  • Howard, A., Rawsthorne, M. (2019). Everyday community practice: Principles and practice. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin.
  • Rawsthorne, M. (2019). Introduction. In D. Baines, B. Bennett, S. Goodwin, M. Rawsthorne (Eds.), Working Across Difference: Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice, (pp. 1-10). London: Red Globe Press.
  • Terbish, B., Rawsthorne, M. (2019). The state and civil society: the case of Citizens' Groups in the ger districts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Community Development Journal, Online first. [More Information]
  • Baines, D., Bennett, B., Goodwin, S., Rawsthorne, M. (2019). Working Across Difference: Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice. London: Red Globe Press.
  • Rawsthorne, M., Kinsela, G., Paxton, K., Luscombe, G. (2019). Young person's well-being: Exploring material, subjective and relational factors. Children Australia, 44(1), 13-22. [More Information]