Inaugural lecture for Professor Christa Fouché Event as iCalendar


25 July 2017

5:30 - 7pm

Venue: Neon Foyer, 401.439 lecture theatre, Faculty of Engineering

Location: 20 Symonds Street, Auckland

Host: Faculty of Education and Social Work

Website: Register here

Professor Christa Fouché
Professor Christa Fouché

Knotworking: conceptualising effective practice

Many years of practising in interdisciplinary teams, teaching integrated practice, and engaging in practice research has led Fouché to critically reflect on the dimensions of effective Social Work practice.

This presentation suggests that effective practice is dependent on a deep understanding of context and on significant engagement across mono-professional silos, fragmented services, and competitive and uncertain funding. It highlights the benefits of producing and using evidence to impact practice, and the challenges of defining good evidence and measuring effective practice.

“Throughout my professional life I have been drawn to theories of collaboration and networking. I have most recently spent time on Engestrom’s activity theory, as this seems to be a theory that is highly valued in social work internationally, but underutilised in New Zealand," Christa says.

“The concept of ‘knotworking’ represents the ‘tying and untying’ of collaborative activities and seems very relevant to the focus of a presentation on the many opportunities and challenges that practice collaboration brings.

“In this lecture, I explore what it means to ‘do the right thing’ in an increasingly complex practice environment and with limited resources. I pose a challenge to academics and practitioners across disciplines and sectors, in micro and macro practice, to consider the elements of effective practice and their role in the ‘tying and untying’ that must be done to improve outcomes for the communities we serve.”

The University of Auckland's first Professor of Social Work

As the University of Auckland’s first Professor of Social Work, Fouché joins a small but growing number of professors in the social work profession. This is truly a case of the success of one being the success of many,” says Professor Fouché who joins five other professors of social work currently researching and teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand.

“Many academics and professionals have worked relentlessly over many years to ensure that social work excels as a profession and academic discipline globally. It is a privilege to hold the title as Professor of Social Work at this University as an acknowledgement of the increasingly important position of social work globally and in New Zealand.”

As an applied researcher, supervisor, examiner and board member for various professional journals, Fouché is also a strong advocate for developing and utilising research that supports the growth and sustainability of social work as an integral and important profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.