Dr Matt Rankine

BA Auckland, MSW(Applied) Massey, PhD (Social Work) PGDipProfSup Auckland, MANZASW


Matt currently works as a Lecturer across the BSW, MSW(Professional) and Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision programmes. In particular Matt is involved in the delivery of a number of the Postgraduate Professional Supervision papers, Children and Families and Practice Skills papers across the BSW and MSW-P programmes. He has previously been involved with Fieldwork Education.

Matt has also provided external supervision for supervisors, Team Leaders, practitioners and students from different social work areas. He has also been a regular contributor for the ANZASW Competency panel and member on Child Protection Resource panels at Oranga Tamariki.

Matt has had over fifteen years experience within Social work and another 5 years Residential Social work working with children, young people and families. These have been in a number of state organisations, NGO and other sectors in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Matt is familiar in the areas of supervision, child protection, health and disability and has published in the areas of field education and supervision.

Recently, Matt graduated with the first PhD in Social Work within the School. Matt's research explored the area of reflective supervision within the community child welfare setting.

Research | Current

  • Professional Supervision
  • Fieldwork Education
  • Investigation and assessment tools and approaches
  • Child protection

Teaching | Current

  • Supervised Field Practice and Professional Development
  • Professional Supervision
  • Child Protection
  • Social work practice skills

Postgraduate supervision

Supervisors: Associate Professor Christa Fouché and Associate Professor Liz Beddoe

Areas of expertise

  • Professional Supervision
  • Children and families in statutory and community settings
  • International social work
  • Disability
  • Health

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Registered Social Worker, Current Annual Practising Certificate, SWRB (Social Work Registration Board)
  • Active Member of ANZASW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers)
  • Student admissions
  • Head of Programme for Professional Supervision.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Rankine, M., Beddoe, L., O'Brien M, & Fouché C (2018). What’s your agenda? Reflective supervision in community-based child welfare services. European Journal of Social Work, 21 (3), 428-440. 10.1080/13691457.2017.1326376
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Christa Fouche
  • Rankine, M. (2017). What are we thinking? Supervision as the vehicle for reflective practice in community-based child welfare services The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34215
  • Appleton, C., Rankine, M., & Hare, J. (2016). Research pods: Breaking down barriers, demystifying research for social work students and practitioners in the practice setting. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 18 (2), 107-122. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35614
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cherie Appleton
  • Rankine, M., & Thompson, A. (2015). ‘Swimming to shore’: co-constructing supervision with a thinking-aloud process. Reflective Practice, 16 (4), 508-521. 10.1080/14623943.2015.1064377
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Thompson
  • Rankine, M., & Thompson, A. (2015). ‘Swimming to shore': Co-constructing supervision with a thinking aloud process. Paper presented at Social Work Education in Europe: Towards 2025, Biccoca University, Milan, Italy. 29 June - 2 July 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Thompson
  • Appleton, C., Rankine, M., & Hare, J. (2014). An appreciative inquiry into cultivating 'fit and proper' students. Edited proceedings from the Social Workers Registration Board Conference 2013, 130-141. Wellington, N.Z.: Social Workers Registration Board.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cherie Appleton, Jenny Hare
  • Appleton, C., Rankine, M., & Hare, J. (2014). An appreciative inquiry into cultivating ‘fit and proper’ social work students. In J. Duke, M. Henrickson, L. Beddoe (Eds.) Protecting the public – enhancing the profession / E tiaki ana i te hapori-e manaaki ana i nga mahi (pp. 130-141). Wellington, New Zealand: Social Workers Registration Board.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cherie Appleton
  • Rankine, M. (2013). Getting a Different Perspective: Piloting the ‘Group Consult’ Model for Supervision in a Community-Based Setting. Practice, 25 (2), 105-120. 10.1080/09503153.2013.786696

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 504
New Zealand