Professor Marie Connolly joined the University of Melbourne in 2010 following a five year senior executive appointment within the New Zealand government as Chief Social Worker. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor and Head of Department at the University of Canterbury, and founding Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. She has been engaged as a consultant to governments across international jurisdictions and within Australia. She has recently been working with the NSW government and NGO sector on their transitioning children in care project. She also sits on ministerial and government committees relating to her area of expertise. Her child welfare practice, academic and consulting careers span over 30 years in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has held honorary professorships at the University of Auckland and the Skondal Institute in Stockholm. She has published extensively, including 12 books in her area of scholarship. Her research interests include: the research-practice-interface in child protection; children in statutory care; family group conferencing and family engagement strategies in child welfare; reforming child protection systems; and rights-based practice in child and family welfare.
Her teaching areas reflect her areas of research and scholarship: child and family welfare; and social work theory and practice. Creating frameworks that facilitate knowledge transfer has been a particular are of interest.
Australian Association of Social Workers.
Professional Associations 2013 - 2015
Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.
Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers 2005 - 2015
My research interests include: the research-practice interface in child protection; children in statutory care; family group conferencing and family engagement strategies in child welfare; reforming child protection systems; and rights-based practice in child and family welfare.