DR Sarah Wise

DR Sarah Wise




  • Dr Sarah Wise is the Department of Social Work’s Good Childhood Fellow. With a background in developmental psychology and social policy, she is research active in the areas of child protection, early childhood and interventions in complex social systems. She is currently leading a study of unborn children at risk of future harm, a developmental study of very young children in out-of-home care as well as two program evaluations in home-based care and leaving care. Sarah has also developed a system leadership framework to embed systemic inquiry in the management of public service systems, which she is assisting community service local area networks to implement. Sarah has also established MABL (Mobilising change Agents for Better Lives); a social innovation program infused with systems thinking for shaping public policy and driving community change.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2007
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1996
  • BA (HONS), University of Melbourne 1993


Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • My fields of expertise are child welfare (spanning child protection, family support and community change), early childhood development and social policy. I have methodological expertise in quantitative scales of measurement, survey methods and social innovation. I am available to supervise graduate research students in these content and methodological areas of study.