Associate Professor Deanna Grant-Smith

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Doctor of Philosphy (Griffith University), Master of Business (Communication Studies) (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma of Sciences Communication (Central Queensland University), Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate in Management Communication (Other), Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) (Griffith University)

The pursuit of social justice and sustainability is at the heart of my teaching and research.

I have extensive experience conducting research in a government and academic context. In addition to researching the potential for exploitation and exclusion presented by unpaid work and emerging forms of unpaid and unwaged work, I currently research stakeholder engagement with a focus on marginalised or disadvantaged groups, particularly young people and women, and cultural and political engagements with waste.

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I have more than 20-years experience within the government and academic sectors researching, providing policy analysis and advice, and developing and delivering consultative approaches to inform strategic evidence-based decision-making for infrastructure planning, Indigenous boating safety, transport disadvantage, pollution prevention, participatory planning, staff training and development, and organisational strategy and development.

I am open to receiving requests for supervision from Honours, MPhil and PhD students seeking to undertake critical qualitative research broadly aligned with any of my areas of research interest and expertise.

Responsible management practices:  Just work is concerned with the social, economic and cultural inequalities of paid and unpaid employment. I research the potential for exploitation and exclusion presented by unpaid internships and unwaged work, as well as emergent employment arrangements such as surge workforces, and the institutional and policy responses required to safeguard the wellbeing of all workers.

Unspeakable problems: To explain high levels of regulatory resistance to policies I theorised a new form of wicked problem - unspeakable problems - characterised by high levels of psychosocial sensitivity and verbal proscription. I have explored several unspeakable problems including the public acceptance of recycled water, recreational marine pollution prevention, innovation in death industries, and Indigenous disadvantage.

Sustainable governance & stakeholder engagement: Sustainable governance is vital for enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion and meeting environmental goals. I have researched the regulation and responsibilisation of heterotopic and ludic spaces, participatory approaches to disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation, and gender-sensitive infrastructure and mobility policies. I have a particular interest in the potential for radical, grassroots and insurgent practices to force change at the local and organisational level.

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2020
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Associate Professor Grant-Smith was awarded the inaugural Carumba Institute Embedding Indigenous Perspectives Outstanding Proposal Award
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2020
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Associate Professor Grant-Smith was awarded Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the Higher Education Academy. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an international organization which promotes excellence in teaching and learning. This award demonstrates an emerging engagement with Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning.
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Other
Reference year
2020
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Associate Professor Grant-Smith was named a 2020 World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) Champion for Change by the Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) and National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). This award recognises those who regularly go above and beyond to make the Australasian tertiary education landscape more inclusive and accessible
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
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Dr Grant-Smith was awarded an Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. AAUT Awards recognise the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students.
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Other
Reference year
2020
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Associate Professor Grant-Smith was awarded a Case Writing Scholarship from the Case Centre UK
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
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Dr Grant-Smith was named the 2016 Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Early Career Researcher. This award recognises the research and scholarly achievements of emerging researchers who are at an early stage of their academic career.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Dr Grant-Smith was awarded a QUT Vice-Chancellors Performance Award for research excellence in recognition of a significant and superior contribution to the work of the university.
Type
Other
Reference year
2016
Details
Dr Grant-Smith was awarded the 2016 Higher Education Research Network (HERN) Best Higher Education Research Publication Award Early Career.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
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Dr Grant-Smith was awarded a QUT Vice-Chancellors Performance Award for teaching excellence in recognition of a significant and superior contribution to the work of the university.
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2015
Details
Dr Grant-Smith was awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an international organization which promotes excellence in teaching and learning.
  • The Social Construction of Spaces of Spas and the Identity of the Masseuse in Sri Lanka
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Robyn Mayes
  • Minding My Own Business: Small Business Owner's Decision Making During a Response to a Natural Disaster in Southeast Queensland, Australia
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Amisha Mehta
  • EXPLORING WASTE MANAGEMENT OPTIONS FOR END-OF-LIFE DOMESTIC COOLING APPLIANCES
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Bree Hurst
  • Co-Designing with Older Adults: A Tech-enhanced Environmental Eudaemonic Experience (E3) Framework
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Janice Rieger
  • Shop floor worker voice in the Strategic CSR agenda of the Sri Lankan apparel industry
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Robyn Mayes
  • Becoming professional in the absence of a profession: Professional Identity development in generalist degrees
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Bernd Irmer
  • What is the 'Problem' with Autism? Discursive Representations and Implications for a National Autism Employment Strategy
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Bernd Irmer
  • Exploring cues in the workplace that employees use to interpret the importance of financial risk management behaviour
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Bernd Irmer
  • Applying critical systems thinking and practice to improve complex social service program outcomes
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor John Bensley
  • Contested spaces: Meeting divergent community needs through public toilet provision
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Janice Rieger
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