Dr Joanne Clarke

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Lecturer, Faculty of Health

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (Class 1) (James Cook Uni. of North Qld)

Dr Joanne Clarke is a lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. Jo is a social worker who has worked extensively in the areas of homelessness, domestic violence and family law, performing roles across direct service delivery, management, community development and advocacy. Her interest in working with women and violence led her to specialise in family law mediation, an area in which she practised for several years. Her most recent area of research is focused on improving the experience for women with histories of domestic violence engaged in family court cases. Dr Clarke has an interest in how the intersections of class, race, ability, sexuality and ethnicity combine with gender and influence the experiences of violence and therefore shapes the many responses required to address violence in our communities.

Dr Clarke is the coordiator of the Field Education Unit for Undergraduate and postgraduate Social Work degrees and Human Services. She is also a co-director of the Centre for Social Change (CSC).

Additional information


    • 2013 – 2018 Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Family Relationship Centre, Maroochydore
    • 2010 - 2013  Field Education Coordinator, University of the Sunshine Coast
    • 2008 – 2010 Coordinator, Regional Domestic Violence Service, Centacare Sunshine Coast
    • 2003 – 2008 Service Manager, Shelter Housing Action Cairns (SHAC), Cairns
    • 2002 – 2004 Social Worker, St Margaret’s Youth Shelter, Cairns
    • 1998 – 2003 Crisis Worker, Sexual Assault Service, Cairns