Prof Debbie Horsfall
Debbie is passionate about teaching, researching and living in ways which work against domination and oppression of people and planet. Her transformative agenda is informed by creativity, inclusivity, and a politics of hope. She has over 25 years' experience as an academic teaching and researching with people from a community development and relationship-building perspective. In teaching this means being informed by critical pedagogies and experiential, student centred practices. In research she pioneered photo-voice research in end of life and aged care research; writing creatively, critical creativity and performance ethnography in social care and community work. She is a recognised research leader at Western Sydney University with research income of $620 000 from 7 funded projects, including an ARC Linkage Grant, over the past 6 years.
All of her research is partnership, community based and applied. This has included leading interdisciplinary teams in aged care, mental health and end of life research. She has a substantial portfolio of seventy-eight (78) scholarly publications including: 5 (co) edited books and monographs, 27 book chapters, 3 creative works, 17 research reports and 26 refereed journal articles. She has served on several editorial boards, co-edited and contributed to 7 scholarly research books, and is continually approached as a reviewer, assessor and examiner across disciplinary fields. Her current research explores the development of networks of care and sustainable, compassionate communities in end of life and mental health care.