Dr Judith Burton
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
BiographyDr Judith Burton is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic Programs at the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. Judith has about 20 years practice in learning and teaching in higher education. She is a member of the social work and human services discipline in the School with responsibility for units related to child and family services. Judith is a social scientist who has built a research profile that emphasises qualitative, practice-related research. Her collaborative research endeavours are focused around topics related to children, families and evaluation of human services programs or practices. Most recently she was part of a team that interviewed young adults with a care experience and drew out implications for best practice in supporting young people with the transition to independent living. She is also involved in the scholarship of learning and teaching. Judith is passionate about promoting children’s rights and has successfully attracted doctoral scholars because of that focus. This research focus is represented in numerous completed and ongoing doctoral projects. For example, Dr Hu’s work on the needs of children ‘left behind’ in informal kinship care due to economic migration in China and Dr Faiz Alsaedy’s study of parent-child communication in Saudi Arabia where globalisation and smart phones are increasing the pace of social change. Project highlights
- Evaluation of an Early Intervention Project funded by a National Crime Prevention Grant
- Evaluation of process for establishing a Youth Space
- Exploration of the views of young people who had experienced homelessness on leaving care
- Visiting Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
Child and Family services, Prevention and intervention in child abuse and neglect, Cross cultural child welfare, Evaluation
Social Work, Sociology
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
- Bachelor of Education (In-service) (Uni of South Australia)
Teaching areas Judith teaches two units focused on services for children and families. She also provides guest lecturers in a number of units. Postgraduate supervision: Judith is also on the supervision team of a number of postgraduate student projects including a qualitative study of family communication in Saudi Arabia, an examination of placement trajectories for children and young people in care, and legal decision making regarding children's participation in family law matters.
Real World engagement
- Invited evalution of a children's contact service
- Previously a Management Committee Member of a women's refuge
- NTEU delegate
- Student supervision Dr HU Yang: Doctoral study of the needs of children left behind with kinship carers when parents migrate for work
- Student supervision (ongoing) Faiz ALSAEDY: Doctoral study of how family communication in Saudi Arabia is affected by children's access to media and technology.
Conference papers and reports
Burton, J., Duthie, D. & Lonne, B. (2013). The sociohistorical context of public service motivation and turnover intention: interpreting the motivational context through the lens of the social welfare professional. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management. Istanbul: EURAM. Crane, P., Kaur, J. & Burton, J. (2013). Homelessness and leaving care: the experiences of young adults in Queensland and Victoria, and implications for practice. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra. Burton, J. & van den Broek, D. (2006). Information management systems and human service work. In Proceedings Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology. Burton, J. (2005). Learning from practice dilemmas in the human services: the case of children’s contact centres. In Proceedings Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2005. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology. Burton, J. (2003). In the Child's Best Interests: Strategies Workers Use to Make Supervised Contact with Non-Residential Parents a Positive Experience for Children. In Proceedings Social Change in the 21st Century, 2003. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology. Book chapters
Burton, J., & Lyons, M. (2000). When does a teacher teach? The early childhood profession on trial. In J. Hayden (Ed.) Landscapes in early childhood education: Cross national perspectives on empowerment (pp.271-286). New York: Peter Lang. Petrie, A., & Burton, J. (2000). Empowerment and entrapment: Women workers in home-based and centre-based settings. In J. Hayden (Ed.) Landscapes in early childhood education: Cross national perspectives on empowerment (pp.206-218). New York: Peter Lang.
- Hu Y, Lonne R, Burton J, (2014) Enhancing the capacity of kin caregivers and their families to meet the needs of children left behind, China Journal of Social Work, 7 (2), pp. 131-144.
- Hu Y, Lonne R, Burton J, (2014) Informal kinship care in rural China: the influence of Confucianism and attachment, Families, Relationships and Societies, 3 (2), pp. 287-302.
- Crane P, Kaur J, Burton J, (2014) Homelessness and leaving care: The experiences of young adults in Queensland and Victoria, and implications for practice.
- Withington T, Burton J, Lonne R, (2013) Placement trajectory: Mapping the journeys of children and young people in out-of-home care, Communities, Children and Families Australia, 7 (1), pp. 21-34.
- Crane P, Burton J, Kaur J, (2013) A better future for young people leaving care, Parity, 26 (8), pp. 11-12.
- Burton J, van den Broek D, (2009) Accountable and countable: Information management systems and the bureaucratization of social work, British Journal of Social Work, 39 (7), pp. 1326-1342.
- Burton J, Van Der Broek D, (2006) Information Management Systems and Human Service Work, Social Change in the 21st Century 2006 Conference Proceedings, pp. 1-14.
- Burton J, (2005) Learning from Practice Dilemmas in the Human Services: The Case of Children's Contact Centres, Social Change in the 21st Century Conference Proceedings 2005, pp. 1-10.
- Burton J, (2003) In the Child's Best Interests: Strategies Workers Use to Make Supervised Contact with Non-Residential Parents a Positive Experience For Children, Social Change in the 21st Century 2003 Conference Refereed Proceedings, pp. 1-11.
- Petrie A, Burton J, (2000) Empowerment and Entrapment: Women Workers in Home-Based and Center-Based Settings. In , Landscapes In Early Childhood Education: Cross-national Perspectives On Empowerment, A Guide For The New Millenium, Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 205-218.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Constructions of Children's needs in Informal Kinship Care in Rural China (2013)
- Reinvigorating the Domestic Violence Sector: Systemically addressing conflict, power and practitioner turnover (2012)
- The global division of labour and the division in global labour (2011)
- A Critical Analysis of Sperm Donation Practices: the personal and social effects of disrupting the unity of Biological and Social Relatedness for the Offspring (2009)
- The Praxis of Voluntary Service: an investigation of the logic of service in Rotary and Zonta (2008)
- The Development of a Professional Framework for Practice (2007)