Professor Charlotte Williams

Charlotte Williams OBE is Professor and Deputy Dean of RMIT's Social Work in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Professor Charlotte Williams’ research interests focus on issues of contemporary multiculturalisms, ethnicities and ‘race’ as they come to bear on welfare and professional practices, but more broadly in corporate issues of equality and social justice within the context of particular welfare regimes.

As a professionally trained social worker, Charlotte has an ongoing research interest in issues of cultural diversity within social work education and practice. Her research is underpinned by an interdisciplinary body of theory drawing largely on comparative social policy, critical race theory, social geography, social development and theories of migration and multiculturalism. She has extensively theorised issues of place, locality and nationhood as they impact on welfare practices particularly in relation to the racialisation or exclusion of minoritised groups. Research approaches include participatory action methodologies and qualitative methodologies that articulate the voice of maginalised groups.

Research interests

Emerging research interests include:

  • Social work / Multiculturalism in Australia
  • Issues for newly settled migrants
  • Asylum and refugees
  • A Social work of the City

Research supervision areas

  • Multiculturalism / migration and mobilities
  • Race  / ethnicity / cultural diversity and professional / welfare policy and practice
  • Minority group exclusion and welfare practice
  • Social work and social justice
  • Civil society – minority organisations, participation and governance
  • Cross cultural social work or transnational social work
  • Internationalism and social work

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Social work / Multiculturalism in Australia; Issues for newly settled migrants; Asylum and refugees; A Social work of the City; Multiculturalism / migration and mobilities; Race / ethnicity / cultural diversity and professional / welfare policy and practice; Minority group exclusion and welfare practice; Social work and social justice; Civil society – minority organisations, participation and governance; Cross cultural social work or transnational social work; Internationalism and social work

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