Professor Margaret Alston Research areas gender, climate and environmental disasters, rural women, social work.
Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University. At Monash University she has established the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit which has attracted an extensive number of PhD students. Previously she was at Charles Sturt University for 21 years, most recently as Professor of Social Work. She is a past Chair of the Australian Heads of Schools of Social Work (ACHSSW) and was appointed a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work in 2011. She is currently CI on an ARC project on social sustainability in the Murray Darling Basin area and on the ARC Invisible Farmer project with the Victorian Museum to develop awareness of rural women's contribution to Australian society. She has completed projects on gender and climate change in Bangladesh with Oxfam; with UNESCO in the Pacific in 2010; with ACIAR in Laos; and was engaged as a UN gender expert by the Gender Division of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation louis vuitton agenda for sale (FAO) studying gender and climate change in India for 2008. She has been a resident gender expert at the FAO's offices in Rome in 2009, 2007 and 2003. In 2009 she was also appointed as a UN gender expert by UN Habitat to advise on the detailed report on the impact of climate change on global cities. Most recently (2012 13) she worked as a louis vuitton alma bb damier gender expert for UNEP in Geneva training field staff on gender sensitive practice. She has given a number of louis vuitton shoes size 8 keynote presentations including the Inaugural Sidney Myer lecture in Adelaide in 2012, and the 2014 International Social Work and Social Policy conference and the National Climate conference in Adelaide in July 2016. appointed a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work (July 2011). featured in a book sponsored by Westpac for the Centenary of Women's Suffrage. Titled 1 in 100 it outlines the 100 women selected as having made a contribution to the shaping of Australia over the last 100 years (April 2011). nominated by the Australian government's Office for Women to be on the gender expert panel for the 2012 Commission for the Status of Women meeting in New York (November 2011). a member of the Australian delegation to the UN's Commission for the Status of Women in 2008 in New York (February / March 2008). nominated by local member of Parliament to represent the electorate louis vuitton purses made in the Premiers award for NSW Woman of the Year for research exposing the drought hardships (2007). Currently this includes Monash's Academic Board, Social Inclusion Board, Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty Board, and School Executive Committee.
She is Chair of the University's Disability Committee. She has had an extensive role in social science curriculum development and has written and co written textbooks, perhaps the best known being Research for Social Workers (with Wendy Bowles). This book is in third edition and has a wide readership in Australia, the US and the UK.
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