Dr Karen Crinall
Position: Associate Dean Research
Study area: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 2S205
Phone: 5122 6331
Doctor of Philosophy - University of Western Sydney - 2004
Master of Education - Deakin University - 1994
Graduate Diploma in Education - Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education - 1984
Diploma of Art and Design - Caulfield Institute of Technology - 1978
Karen Crinall is the Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia. She has over thirty years experience working, researching and teaching in the human services. Before taking on her current position, Karen was the acting Head of the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences at the Monash University Gippsland campus. Throughout the course of her career as an academic teaching and researching in the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counseling, and Master of Human Services Management, Karen has performed a range of governance and leadership roles at program, school, faculty and university levels. This includes chairing the Postgraduate Coursework Committee, Acting and Deputy Head of School, Deputy Chair of Faculty Board, Head of Discipline and Research Coordinator.
Research experience and expertise
Karen’s coordinates the Social and Community Research Unit (SACRU), which promotes academically sound research that has relevance and real world impact in the community and human services sector, and contributes more broadly to the welfare and wellbeing of people, communities and regions. Karen’s scholarly background in visual arts, education and social science contributes to her interdisciplinary approach to methodological design and implementation. Her PhD thesis examined the representation of women as homeless across the history of social documentary photography, and she publishes on the role of photography and the visual in the formation of social identities and actions.
Karen has expertise in researching the prevention of violence against women, social functions of the visual, self-determination for people living with disabilities, and the effective management and implementation of community and human service programs. Karen has extensive experience in developing co-designed, innovative and participatory methodologies for conducting action-focussed community-based research and evaluation, with a particular interest in visual and narrative methods.
Recently completed projects include: Stories of Safety: Challenging Violence in Shared Supported Accommodation; the evaluation of the ermha360 transition to dependence program in Barwon, Victoria; The Gippsland Prevention of Men's Violence Against Women Strategy (PMVAW); and The Gippsland Women's Health Life Skills Program: Evaluating women's experiences. Other research projects include the Gippsland CommUNITY Walk Against Family Violence, Everything Effects Everything Else: Power, perception and hidden forms of restrictive practice in disability accommodations services, the Evaluation of the Raising Voices Communication Project and the SAFER ARC Linkage project, which researched the Victorian integrated family violence reforms during 2007–2013.
Karen is the co-author of Management and Practice in Health and Human Service Organisations (2014), Oxford University Press, and is currently co-editing and authoring Community and Human Services: Concepts in Practice, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.
- Research and evaluation for the community and human services
- Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women (PMVAW)
- Feminist participatory action research
- Support programs for people living with disability
- Visual and creative methodologies
- Photographic representations of women
- The history of social documentary photography
Doctor of Philosophy
Mohammad Kader "Community Policing Programmes in Bangladesh: An analysis and evaluation, community support and participation, and existing challenges." Principal supervisor
Remi Yusef "The silence behind Adolescent Girl's Education in Nigeria: The intersection of gender based violence, poverty, ethnicity and religion in their stories." Principal supervisor
Master of Fine Arts
Patrice Mahoney "History=Me". Principal supervisor
2013 Lennon Mishi "Consuming (in) Exile: Young Zimbabweans Negotiating Agency and Identity in Johannesburg, South Africa." Associate supervisor. Master of Arts
2012 Susan Whyte "The possibilities of seachange: a study of urban to rural migration, self and place in Gippsland". Principal supervisor. PhD
2011 Alan Harding "JP Campbell: Pictorialist Photographer at Home and at War". Principal supervisor. PhD
2009 Anne Wilson "From Talkies to television. A history of picture theatres in Gippsland". Associate supervisor. PhD
2009 Margaret Lynn "Discourses of Community: Reconciling Social Work and Community Development". Principal supervisor. PhD
Crinall, L. & Berends, L. (eds) (forthcoming) Community and Human Services: New Frameworks for Practice, Oxford University Press.
Berends, L. & Crinall, K., (2014) Management and Practice in Health and Human Service Organisations, Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Crinall, K. (2009) Imagining Women as Homeless: Re/Tracing Socially Concerned Photography, London: Lambert Academic Press.
Crinall, K. (2015) 'Beyond Foucault's subject of power: Affect and visual emergence in grass-roots social activism' in J. Krase and L. Manzo (eds) Culture and Visual Forms of Power: Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance, Champaign: Common Ground Publishing: 19-41.
Crinall, K. and Laming, C. (2012) 'Walking together for safer communities with local action supported by family violence policy reforms', in A. Gunstone (ed), Reconciliation in Regional Australia: Case studies from Gippsland. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing: 89-107
Crinall, K. (2009) "The search for a feminism that could accommodate homeless young women" in R. White, (ed). Concepts and Methods of Youth Work, Hobart: Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies: 209-218
Crinall, K. (2006) 'Governing Inequality: Poverty before the Australian Welfare State' in K. Serr, (ed)Thinking about Poverty, Sydney: Federation Press: 66-78
Crinall, K. (1999) 'Challenging Victimisation in Practice with Young Women' in R. Pease, & J. Fook (eds)Transforming Social Work Practice: Postmodern Critical Perspectives, Melbourne: Allen & Unwin: 70 - 83
Refereed journal articles
Diemer, K., Humphreys, C., & Crinall, K. (forthcoming) "Safe at Home? Where women live when leaving a violent relationship and the role of civil protection orders", Australian Journal of Social Issues.
Berends, l. and Crinall, K. (2014) Managers' perspectives on what matters in health and human services management . Practice Reflexions, 8(1): 1-15.
Crinall, K., Laming, C. (2013) "Signs of Change: Using the Visual to Challenge Men's Violence Against Women", Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 16 (1): 19-37
Crinall, K. (2009) "The Social Researcher as Artist: Creativity as a social science research method" International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 3 (11) 2009: 181-190
Crinall, K. (2009) "Appealing for help: A reflection on interpellation and intertextuality in the visual narrative of an Australian welfare campaign poster" Current Narratives. 1 (1): 11-22
Crinall, K. (2008) "Breaking silences: Telling stories about family photographs" Women Against Violence. 20: 3-9
Crinall, K. (2007) "Madonnas in need: Picturing divinity in destitution" The International Journal of the Arts in Society. 1 (5): 59-70
Crinall, K. (2006) "Judging a book by its cover: some reflexions on the portrayal of betrayal" Practice Reflexions. 1 (1): 39-51
Crinall, K. (2006) "Destitute Discourses: The art of orchestrating fear and fantasy in photographs of homeless people" Arena Journal. (27): 61-80
Crinall, K. (2001) "Photography Becomes Her: Evoking the feminine in early photographic discourse." Southern Review, 33 (3): 352-364
Crinall, K. (2001) "Representing the invisible: Images of women among the 'new' faces of homelessness" Parity, 14 (1): 7-9
Refereed conference proceedings
Crinall, K., Manning, D. Feely, M. (2013) "'The power of pyjamas': Everything effects everything else: power, perception and hidden forms of restrictive practice in shared supported accommodation", in S. Goff (ed) From Theory to Practice; Context in Praxis, 8th Action Learning, Action Research and 12th Participatory Action Research World Congress Proceedings 2010, Melbourne: Alara Inc: 13-24
Crinall, K. (1997) "States of Non-belonging" Rethinking the Social. Griffiths University, Brisbane, July 1997. pp. 275-282.
Crinall, K. and Gravell, K. (1996) "The Changing Face of Australian Families: Sculpting Family Concepts in Social Work Education" Proceedings of The Joint World Congress of the International Federation of Social Workers and Schools of Social Work. City University, Hong Kong, July 1996
Crinall, K. & Gravell, K. (1995) "Social Change: What's a University got to do with it?" Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Regional Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.
Commissioned research and evaluation reports
Crinall, K. and McRae,L. (2016) ermha360 evaluation report. SACRU, Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia.
Crinall, K., McRae, L. & Laming, C. (2015) The Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Strategy Final Evaluation Report. Prepared for Gippsland Women’s Health and the Department of Justice and Regulation. SACRU, Federation University Australia http://assets.justice.vic.gov.au/ccp/resources/9bc8ad6c-6568-4520-b02a-fc05965c7cc2/gippsland_regional_preventing_violence_against_women_strategy.pdf
Crinall, K. & Whyte, S. (2015) Gippsland Women’s Health Life Skills for Women Program Evaluation Final report. SACRU, Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia.
Crinall, K. & Whyte, S. (2015) Stories of Safety. Challenging Violence in Shared Supported Accommodation. Research report prepared for Department of Health and Human Services. SACRU, Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia.
Crinall, K., Hurley, J., and Healey, L. (2013) 'Safe at Home' Programs in the context of the Victorian Integrated Family Violence Service System Reforms: A Review of the Literature. Monash University: Churchill, Australia.
Crinall, K. & Laming, C. (2012) Evaluation Report of the Raising Voices: Supportive Communication in Disability Accommodation Services Pilot Project. Monash University: Churchill, Australia. Laming, C.,
Crinall, K. & Hurley, J. (2011) The East Gippsland CommUNITY Walk Against Family Violence, Evaluation Report for VicHealth, Monash University: Churchill, Australia.
Crinall, K. Manning, D., Glavas, A. & Feeley, M. (2011) Everything Effects Everything Else: Power, perception and hidden forms of restrictive practice in shared supported accommodation. Monash University: Churchill, Australia for the Office of the Senior Practitioner, Disability Services, Department of Human Services, Melbourne.
Crinall, K. & Laming, C. (2008) Evaluation of the Structured Approach to Students at Risk Pilot Project. for the Department of Human Services, Gippsland Region.
Crinall, K. & Laming, C. (2005) Evaluation of the Gippsland Family Violence Service Coordination Pilot Project. Prepared for the Department of Human Services, Gippsland Region.
Crinall, K. (2001) Assessment and Referral for Homelessness Services in the Gippsland Region. Prepared for Victorian Homelessness Strategy, Department of Human Services, Gippsland Region. Gippsland Research and Information Services, Monash University.
Crinall, K. & Collis, M. (2000) Unmet Need in Homeless Services, Gippsland Region prepared for Victorian Homelessness Strategy, Department of Human Services, Gippsland Region. Gippsland Research and Information Services, Monash University.
Crinall, K. & Hurley, J. (2009) "Responding to family violence and preventing homelessness: What is required for effective implementation of 'Safe at home' programs?" Parity. Nov 2009: 40-42
Crinall, K. (2001) "Is there a cause of homelessness, or should we just focus on homelessness as a cause?" Parity, 15(11). (invited commentary)
Crinall, K. (2000) "Briefly reflecting on representations of (Homeless) Young Women" Parity, 13 (3). pp: 15-17. (invited brief article and photographs)
Crinall, K. & Gravell, K. (1998) "Art Methods in Social Work and Welfare Pedagogy: Some postmodern considerations" Perspectives in Social Work xiii (2). pp. 34-40. (invited paper)
Crinall, K. (2008) "Ads, Fads & Consumer Culture: Advertising's Impact on American Character & Society (3rd edition) by Arthur Asa Berger. USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2007. Visual Studies. 23 (3): 287-289
Crinall, K. (2007) "Understanding the Visual" by Tony Schirato and Jen Webb. Journal of Sociology. 43 (3): 322-324.
Crinall, K. (2007) "Looking into the outside: The Windows of Bertinoro" Contexts. 6 (2). pp. 52-58. (by invitation)
Crinall, K. (2000) "Looking You in the Face" Blackflash, 18(1). 4 page centrefold. (by invitation)
Karen is a member of the Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA), the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA), the International Sociology Association (ISA) and the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES).
Awards and scholarships
2009. Jenny Hill Memorial Award for excellence in disability support.
2008. Monash University, Gippsland Team Community Engagement Award.
2008. University of Bologna, International Visual Sociology Association, Summer School, Bertinoro, Italy
1998. Australian National University, Transcultural Images and Visual Ethnography, Visiting Scholars Program.
Grants and commissioned research projects
A ‘Most Significant Change’ evaluation and monitoring framework for the SABTS program, Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault.
ermha360 Evaluation and Research project examining trial NDIS programs in Barwon Ermha
The Gippsland Women's Health Life Skills Program: Evaluating women's experiences. Funded by Gippsland Women's Health.
The Gippsland Prevention of Men's Violence Against Women Strategy. Funded by Gippsland Women's Health.
Stories of Safety: Creatively challenging violence in shared supported accommodation. Funded by Department of Human Services, Disability Services and Scope.
"A realistic evaluation of the East Gippsland Indigenous Family Violence CommUNITY Walk". Funded by VicHealth. "
An evaluation of the Raising Voices Pilot Project in Disability Accommodation Services, Gippsland" using a participatory action research process". Funded by DHS, Gippsland.
Safety and Accountability in Families Evidence and Research (SAFER), Victorian Family Violence Research reform research program. ARC Linkage with Melbourne University.
"Everything affects everything else: power, perception and hidden forms of restrictive practices in disability accommodation services". Funded by the Office of the senior Practitioner, Disability Client Services, Department of Human Services.
Evaluation of the Structured Approach to Students at Risk Pilot Project for the Department of Human Services and Department of Education, Gippsland Region.
Evaluation of the Gippsland Family Violence Service Co-ordination pilot project. Department of Human Services, Gippsland.
Assessment and Referral for Homelessness Services in the Gippsland Region. Victorian Homelessness Strategy. Funded by Department of Human Services.
Unmet Need in Homelessness Services, Gippsland Region. Victorian Homelessness Strategy. Funded by Department of Human Services.
Community engagement: Committee memberships
|2015||Research co-ordinator, Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership and Federation University Research Partnership|
|2013 – present||Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Steering Committee|
|2009 – present||Gippsland Integrated Family Violence Regional Steering Committee|
|2013||Enhancing Workforce Capacity Initiative, Gippsland|
|2008 – 2011||Gippsland Partnerships for Positive Solutions Forum, Disability Client Services, Department of Human Services, Gippsland|
|2010 – 2011||Family Violence Stakeholders Reference Group, Department of Justice, Victoria|
|2000 – 2005||Board member, Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (GCASA)|
|1994 – 1998||Central Gippsland Regional Youth Network|
- Research Institute on Social Cohesion, (RIOSC) Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria
- Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA)
- International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA)
- International Sociology Association, Visual Sociology Theme Group (ISA)
- Australian Evaluation Society (AES)