Researcher biography

Dr Lynda Shevellar joined The University of Queensland in 2009. Based in the School of Social Science, Lynda won an early career award for teaching excellence in 2011, a University of Queensland Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019 and an Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2019) . She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Social Science. Lynda has previously held roles in government and the community sector, and is influenced by twenty-five years of experience in community development, the disability sector, mental health, education, and psychology. Lynda continues to work and volunteer in community, as part of the non-profit Community Praxis Co-op.

Lynda's research explores three closely aligned agendas: understanding the experience of people who live with heightened vulnerability; developing the awareness, agency and capacity of community to respond to social disadvantage; and aligning community development theory and education to inform practice in working alongside people who live with heightened vulnerability. Her most recent projects have explored the role of day-centres in the lives of people who are homeless, tenancy security for people with severe and persistent mental health issues, the potential of cooperatives in employment of people with disabilities, and radicalising community development through popular education. She is currently engaged in a project to explore support for the mental health and wellbeing of international university students.

Lynda coordinates the courses SOSC2288/7288: Community Development - Local and International Practice; and SOSC7093: Participatory Development Practice. She also teaches into SOSC3201: Research Planning and Design and SOSC3202: Project.

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