Dr Lynda Shevellar

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
l.shevellar@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54927

Overview

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, the Principal Practitioner - Sense of Belonging (Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation), and is currently the School 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 thirty years of experience in community development, the disability sector, mental health, education, and psychology.

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 ethical tensions in the provision of mental health support.

Lynda coordinates the courses SOSC2288/7288: Community Development - Local and International Practice; and SOCY1070: Inequality, Society and the Self. She also teaches into SOSC3201: Research Planning and Design and SOSC3202: Project.

Research Impacts

Lynda has worked extensively with community groups and organisations providing training and development, program and service development, and evaluation. In addition to publishing in academic texts and presenting at academic conferences, Lynda also ensures her work is available in industry journals more regularly accessed by practitioners. She regularly presents at workshops and forums for practitioners and agencies and works closely with industry partners in the fields of disability, mental health, homelessness, and community development to ensure her work is rigorous, useful and accessible.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Education, Southern Cross University
  • Doctor of Philosphy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2021) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Shevellar, Lynda and Armstrong, John (2020). Re-thinking respite in aged care. In Ronda Held, John Armstrong, Raymond Lemay and Susan Thomas (Ed.), Ageing and the good things of life: the application of Social Role Valorization to supporting people as they age (pp. 221-237) Rockland, ON Canada: Valor Press.

  • Shevellar, Lynda and Barringham, Neil (2019). Negotiating roles and boundaries: ethical challenges in community development work. Ethics, equity and community development. (pp. 59-82) edited by Sarah Banks and Peter Westoby. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctvhhhdxq.9

  • Westoby, Peter and Shevellar, Lynda (2019). “Singing Up the Second Story”: Acts of Community Development Scholar “Delicate Activism” Within the Neoliberal University. Resisting Neoliberalism in Higher Education Volume I. (pp. 205-222) edited by Dorothy Bottrell and Catherine Manathunga. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-95942-9_10

  • Westoby, Peter and Shevellar, Lynda (2018). From ‘dilemmatic space’ towards ecological practice: Community development in disaster recovery in Queensland, Australia. The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research. (pp. 253-266) edited by Lynda Shevellar and Peter Westoby. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315612829-17

  • Westoby, Peter and Shevellar, Lynda (2018). What have we learned? A concluding essay on wicked problems, research and the contributions of community development. The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research. (pp. 285-292) edited by Lynda Shevellar and Peter Westoby. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315612829-19

  • Shevellar, Lynda and Westoby, Peter (2018). Wicked problems and community development – an introductory essay. The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research.. (pp. 3-19) edited by Lynda Shevellar and Peter Westoby. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315612829-1

  • Ling, Liong Ing, Wilson, Jill and Shevellar, Lynda (2017). Managing everyday living: Microfinance and capability. Microfinance for Entrepreneurial Development: Sustainability and Inclusion in Emerging Markets. (pp. 107-125) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-62111-1_6

  • Westoby, Peter and Shevellar, Lynda (2016). Safeguarding the soul of community-based organisations – in dialogue with Lynda Shevellar. Soul, community and social change: theorising a soul perspective on community practice. (pp. 75-87) edited by Peter Westoby. Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Shevellar, Lynda (2015). Hope and cake: the contribution of causal layered analysis to community development practice. CLA 2.0: Transformative research in theory and practice. (pp. 405-420) edited by Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojević. Tamsui, Taipei, Taiwan: Tamkang University Press.

  • Westoby, Peter and Shevellar, Lynda (2012). A perspective on community-based education and training. Learning and mobilising for community development: a radical tradition of community-based education and training. (pp. 13-24) edited by Peter Westoby and Lynda Shevellar. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Shevellar, Lynda, Sherwin, Jane and Mackay, Gregory (2012). A re-imagined identity: building a movement in Brisbane for the practice of social role valorization. Learning and mobilising for community development: a radical tradition of community-based education and training. (pp. 81-94) edited by Peter Westoby and Lynda Shevellar. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Shevellar, Lynda and Westoby, Peter (2012). Conclusion: a community-based education and training framework. Learning and mobilising for community development: a radical tradition of community-based education and training. (pp. 205-220) edited by Peter Westoby and Lynda Shevellar. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Westoby, Peter and Shevellar, Lynda (2012). Introduction. Learning and mobilising for community development: a radical tradition of community-based education and training. (pp. 1-12) edited by Peter Westoby and Lynda Shevellar. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Shevellar, Lynda and Westoby, Peter (2012). Tracing a tradition of community-based education and training. Learning and mobilising for community development: a radical tradition of community-based education and training. (pp. 25-40) edited by Peter Westoby and Lynda Shevellar. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Shevellar, Lynda (2013). How do we get people to behave appropriately during disasters?. EMPA 2013: 7th Annual Emergency Media and Public Affairs Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2-4 June, 2013. Mt Macedon, VIC, Australia: Emergency Media and Public Affairs.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Lynda Shevellar is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision