Professor Tamara Walsh

Professor

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
t.walsh@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56192

Overview

Professor Tamara Walsh has degrees in both Law and Social Work, and her interest is in social welfare law. Her research studies examine the impact of the law on vulnerable people including children and young people, people experiencing homelessness, people on low incomes, people with disabilities, mothers and carers. Most of her studies are sociolegal and empirical in nature, and she draws on human rights discourse and social exclusion theory to explore the influence that the law has on complex social problems. Her research has spanned 15 years and has been widely published, both in Australia and internationally.

In 2008, Tamara designed and established the UQ Pro Bono Centre, along with Dr Paul O'Shea and Prof Ross Grantham. The UQ Pro Bono Centre facilitates student and staff participation in pro bono legal activities, particularly public interest research and law reform. It is now a flagship program of the Law School. In 2010, Tamara established the Manning Street Project, a joint initiative between the TC Beirne School of Law and Caxton Legal Centre, which engages students in action-research on a volunteer basis to contribute to the law reform activities of the community legal sector.

Tamara is currently the lead researcher of the ARC Linkage project 'The criminalisation of poverty and homelessness: A national study' (2017-2019). She is also completing a project on the impacts of the child protection and youth justice systems on vulnerable young people, and she has been instrumental in the proposed establishment of a Community Justice Centre in southeast Queensland.

Tamara undertakes pro bono legal practice in the area of child protection, and she lectures in human rights law and constitutional law.

Research Interests

  • Human rights law
  • Law and social justice
  • Social welfare law
  • Discrimination/equal opportunity law

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), University of New South Wales

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The PhD program provides students with an opportunity to explore in depth the effects of the law and legal systems on people experiencing social and economic disadvantage. Students could apply human rights law, citizenship principles and social exclusion theory to a number of different legal areas and problems, including:

    • laws related to housing and homelessness
    • laws that criminalise behaviours associated with social and economic marginalisation, including 'public nuisance', offensive behaviour, offensive language and begging; and
    • social security laws, including dishonesty and fraud offences

    For further information contact Associate Professor Tamara Walsh, e: t.walsh@law.uq.edu.au

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Douglas, Heather and Walsh, Tamara (2015). Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Marginalised Families. In Matthews, Ben and Bross, Donald C (Ed.), Mandatory Reporting Laws and the Identification of Severe Child Abuse and Neglect 1st ed. (pp. 491-509) New York, United States: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9685-9_23

  • Walsh, Tamara and Douglas, Heather (2015). Mothers in crisis: mothers and the child protection system. In Lisa Raith, Jenny Jones and Marie Porter (Ed.), Mothers at the Margins: Stories of Challenge, Resistance and Love (pp. 89-107) Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Walsh, Tamara K.E. (2004). Professionalism. In Sharton Christensen and Bill Duncan (Ed.), Professional Liability and Property Transactions 1st ed. (pp. 2-24) Australia: Federation Press.

  • Walsh, Tamara K. E. (2004). Professionalism. In Sharon Christensen and Bill Duncan (Ed.), Professional liability and property transactions (pp. 2-24) Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

  • (2007) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The PhD program provides students with an opportunity to explore in depth the effects of the law and legal systems on people experiencing social and economic disadvantage. Students could apply human rights law, citizenship principles and social exclusion theory to a number of different legal areas and problems, including:

    • laws related to housing and homelessness
    • laws that criminalise behaviours associated with social and economic marginalisation, including 'public nuisance', offensive behaviour, offensive language and begging; and
    • social security laws, including dishonesty and fraud offences

    For further information contact Associate Professor Tamara Walsh, e: t.walsh@law.uq.edu.au