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Dr Peter Walker

pwalkerMCApSc DipGrad CertSocWk PhD (Otago)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Contact Details

Room 108, 280 Leith Walk
Phone 64 3 479 7651
Email peter.walker@otago.ac.nz

I teach and research in three areas; community development, animals and Social Work and social service organisational studies. My practice background is in community development and 'not for profit' organisations especially Community Law Centres both at a local and national level.

My current research is focused on two areas; investigating the current ethical protections and developing ethical codes for social service providers utilising animals in their practice (with Emma Tumilty), and investigating hybridity within small NGOs in the social services sector (with Jenny Aimers). My research highlight over the recent past has been co-editing and contributing to Aimers and Walker (2013) Community Development – Insights for Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dunmore Publishing, Auckland.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach:

SOWK 303 Communities and Organisations – Analysis and Theory
SOWK 403 Communities and Organisations – Advanced Analysis and Practice
SOWK 522 Animals and Social Work

Postgraduate Supervision

Community Development
Animals and Social Work
Social Service Organisations

Current and Recent Students

Susan Wason (MA Human Services)

Emergency Food Provision in Otago - An Organisational Perspective

Adele Parkinson (PhD)

Adult and child clients' views on a COPMI* family support service: A mixed methods study. *Children Of Parents with Mental Illness

Suzi Wereta (PhD)

Talking about it - to better understand suicide among Rangatahi Maori

Justine Camp (PhD)

Maori with Type 2 diabetes

Howard Randal (MSW)

There's a new kid on the block - Social Work Registration Board and the statutory registration of social workers

Phillip Roxborogh (MA)

Identifying, understanding and protecting the richness of mature students in the Social Work programme at Otago University

John Hancox (MSW)

I can’t wear this strip, the colours clash – the voices of gay men in football

Kate Doak (BSW Hons)

Health literacy in New Zealand

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Publications

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2017). Measuring organisational hybridity within the New Zealand third sector. Third Sector Review, 24(1), 1-26. Advance online publication.

Smith, C. M., Tumilty, E., Walker, P., & Treharne, G. J. (2017, November). Urban spaces and 'Umwelt': How can we know that dog-walking spaces are therapeutic for the dog? Verbal presentation at the 8th New Zealand/Aotearoa Mobilities Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2016). Community development in Aotearoa New Zealand: A historical journey. Whanake, 2(2), 3-12.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2016). Resisting hybridity in community-based third sector organizations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Voluntas, 27(6), 2666-2684. doi: 10.1007/s11266-016-9776-2

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2016). Can community development practice survive neoliberalism in Aotearoa New Zealand? Community Development Journal, 51(3), 332-349. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsv042

Authored Book - Research

Walker, P. (2010). For better or for worse... : A Case study analysis of social services partnerships in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic, 316p.

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Authored Book - Other

Walker, P. (2001). The Coalition of Community Law Centre Aotearoa - An Overview. Dunedin Community Law Centre, Dunedin: Coalition of Community Law Centres Aotearoa, 190p.

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Edited Book - Research

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (Eds.). (2013). Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore, 241p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2013). Defining community development. In J. Aimers & P. Walker (Eds.), Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 13-21). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2013). Conclusion. In J. Aimers & P. Walker (Eds.), Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 226-232). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2013). A brief history of community development in Aotearoa New Zealand, a southern perspective. In J. Aimers & P. Walker (Eds.), Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 22-30). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2013). Visionaries, mentors and philosophical standpoints. In J. Aimers & P. Walker (Eds.), Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 164-171). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2013). The community development toolbox: Skills and methods. In J. Aimers & P. Walker (Eds.), Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 172-182). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Walker, P. (2013). Power in community development. In J. Aimers & P. Walker (Eds.), Community development: Insights for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 214-225). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

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Journal - Research Article

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2017). Measuring organisational hybridity within the New Zealand third sector. Third Sector Review, 24(1), 1-26. Advance online publication.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2016). Community development in Aotearoa New Zealand: A historical journey. Whanake, 2(2), 3-12.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2016). Can community development practice survive neoliberalism in Aotearoa New Zealand? Community Development Journal, 51(3), 332-349. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsv042

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2016). Resisting hybridity in community-based third sector organizations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Voluntas, 27(6), 2666-2684. doi: 10.1007/s11266-016-9776-2

Walker, P., Aimers, J., & Perry, C. (2015). Animals and social work: An emerging field of practice for Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 27(1/2), 24-35.

Walker, P. (2012). Transcultural relationships between social-service organisations and refugee and migrant organisations in New Zealand. Third Sector Review, 18(2), 27-51.

Walker, P. E., & Shannon, P. T. (2011). Participatory governance: Towards a strategic model. Community Development Journal, 46(S2), ii63-ii82. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsr011

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2011). Incorporating community development into social work practice within the neoliberal environment. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 23(3), 38-49.

Walker, P. (2010). Negotiating trans-cultural social service partnerships. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 22(3), 48-55.

Walker, P. (2010). Exploring trans-cultural partnerships within third sector organisations in New Zealand. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(3), 423-434.

Shannon, P., & Walker, P. (2009). Partnerships and control: Lessons from a research programme into strategies for deliberative governance. New Community Quarterly, 7(2), 33-42.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2008). Is community accountability being overlooked as a result of government-third sector partnering in New Zealand? Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 3, 14-24.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2008). Developing a pluralist approach to organisational practice and accountability for social service and community organisations. Third Sector Review, 14(1), 35-49.

Walker, P. (2007). Trust, risk and control within an indigenous-non-indigenous social service partnership. International Journal of Social Welfare, 16(3), 281-290.

Shannon, P., & Walker, P. (2006). Community development and control in a state-local partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand. Community Development Journal, 41(4), 506-520.

Walker, P. (2005). The Treaty of Waitangi as the foundation for social service partnerships. Social Work Review, 61(2), 15-20.

Walker, P. (2004). Partnership models within a Maori social-service provider. International Journal of Social Welfare, 13(2), 158-169.

Walker, P. (2002). Understanding accountability: Theoretical models and their implications for Social Service Organisations. Social Policy & Administration, 36(1), 62-75.

Walker, P. (2002). Te Whanau Arohanui - partnerships in practice. Social Work Review, XIV(3), 18-21.

Walker, P. (2001). A case study of third sector-state partnership. Third Sector Review, 7(1), 35-46.

Walker, P. (2001). Strengthening what? Social Work Review, XIII(1), 7-12.

Walker, P. (2000). A retreat from community participation. Alternative Law Journal, 25(3), 146-148.

Walker, P. (2000). Legal Services Bill. Social Work Review, XII(1), 24-28.

Walker, P. (1999). Understanding Accountability. Social Work Review, XI(1), 24-28.

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Journal - Research Other

Walker, P. (2016). [Review of the book Social work and community development]. Community Development Journal, 51(3), 452-454. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsw013

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2014). Community development work in practice: A challenge for Aotearoa New Zealand social work? In J. Duke, M. Hendrickson & L. Beddoe (Eds.), Proceedings of the Social Workers Registration Board Conference: Protecting the Public: Enhancing the Profession: E tiaki ana i te Hapori: E manaaki ana i nga mahi. (pp. 4-14). Wellington, New Zealand: Social Workers Registration Board. [Full Paper]

Perry, C., Walker, P., & Shannon, P. T. (1998). Social sustainability and local/regional participation. Proceedings of the 18th Annual meeting on the International Association for Impact Assessment, Sustainability and the Role of Impact Assessment in the Global Economy. CD-ROM. [Full Paper]

Perry, C., Walker, P., & Shannon, P. T. (1998). More government, less government or new governance: towards a strategy for social responsibility, in social responsibility: Whose agenda. Proceedings of the Conference on Social Responsibility. 12-15 February. (pp. 187-200). Auckland: Massey University Albany. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Walker, P. (2010). Exploring trans-cultural partnerships within third sector organisations in New Zealand. Proceedings of the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Retrieved from http://thesocialsciences.com/conference-2010/sessions/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, C. M., Tumilty, E., Walker, P., & Treharne, G. J. (2017, November). Urban spaces and 'Umwelt': How can we know that dog-walking spaces are therapeutic for the dog? Verbal presentation at the 8th New Zealand/Aotearoa Mobilities Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2016, June-July). The case for de-hybridization of community-based third sector organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 12th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Stockholm, Sweden.

Walker, P., & Tumilty, E. (2015, May). Developing codes of ethics for therapeutic interventions with animals. Verbal presentation at the Ethics in Practice Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Walker, S., Walker, P., & Eketone, A. (2006, August-September). “We can be equal as long as you'll be like me”: Theory into practice: Biculturalism and social work practice (in a multicultural context). Verbal presentation at the 33rd International Congress of Schools of Social Work, Santiago, Chile.

Walker, P. (2002, July). Partnership models with a Maori social service provider. Verbal presentation at the 4th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice, Tampere, Finland.

Walker, P. (2000, December). Strengthening what? Verbal presentation at the 5th National Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research, Parramatta.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Matahaere-Atariki, D. C., Perry, C., Walker, P., Walker, S., Wallace, J., & Shannon, P. T. (1998). Developing Community and Community Based Social Indicators. Commissioned by Dunedin Forum on Children, Young Persons and Their Families. Dunedin: Community and Family Studies. 33p.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2008). Structures and strategies revisited: A comparative storying of five social service and community support orgaisations in Otago, New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Social Work and Community Development, University of Otago. 69p.

Shannon, P. T., Walker, P., & Basill, J. (2003). Towards a safer community: Timaru District Safer Community Council visioning exercise. Final report. Dunedin, New Zealand: Community & Family Studies, University of Otago. 61p. [(Community and Family Studies Monograph)].

Aimers, J., & Walker, P. (2003). Structures and strategies: A narrative analysis of eleven community organisations in Otago. 52p.

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Other Research Output

Walker, P. (2016, October). Animal ethics. Roundtable Discussion on Critical Ethical Issues, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Walker, P. (2006). For better or for worse ... : A case study analysis of social services partnerships in Aotearoa/New Zealand (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 298p.

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