Stephan Lund

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M256,M364), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


After 22 years in the field as a front line Social Worker and Senior Manager, I am an Early Career Researcher and Academic. My skills in communication and facilitation, creative and innovative practice and problem-solving make me a sought after team member, presenter and research collaborator.

My main research interests are in the out-of-home care field, particularly exploring issues for foster and kinship carers and innovation in the care sector. I also have a strong interest in the trauma-informed practice, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, improving teaching methods and a strong focus on student mental health and wellbeing. 

Teaching philosophy

I strive to be an enthusiastic, collaborative and accessible teaching academic. I am open and transparent in my approach, flipping the classroom to ensure that students are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning outcomes. My approach is strengths-based and creative and I implement differentiated instruction in my courses to ensure that learners of all abilities have the opportunity to thrive. I am open to feedback and strongly encourage participation and innovation in all classes. 

Teaching overview

  • Chair of School of Allied Health Learning and Teaching Committee
  • MSW Course Coordinator
  • SWSP 5301 Foundations of Social Work Thinking and Identity
  • SWSP 5409 Applied Social Work Practices
  • Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice


Current projects

  • Evaluating a novel online interactive simulation platform for Western Australian healthcare training
  • Children's Voice in Thoughtful Schools
  • The Thoughtful Schools Project (inc. Mid-West implementation)
  • Valuing Children Initiative- Australian adults' attitudes towards children
  • Evaluation of the Palmerston Child Support Service

Industry relevance

Project industry partners:

  • Department of Communities, Government of Western Australia
  • Palmerston Association
  • Valuing Children Initiative (Centrecare WA)
  • Iluka Resources Ltd.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Tertiary Teaching, Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 23 Jul 2021

Social Work, PhD, Connection and Relationship in Care- the Voices of Foster Carers: A Western Australian study


Award Date: 20 Jul 2018

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)


Award Date: 1 Mar 2000

Anthropology/ Industrial Relations, Bachelor of Arts


Award Date: 1 Mar 1989

External positions

Consultant, Department of Communities (Western Australia)

Aug 2021 → …

Industry keywords

  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Children and Young People
  • Not for Profit


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