Dr Dorothee Holscher

Lecturer

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
d.holscher@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57541

Overview

Dr. Dorothee Hölscher is a social work lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work at The University of Queensland and a research associate with the Department of Social Work & Criminology at the University of Pretoria. Previously, she worked at Griffith University in Australia and the Universities of KwaZulu Natal, and the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Dorothee began her social work education in Germany, followed by the completion of a Master of Social Science (cum laude) and a Ph.D. (by publication) in South Africa. Her practice experience comprises social work with refugees and other cross-border migrants, community development, and child protection.

Dorothee’s research areas are applied ethics (with a focus on justice), anti-oppressive social work theory and practice, and social work with migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Her research skill set comprises a wide range of qualitative and post-qualitative methodologies. To date, she published a total of 40 books and edited collections, book chapters, and scholarly articles; serves as a reviewer for eight local and international journals and presents regularly at local and international conferences.

A co-founder and a longstanding executive member of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA), Dorothee currently serves on the editorial board of the journal, Ethics & Social Welfare (ESW), and has recently completed - with Profs Richard Hugman from the University of New South Wales and Donna McAuliffe from Griffith University - an edited volume on social work theories and ethics, forthcoming with Springer Nature in June 2023.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Social Work, Evangelische Fachhochschule Rheinland Westfalen Lippe
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kwazulu Natal
  • Master of Social Work, University of Kwazulu Natal

Publications

  • Subek, Jessica, Azizullah, Mahbooba and Holscher, Dorothee (2023). Youth voices: a participatory model for community healing. 3rd Australia and New Zealand Trauma recovery in refugee resettlement conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 9-11 October 2023.

  • Bozalek, Vivienne and Hӧlscher, Dorothee (2023). Reconfiguring social work ethics with posthuman and post-anthropocentric imaginaries. Social work theory and ethics: ideas in practice. (pp. 367-396) edited by Dorothee Hölscher, Richard Hugman and Donna McAuliffe. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-1015-9_20

  • Dorothee Hölscher, Richard Hugman and Donna McAuliffe eds. (2023). Social work theory and ethics: ideas in practice. Social Work, Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-1015-9

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Bozalek, Vivienne and Hӧlscher, Dorothee (2023). Reconfiguring social work ethics with posthuman and post-anthropocentric imaginaries. Social work theory and ethics: ideas in practice. (pp. 367-396) edited by Dorothee Hölscher, Richard Hugman and Donna McAuliffe. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-1015-9_20

  • Hölscher, Dorothee and Clifford, Derek (2023). The ethical challenge of populism in social work. Social work theory and ethics: ideas in practice. (pp. 421-443) edited by Dorothee Hölscher, Richard Hugman and Donna McAuliffe. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-1015-9_25

  • Hölscher, Dorothee, McAuliffe, Donna and Hugman, Richard (2023). The ideas of social work practice. Social work theory and ethics: ideas in practice. (pp. 519-531) edited by Dorothee Hölscher, Richard Hugman and Donna McAuliffe. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-1015-9_26

  • Hugman, Richard, Hölscher, Dorothee and McAuliffe, Donna (2023). Theory and ethics: defining the field. Social work theory and ethics: ideas in practice. (pp. 3-14) edited by Dorothee Hölscher, Richard Hugman and Donna McAuliffe. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-1015-9_1

  • Fronek, Patricia, Smith Rotabi-Casares, Kare Karen, Liang, Jianqiang, Roujanavong, Wanchai, Hun Kim, Myung, Kim, Sungmin, Wismayanti, Yanuar Farida, Mandayam, Gokul, López Peláez, Antonio, Di Rosa, Roberta, Dickens, Jonathan, Neamțu, Nicoleta, Hideg, Mădălina, Fonseca, Claudia, Monico, Carmen, Rondon-Jackson, Renie, Wairire, Gidraph G., Mwende Twikirize, Janestic, Hölscher, Dorothee, Giliomee, Corlie, Abu Sarhan, Taghreed, Badran, Nadia C., Zidan, Tarek, Rotabi, Sareh and Briggs, Lynne (2022). Regions of the world and the Covid-19 health emergency. Social work inhealth emergencies: global perspectives. (pp. 35-95) edited by Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003111214-3

  • Bozalek, Vivienne, Zembylas, Michalinos, Motala, Siddique and Hölscher, Dorothee (2021). Introduction. Higher education hauntologies: living with ghosts for a justice-to-come. (pp. 1-10) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003058366-101

  • Bozalek, Vivienne and Hölscher, Dorothee (2021). Higher education hauntologies and spacetimemattering: response-ability and non-innocence in times of pandemic. Higher education hauntologies: living with ghosts for a justice-to-come. (pp. 171-186) edited by Vivienne Bozalek, Michalinos Zembylas, Siddique Motala and Dorothee Holscher. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge/Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003058366-11

  • Woods, Glenn and Hölscher, Dorothee (2021). Return of the posthuman: developing indigenist perspectives for social work at a time of environmental crisis. Post-anthropocentric social work: critical posthuman and new materialist perspectives. (pp. 121-133) edited by Vivienne Bozalek and Bob Pease. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429329982-12

  • Hölscher, Dorothee and Bozalek, Vivienne (2020). Nancy Fraser’s work and its relevance to higher education. Nancy Fraser and Participatory Parity: Reframing Social Justice in South African Higher Education. (pp. 3-19) edited by Vivienne Bozalek, Dorothee Hölscher and Michalinos Zembylas. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429055355-1

  • Hölscher, Dorothee, Zembylas, Michalinos and Bozalek, Vivienne (2020). Neoliberalism, coloniality and Nancy Fraser’s contribution to the decolonisation debate in South African higher education. Nancy Fraser and Participatory Parity. (pp. 145-158) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429055355-10

  • Hölscher, Dorothee and Chiumbu, Sarah (2020). Anti-oppressive community work practice and the decolonization debate: a contribution from the global south. Community Practice and Social Development in Social Work. (pp. 223-242) edited by Sarah Todd and Julie L. Drolet. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-1542-8_2-1

  • Hölscher, Dorothee, Bozalek, Vivienne and Gray, Mel (2020). The relevance of Nancy Fraser for transformative social work education. The Routledge handbook of critical pedagogies for social work. (pp. 245-259) edited by Christine Morley, Phillip Ablett, Carolyn Noble and Stephen Cowden. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351002042-21

  • Hölscher, Dorothee (2016). The political is personal: on being, knowing, and doing something about social justice. Rethinking values and ethics in social work. (pp. 97-112) edited by Richard Hugman and Jan Carter. London, United Kingdom: Macmillan Education/Palgrave.

  • Hölscher, Dorothee (2011). Social Justice. Handbook of International Social Work: Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession. (pp. 44-52) Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0007

  • Sewpaul, Vishanthie and Hölscher, Dorothee (2008). Against the odds: Community-based interventions for children in difficult circumstances in post-apartheid South Africa. Revitalising Communities in a Globalising World. (pp. 193-206) Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

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