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Associate Professor Vicki Banham

Associate Dean

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5530
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5833
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.219  

Vicki is an Associate Dean, Social Science within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • CSV3109/4109 - Vulnerable People and Communities
  • CSV1102/4102 - Introduction to Social Analysis.


  • 2019 – present: Member board of Management, Pat Giles Centre
  • 2002 - present: Director, Ngala Board of Management
  • 2002 - 2012:  Chair, Accreditation Decisions Review Committee (Commonwealth) Ministerial Appointment.
  • 1999 - 2011: Coordinator, International Programs
  • 1998: Head of School, School of Community Studies, ECU.
  • 1995 - 1998: Board Member, Joondalup Community Foundation (Inc) and Trust.
  • 1996 - 1997: Western Australian Work and Child Care Advisory Service - Member
  • 1992 - 1994: Chair of Department of Human Services, ECU.
  • 1986 - 1988: Children’s Advisory Council, [Inaugural Member] Western Australia (Ministerial appointment)
  • 1985 - 1988: Child Care Planning Committee, Western Australia (Ministerial appointment)

Professional associations

  • Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2019 - Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT): Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2011 - Executive Dean’s Award
  • 2010 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

National and International Research Positions

  • 2002: Visiting Scholar to Centre for Children and Family Studies, Advent Links-SAUC, Singapore

Research areas and interests

  • Vulnerable people and communities and rights
  • Application of the knowledge in enhancing wellbeing of people and communities.


  • Doctor Of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2001.
  • Master of Education, Murdoch University, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Western Australia, 1984.
  • Teaching Certificate Primary, New Zealand, 1978.
  • Diploma of Education, New Zealand, 1977.


Recent Research Grants

  • Growing Strong Brains: Communities nurturing Aboriginal children in the Midwest/Gascoyne regions of Western Australia ,  Ian Potter Foundation,  Grant,  2017 - 2020,  $103,251.
  • Sponsorship of Research Fellow,  Ngala Community Services,  Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $37,292.
  • What criteria do Family consultants consider when deciding to conduct a Child Inclusive Conference in the FCWA?,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $6,088.
  • Supporting Children After Separation Programme,  Anglicare WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $28,640.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Boateng, JS., Banham, V., Kosi, I., Ayentimi, DT., (2021), Socialisation and women's participation in governance: exploring important themes from Ghana. International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies, 4(1), 75-94, DOI: 10.1504/IJGSDS.2021.112142.
  • Pelden, S., Banham, V., (2020), Counselling Placements Caught up in the Mismatch of Standards And Realities: Lessons From COVID-19. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 14(4), 1-8.
  • Simpson, W., Cooper, T., Banham, V., (2019), From Criminalisation to Individual Choice: Policy Responses to Changing Constructions of Intellectual Disability in Western Australia. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 21(1), 100-110, Stockholm, Sweden, DOI:
  • Banham, V., (2019), A Signature Pedagogy for the emerging Human Service and Community Work Profession. Australian Journal of Community Work, 1(2019/2020), 1-9.
  • Banham, V., Allan, A., Bergman, J., Jau, J., (2017), Acknowledging Children’s Voice and Participation in Family Courts: Criteria that Guide Western Australian Court Consultants. Social Inclusion, 5(3), 155-163, Lisbon, Portugal, Cogitatio Press, DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i3.964.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Their sorrow, their story: The lived experience of individuals impacted by the death of special forces members in the 1996 black hawk accident
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Women in district assemblies in Ghana: Gender construction, resistance and empowerment.
  • Master of Social Science,  The story speaks for itself: A thematic information analysis of an intended phenomenological study of the lived experiences of spouses and parents bereaved by the death of special forces members killed in combat.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rights-based approach to poverty reduction: The ghanaian experience
  • Master of Social Science,  An examination of the mentoring process: A study of the interaction between mentor and mentee in the context of an adolescent mentor program
  • Master of Social Science,  Social work is what social workers do: A study of hospital social workers' understanding of their work and their professional identity.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Thinking differently about reflective practice in Australian social work education: A rhapsody

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Towards active ageing: A comparative study of experiences of older Ghanaians in Australia and Ghana
  • Master of Social Science,  Accommodation for adults with intellectual disability: Exploring the lived experiences of ageing parent carers and the reasons behind their decision to continue to care in the family home

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The dilemmas of regional development in Ghana: An ethnographic analysis of the North
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