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Dr Naomi Godden

Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7670
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.5128  

Naomi is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • SWK4120 - Social Work Project
  • SWK2115 - Human Rights and Social Justice


Naomi is a social worker, social justice and environmental activist, and feminist participatory action researcher from the rural community of Margaret River, Western Australia. She has 16 years of community development and social research experience in Australia and internationally in areas such as gender justice, Aboriginal family violence prevention, youth development, education advocacy, poverty alleviation, homelessness and affordable housing, sexual exploitation of women, environmental activism and the gendered impacts of climate change. She has worked in in grassroots rural community organisations, local government, international development organisations such as Oxfam Australia and International Women’s Development Agency, and universities including Monash University and ECU. Sher countries of work experience include Australia, Peru, United States, Honduras, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, India and Thailand. Naomi has participated in over 250 radio, print and television interviews regarding rural social justice and environment issues. In addition to her role at ECU, Naomi is an a elected Councillor to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University and regularly provides guest lectures on international development and feminist participatory action research. Naomi is co-chair of the national Women’s Climate Justice Collective and chair of Just Home Margaret River Inc.

Professional associations

  • 2017 to 2021 - Augusta Margaret River Shire Council (Elected Member)
  • 2017 to present - Adjunct Research Fellow, Department of Social Work, Monash University, (Member)
  • 2017 to present - Women’s Climate Justice Collective, (Co-Chair)
  • 2016 - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Women and Gender Constituency, (NGO representative)
  • 2015 to present - Just Home Margaret River Inc, (Co-founder and Chairperson)
  • 2014 - United Nations Women’s Major Group, (NGO representative)
  • 2014 - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group, (NGO representative)
  • 2014 - United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 58th Session, (NGO Representative)

Awards and recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2017 to present - Adjunct Research Fellow, Department of Social Work, Monash University
  • 2016 - Bridging Postdoctoral Fellowship, Monash University


  • 2017 - Early Career Publication Prize, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2017 - Stella Giles Award for Achievement in Women’s Rights, Soroptimist International WA
  • 2015 - Postgraduate Publication Award, Monash University
  • 2008 - Most Outstanding Social Work Thesis, Department of Social Work, Monash University
  • 2007 - Margaret Yandell Fieldwork Prize, Department of Social Work, Monash University

Research areas and interests

  • Feminist Participatory Action Research methodology
  • Gender and climate change
  • Feminist climate justice
  • Housing justice
  • Rural social justice
  • Gender justice

School research grant

Title: Climate Justice and the WA Community Sector
Funding: $1,660 from SAH internal funds.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2015.
  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Social Work, Monash University, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2008.


Recent Research Grants

  • Pacific Girls in a Changing Climate,  Plan International Australia,  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $64,868.
  • Mainstreaming gender in action for climate justice in Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant – 2020,  2020 - 2021,  $29,974.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Godden, N., Macnish, P., Chakma, T., Naidu, K., (2020), Feminist participatory action research as a tool for climate justice. Gender and Development, 28(3), 593-615, DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2020.1842040.
  • Godden, N., (2018), ‘Love in community work in rural Timor-Leste: a co-operative inquiry for a participatory framework of practice. Community Development Journal, 53(1), 78-98, DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bsw022.
  • Godden, N., (2018), Community work research through co-operative inquiry in Timor-Leste, Australia and Peru: Insights into process. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 31(1), 55-73, DOI: 10.1007/s11213-017-9420-0.
  • Godden, N., (2017), The participation imperative in co-operative inquiry: personal reflections of an initiating researcher. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 30(1), 1-18, DOI: 10.1007/s11213-016-9387-2.
  • Godden, N., (2017), The Love Ethic: A Radical Theory for Social Work Practice. Australian Social Work, 70(4), 405-416, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2017.1301506.
  • Godden, N., (2017), A co-operative inquiry about love using narrative, performative and visual methods. Qualitative Research, 17(1), 75-94, DOI: 10.1177/1468794116668000.
  • Gartrell, A., Jennaway, MG., Manderson, L., Godden, N., (2016), Making the Invisible Visible: Disability Inclusive Development in Solomon Islands. Journal of Development Studies, 52(10), 1389-1400, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2015.1121238.
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