Professor Linda Briskman

Professor Linda Briskman

Margaret Whitlam Chair of Social Work,
Social Work & Community Welfare

Biography

Linda Briskman is an experienced academic and human rights social worker. She began her social work career in the field of child and family welfare in rural communities. Areas of expertise inlclude  Indigenous rights; migration/refugees;  and racism, particularly Islamophobia. She conducts inter-disciplinary research and publishes across these three areas in Australia and internationally. Recent books include: Indigenous Health Ethics: An appeal to human rights (co-edited with Deborah Zion and Alireza Bagheri 2021), Social Work in the Shadow of the Law (co-edited with Simon Rice and Andrew Day 2018) and Social Work with Indigenous Communities: A human rights approach (2014). Current research includes a Stolen Generations Story (with Associate Professor Terri Libesman (UTS), Children of Isamophobia (with UWA and Charles Sturt universities) and  CI on an NHMRC project, Dalarinji, led by Associate Professor Karen Soldatic. Previous appointments include Professor of Human Rights at Swinburne University of Technology and Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education at Curtin University. 

This information has been contributed by Professor Briskman.

Qualifications

  • PhD Monash University
  • MSW University of Melbourne
  • DipSocStud University of Melbourne
  • DipCrim University of Melbourne
  • BA Monash University

Interests

  • Indigenous Rights
  • Migrations and Borders
  • Racism

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Social Work & Community Welfare

Contact

Email: L.Briskman@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
Mobile:
Location: 3.7.10

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Publications

Books

  • Rice, S., Day, A. and Briskman, L. (2018), 'Social Work in the Shadow of the Law', : The Federation Press 9781760021610.
  • Briskman, L. (2014), 'Social Work with Indigenous Communities: A Human Rights Approach', : Federation Press 9781862879485.
  • Briskman, L., Latham, S. and Goddard, C. (2008), 'Human Rights Overboard: Seeking Asylum in Australia', : Scribe Publications 9781921372407.

Chapters in Books

  • Briskman, L. (2020), 'Social work co-option and colonial borders', The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Social Work, Routledge 9781138604070.
  • Briskman, L. and Fiske, L. (2020), 'Transcending racism in asylum politics in Australia : quest for social workers', Anti-Racist Social Work: International Perspectives, Macmillan Education 9781352008159.
  • Briskman, L. (2019), 'Challenging harmful political contexts through activism', The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work, Routledge 9781138578432.
  • Yassine, L. and Briskman, L. (2019), 'Islamophobia and social work collusion', Working Across Difference: Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice, Red Globe Press 9781352006407.
  • Briskman, L. and Fiske, L. (2018), 'Asylum seekers in Indonesia', The Routledge Handbook of Community Development: Perspectives from Around the Globe, Routledge 9781138940765.
  • de Vries, L., Roman, M. and Briskman, L. (2018), 'Building strengths in asylum-seeker communities in Australia', Community Organising Against Racism: 'Race', Ethnicity and Community Development, Policy Press 9781447333760.
  • Libesman, T. and Briskman, L. (2018), 'Indigenous Australians : continuity of colonialism in law and social work', Social Work in the Shadow of the Law, Federation Press 9781760021610.
  • Briskman, L. and Ife, J. (2018), 'Extending beyond the legal : social work and human rights', Social Work in the Shadow of the Law, The Federation Press 9781760021610.
  • Briskman, L. (2018), 'Social work practice with ethnically and culturally diverse clients', Social Work: Fields of Practice, Oxford University Press 9780190309879.
  • Briskman, L. (2018), 'Recasting social work : human rights and political activism', Voices of Social Work: The Eileen Younghusband Lectures 1984 - 2018, International Association of Schools of Social Work 9781643162508.
  • Briskman, L. (2017), 'The politics of state-sanctioned violence in Australia : racialized constructions of nation', Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia, Berghahn Books 9781785334368.
  • Pawar, M. and Briskman, L. (2017), 'I cannot give up, I cannot give up on the children - Bernadette McMenamin, AO', Empowering Social Workers: Virtuous Practitioners, Springer 9789811038082.
  • Poynting, S. and Briskman, L. (2017), 'Terror incognito : black flags, plastic swords and other weapons of mass disruption in Australia', What is Islamophobia?: Racism, Social Movements and the State, Pluto Press 9780745399584.
  • Briskman, L. (2017), 'The wisdom of hindsight : cumulative lessons in activism', Radicals in Australian Social Work: Stories of Lifelong Activism, Connor Court Publishing 9781925501711.
  • Marlowe, J. and Briskman, L. (2017), 'Working with refugees and asylum seekers', Social Work: Contexts and Practices, Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand 9780190308728.
  • Briskman, L. and Fiske, L. (2016), 'Creating criminals : Australia's response to asylum seekers and refugees', The Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World, Columbia University Press 9780231171809.
  • Briskman, L. and Dimasi, M. (2016), 'Re-living Jenga : survivor narratives ', Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and Survival, Berghahn Books 9781785331015.
  • Briskman, L. and Mason, V. (2015), 'Abrogating human rights responsibilities : Australia's asylum-seeker policy at home and abroad', Migration and Integration in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia: A Comparative Perspective, Amsterdam University Press 9789089645388.
  • Briskman, L. (2014), 'Citizens or denizens : the stolen generations in Australia', Reconfiguring Citizenship: Social Exclusion and Diversity within Inclusive Citizenship Practices, Ashgate 9781409448983.
  • Briskman, L. (2014), 'Reflections of an activist social worker : challenging human rights violations', Global Social Work: Crossing Boundaries, Blurring Boundaries, Sydney University Press 9781743324042.
  • Briskman, L. and Libesman, T. (2014), 'De-colonisation or re-colonisation? : contemporary social work and Indigenous Australians', Social Work in the Shadow of the Law, Federation Press 9781862879492.
  • Briskman, L. (2013), 'Asylum seekers, human rights and social work', Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia Pacific, Sydney University Press 9781743320396.
  • Fiske, L. and Briskman, L. (2013), 'Working with refugees and asylum seekers', Social Work: Contexts and Practice, Oxford University Press 9780195520187.
  • Briskman, L. (2012), 'A clash of paradigms for asylum seekers : border security and human security', Activating Human Rights and Peace: Theories, Practices and Contexts, Ashgate 9781409430766.
  • Briskman, L. (2012), 'Integrating migrants and refugees in rural settings', Social Work in Rural Australia: Enabling Practice, Allen and Unwin 9781742373706.
  • Briskman, L. and Uriz Peman, M. (2012), 'Respecting rights', Practising Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries, Routledge 9780415560313.
  • Fleay, C. and Briskman, L. (2011), 'Human rights education at Curtin University : the interconnections of education, research and advocacy', Human Rights Education in Asia-Pacific. Volume Two, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center .
  • Briskman, L. and Dimasi, M. (2010), 'Not quite Australia : asylum seekers on an exceptional island', Enter at Own Risk?: Australia's Population Questions for the 21st Century, Black Swan Press 9780980631357.
  • Briskman, L. (2010), 'Restoring the rights of asylum seekers in Australia', Migration, Belonging and the Nation State, Cambridge Scholars 9781443820813.
  • Briskman, L. (2009), 'Pushing ethical boundaries for children and families', Critical Practice in Social Work, Palgrave Macmillan 9780230218635.
  • Briskman, L. and Libesman, T. (2009), 'Social work practice and indigenous Australians', In the Shadow of the Law, Federation Press 9781862877184.
  • Briskman, L. (2009), 'Academic activism for political change : opposing mandatory detention of asylum seekers', People, Place and Power: Australia and the Asia Pacific, Black Swan Press 9780980631302.
  • Fiske, L. and Briskman, L. (2009), 'The empire strikes back : refugees, race and the reinvention of empire', People, Place and Power: Australia and the Asia Pacific, Black Swan Press 9780980631302.
  • Briskman, L. (2009), 'Refugee activism and social work', Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia Pacific, Vulgar Press 9781743320396.
  • Nipperess, S. and Briskman, L. (2009), 'Promoting a human rights perspective on critical social work ', Critical Social Work: Theories and Practices for a Socially Just World, Allen and Unwin 9781742370927.
  • Fejo-King, C. and Briskman, L. (2009), 'Reversing colonial practices with Indigenous peoples', Critical Social Work: Theories and Practices for a Socially Just World, Allen & Unwin 9781742370927.
  • Briskman, L., Pease, B. and Allan, J. (2009), 'Introducing critical theories for social work in a neo-liberal context', Critical Social Work: Theories and Practices for a Socially Just World, Allen & Unwin 9781742370927.
  • Briskman, L. (2008), 'Decolonizing social work in Australia : prospect or illusion', Indigenous Social Work Around the World: Towards Culturally Relevant Education and Practice, Ashgate Publishing Limited 9780754648383.
  • Briskman, L. and Babacan, A. (2008), 'Turning away thy neighbour', Asylum Seekers: International Perspectives on Interdiction and Deterrence, Cambridge Scholars 9781847184917.
  • Babacan, A. and Briskman, L. (2008), 'The future for asylum seekers in a changing world ', Asylum Seekers: International Perspectives on Interdiction and Deterrence, Cambridge Scholars 9781847184917.
  • Briskman, L. (2008), 'Detention as deterrence', Asylum Seekers: International Perspectives on Interdiction and Deterrence, Cambridge Scholars 9781847184917.
  • Briskman, L. and Fiske, L. (2008), 'Teaching human rights at university : critical pedagogy in action', Activating Human Rights in Education: Exploration, Innovation and Transformation, Australian College of Educators 9781920819989.

Journal Articles

  • Soldatic, K., Briskman, L., Trewlynn, W., Leha, J. and Spurway, K. (2021), '[In Press] Social and emotional wellbeing of indigenous gender and sexuality diverse youth : mapping the evidence', Culture, Health and Sexuality, .
  • Soldatic, K., Sullivan, C., Briskman, L., Leha, J., Trewlynn, W. and Spurway, K. (2021), 'Social inclusion and exclusion for First Nations LGBTIQ+ people in Australia', Social Inclusion, vol 9, no 2 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Soldatic, K., Briskman, L., Trewlynn, W., Leha, J. and Spurway, K. (2021), 'Social exclusion/inclusion and Australian First Nations LGBTIQ+ young people's wellbeing', Social Inclusion, vol 9, no 2 , pp 42 - 51.
  • Morley, C., Le, C. and Briskman, L. (2020), 'The role of critical social work education in improving ethical practice with refugees and asylum seekers', Social Work Education, vol 39, no 4 , pp 403 - 416.
  • Briskman, L. (2020), 'The People's Inquiry into Detention : social work activism for asylum seeker rights', Journal of Sociology, vol 56, no 1 , pp 100 - 114.
  • Poynting, S. and Briskman, L. (2020), 'Asylum seekers in the global context of xenophobia : introduction to the special issue', Journal of Sociology, vol 56, no 1 , pp 3 - 8.
  • Spurway, K., Soldatic, K., Briskman, L., Uink, B., Liddelow-Hunt, S., Hill, B. and Lin, A. (2020), '[In Press] The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous LGBTQA+ young people : a global perspective', Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, .
  • Bisaillon, L., Khosravi, M., Jahandoost, B. and Briskman, L. (2020), 'Clever COVID-19, clever Citizens-98 : critical and creative reflections from Tehran, Toronto, and Sydney', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, vol 17, no 4 , pp 619 - 625.
  • Briskman, L. (2019), 'Vanquishing asylum seekers from Australia's borders : creating visibility for justice', Court of Conscience, vol 13 , pp 37 - 42.
  • Poynting, S. and Briskman, L. (2018), 'Islamophobia in Australia : from far-right deplorables to respectable liberals', Social Sciences, vol 7, no 11 .
  • Briskman, L. and Latham, S. (2017), 'Muslims at the Australian periphery', Coolabah, vol 21 , pp 33 - 46.
  • Briskman, L. and Latham, S. (2017), 'Refugees, Islamophobia, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali : challenging social work co-option', Affilia, vol 32, no 1 , pp 108 - 111.
  • Briskman, L. (2017), 'Revitalising radical social work', Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, vol 29, no 2 , pp 133 - 136.
  • Ali, M., Briskman, L. and Fiske, L. (2016), 'Asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia : problems and potentials', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, vol 8, no 2 , pp 22 - 43.
  • Fleay, C., Cokley, J., Dodd, A., Briskman, L. and Schwartz, L. (2016), 'Missing the boat : Australia and asylum seeker deterrence messaging', International Migration, vol 54, no 4 , pp 60 - 73.
  • McAuliffe, D., Williams, C. and Briskman, L. (2016), 'Moral outrage! Social work and social welfare', Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 10, no 2 , pp 87 - 93.
  • Briskman, L. and Dean, Y. (2016), 'Social workers without borders : voices for justice', Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 10, no 2 , pp 185 - 187.
  • Bisaillon, L., Gooshki, E. and Briskman, L. (2016), 'Medico-legal borders and the shaping of health services for Afghans in Iran : physical, social, bureaucratic, and public health conditions of care', International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, vol 2, no 1 , pp 40 - 58.
  • Briskman, L. and Doe, J. (2016), 'Social work in dark places : clash of values in offshore immigration detention', Social Alternatives, vol 35, no 4 , pp 73 - 79.
  • Albrithen, A. and Briskman, L. (2015), 'Social work ethics in Saudi Arabia : an exploration', British Journal of Social Work, vol 45, no 7 , pp 2192 - 2209.
  • Briskman, L. (2015), 'The creeping blight of Islamophobia in Australia', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol 4, no 3 , pp 112 - 121.
  • Williams, C. and Briskman, L. (2015), 'Reviving social work through moral outrage', Critical and Radical Social Work, vol 3, no 1 , pp 3 - 17.
  • Briskman, L. (2015), 'Situating the erosion of rights of indigenous children', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol 19, no 1 , pp 62 - 69.
  • Briskman, L. and Zion, D. (2014), 'Dual loyalties and impossible dilemmas : health care in immigration detention', Public Health Ethics, vol 7, no 3 , pp 277 - 286.
  • Briskman, L. (2013), 'Technology, control, and surveillance in Australia's immigration detention centres', Refuge, vol 29, no 1 , pp 9 - 19.
  • Fleay, C. and Briskman, L. (2013), 'Hidden men : bearing witness to mandatory detention in Australia', Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol 32, no 3 , pp 112 - 129.
  • Briskman, L. (2013), 'Voyages of the damned', Social Alternatives, vol 32, no 3 , pp 7 - 13.
  • Briskman, L. (2013), 'Courageous ethnographers or agents of the state : challenges for social work', Critical and Radical Social Work, vol 1, no 1 , pp 51 - 66.
  • Zion, D., Briskman, L. and Loff, B. (2012), 'Psychiatric ethics and a politics of compassion : the case of detained asylum seekers in Australia', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, vol 9, no 1 , pp 67 - 75.
  • Briskman, L., Fiske, L. and Dimasi, M. (2012), 'Collateral damage : the impact of Australian asylum seeker policy on Christmas Islanders (2001-2011)', Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol 6, no 2 , pp 99 - 115.
  • Mountz, A. and Briskman, L. (2012), 'Introducing island detentions : the placement of asylum seekers and migrants on islands', Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol 6, no 2 , pp 21 - 26.
  • Briskman, L., Zion, D. and Loff, B. (2012), 'Care or collusion in asylum seeker detention', Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 6, no 1 , pp 37 - 55.
  • Zion, D., Briskman, L. and Loff, B. (2010), 'Returning to history : the ethics of researching asylum seeker health in Australia', American Journal of Bioethics, vol 10, no 2 , pp 48 - 56.
  • Zion, D., Briskman, L. and Loff, B. (2010), 'Response to open peer commentaries on "Returning to History : The Ethics of Researching Asylum Seeker Health in Australia"', American Journal of Bioethics, vol 10, no 2 , pp 6 - 7.
  • Dimasi, M. and Briskman, L. (2010), 'Let them land : Christmas Islander responses to Tampa', Journal of Refugee Studies, vol 23, no 2 , pp 199 - 218.
  • Briskman, L., Zion, D. and Loff, B. (2010), 'Challenge and collusion : health professionals and immigration detention in Australia', International Journal of Human Rights, vol 14, no 7 , pp 1092 - 1106.
  • Zion, D., Briskman, L. and Loff, B. (2009), 'Nursing in asylum seeker detention in Australia : care, rights and witnessing', Journal of Medical Ethics, vol 35, no 9 , pp 546 - 551.
  • Surawski, N., Pedersen, A. and Briskman, L. (2008), 'Resisting refugee policy : stress and coping of refugee advocates', The Australian Community Psychologist, vol 20, no 2 , pp 16 - 29.
  • Cemlyn, S. and Briskman, L. (2003), 'Asylum, children's rights and social work', Child & Family Social Work, vol 8, no 3 , pp 163 - 178.

Conference Papers

  • Edenborough, M., Gale, F., Briskman, L., Mehta, R., Al-Wahab, S., Hema, T. and Farhat, Z. (2020), 'Critical social work in action : equipping social work graduates for socially just practice', Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research. Symposium, Online.
  • Mehta, R. and Briskman, L. (2020), 'Where are the social workers?', Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research. Symposium, online.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Dalarinji - 'Your Story': Preliminary Report to Community', Report
  • 2017, 'Islamophobia in Australia 2014-2016', Report
  • 2011, 'The Hidden Men: A Report to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on Visits to the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre', Report

Current Projects

Title: Understanding the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ young people [via UWA]
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Karen Soldatic and Linda Briskman
Years: 2019-02-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00024909

Previous Projects

Title: International Social Work Student Exchange: facilitating good practice in Australia and Asia Pacific [via JCU]
Funder:
  • Department of Education and Training (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Linda Briskman
Years: 2017-04-24 - 2018-03-01
ID: P00024003

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Australian Young Men and the Islamic State: Identifying Factors Which Propelled Young Men to Travel to the Syrian and Iraqi Conflicts
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Issues and challenges affecting the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA and young peoples as communicated in digital spaces
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Application of Servant Leadership Model to the Understanding of Muslim Leadership in Modern Australia
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The White is Right? The Challenge with defining social work in Fiji
Field of Research: Social Work

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