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Dr Vinathe Sharma-Brymer

MSW Qld.UT, PhD in Education UoWollongong, MEd Honours UoWollongong, MA in Psychology Uni of Mysore, India

  • Lecturer, Social Work
  • School of Law and Society
+61 7 5456 5816
Office location
Moreton Bay
Dr Vinathe Sharma-Brymer

Vinathe Sharma-Brymer has an interdisciplinary perspective to life, learning and work. Her academic qualifications and work experience are in the fields of Psychology, Environmental Studies, Education and Social Work. Drawing from diverse theoretical and practitioner approaches, Vinathe integrates knowledge, training and work/life experience in her teaching and research focusing on the overall improvement of quality of life.

Her passion for facilitating human agency is grounded in her work spread across Australia, the UK, and India. As a qualitative researcher, Vinathe’s methodological strengths are autoethnography and hermeneutic phenomenology. A qualified Forest Schools (UK) practitioner, she is keen about the benefits of nature-human relationship and has published in the area. She is interested in research collaborations focusing on Green/Environmental Social Work, Sustainability, Gender and Allied Health.

Professional Memberships 

  • Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT)
  • Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation
  • Australasian Animal Studies Association
  • Human Development and Capability Association, USA
  • National Academy of Psychology, India


  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Canberra, 2002

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Research areas

  • qualitative methodologies
  • hermeneutic phenomenology
  • autoethnography
  • critical theories
  • quality of life
  • human capabilities
  • green/environmental social work
  • gender and social justice

Teaching areas

  • SWK251 Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • SWK708 Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Dr. Vinathe Sharma-Brymer, specialist areas of knowledge include, Green/Environmental Social Work, Human Capabilities, Social Justice; Gender; Qualitative Research Methodologies.

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