Researcher

Associate Professor Jan Marian Breckenridge

My Expertise

Sexual & domestic violence issues; child protection - policy & practice; social movements & political change; general feminist & women's issues.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Jan Breckenridge is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW and is the Co-Convener of the UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network. Jan is also the Convener of the Social Inquiry Cluster which is a senior leadership role within the School of Social Sciences involving operational and strategic oversight of the following programs and streams – Criminology and Criminal Justice (BCCJ), Social...view more

Jan Breckenridge is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW and is the Co-Convener of the UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network. Jan is also the Convener of the Social Inquiry Cluster which is a senior leadership role within the School of Social Sciences involving operational and strategic oversight of the following programs and streams – Criminology and Criminal Justice (BCCJ), Social Research and Policy (SRAP), Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) and Sociology and Anthropology (SOCA) .


My Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Studies (Hons) Sydney University , PhD UNSW


My Awards

2015 - UNSW Staff Excellence Award in Work, Health and Safety – GV & Work Program
2014 - Dean's Award for Research Excellence
2014 - ARC Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision
2010 - UNSW Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement


My Research Activities

Co-Convener, UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network, which brings together over 60 UNSW research affiliates and internal members, with over 1000 followers on Twitter and 1,500 external subscribers. Jan co-chaired the first significant event of the GVRN - the Inaugural Asia Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations (2015), a three day conference which brought together 330 delegates from 20 countries, with 20 keynote speeches, 80 paper presentations and 7 pre-conference master classes covering a range of themes. These themes included investigating different forms of interventions and engaging with policy and legal responses, in an effort to combine research excellence and practitioner knowledge, and to promote policy discussion with the goal of reducing and mitigating the harmful effects of gendered violence.

Member, National Joint Reference Advisory Committee to the National centre of Excellence to reduce Violence Towards Women and their Children

Select Current and Recent Research Projects

  • Jan Breckenridge (Lead CI), kylie valentine, Kylie Cripps National Safe at Home Program Audit and the Development of an Operational Response Framework Commonwealth Department of Social Services – Category 2 Select Tender, 2017-2019
  • kylie valentine (Lead CI), Jan Breckenridge, Limin Mao and Gianfranco Giuntoli Evaluation of four community-based men’s behaviour change program pilots Women NSW, Department of Family and Community Services – Category 2 Select Tender, 2017-2019
  • Jan Breckenridge (Lead CI), kylie valentine, Natasha Cortis, National DFV and Sexual Assault Workforce Survey, Commonwealth Department of Social Services – Category 2 Select Tender, 2017-2018.
  • kylie valentine (Lead CI), Jan Breckenridge, Kylie Cripps, Kathryn Flanagan, Kylie Cripps, Lucinda Burns The provision of integrated housing support for families, including those affected by DFV Category 1 AHURI National Housing Research Program 2016-2018
  • Jan Breckenridge (Lead CI), Rapid Evidence Review – effectiveness of services delivered to victims and survivors of CSA, Attorney General’s Department/Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Category 2 Select Tender, 2015
  • Jan Breckenridge (Lead CI), kylie valentine, Susan Rees Meta-evaluation of existing interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated interventions and service responses to violence against women, Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety – Category 1 Grant, 2015
  • Jan Breckenridge (Lead CI), Donna Chung, Angela Spinney, Carole Zufferey National mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective "safe at home" programs, Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety – Category 1 Grant, 2015

Gendered Violence & Work Program (established 2015) – Specialist advice, development and provision of innovative and tailored training and eLearning for government, private and third-sector organisations: https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/research/gendered-violence-research-network/gendered-violence-work/

This project built on two research projects:

  • Jan Breckenridge (Lead CI), Safe at Home, Safe at Work – DV Workplace Rights and Entitlements Project, Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Commissioned Research, 2010-2013.
  • Jan Breckenridge (Lead CI), Family and Sexual Violence in the Workplace Strategies Project, Papua New Guinea [Phases 1 and 2], World Bank/IFC – Category 3 Competitive Tender, 2014-2015.

The GV & Work Program has received overwhelmingly positive evaluations of our development of best practice awareness and response training delivered to over 1,400 people to date; and the advice provided on the development of 15 evidence-informed organizational response frameworks; and currently developing 3 specialist e-learning packages for employees, as well as a specific gendered misconduct e-learning package for UNSW College students.


My Engagement

Co-Convener, UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network, which brings together over 60 UNSW research affiliates and internal members, with over 1000 followers on Twitter and 1,500 external subscribers. Jan co-chaired the first significant event of the GVRN - the Inaugural Asia Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations (2015), a three day conference which brought together 330 delegates from 20 countries, with 20 keynote speeches, 80 paper presentations and 7 pre-conference master classes covering a range of themes. These themes included investigating different forms of interventions and engaging with policy and legal responses, in an effort to combine research excellence and practitioner knowledge, and to promote policy discussion with the goal of reducing and mitigating the harmful effects of gendered violence.

Member, National Joint Reference Advisory Committee to the National centre of Excellence to reduce Violence Towrads Women and their Children


My Teaching

Teaching areas:
Socio-legal practice, therapeutic responses to trauma including community responses, research methods.  Convener, BSW (Honours) Program.

Areas of HDR supervision:
Trauma, domestic and sexual violence, gender, child abuse and child protection, welfare intervention and practice, qualitative research methodology

Current HDR supervision:

  • Sophie Yates PhD Social Sciences (Politics) Understanding the gender power dimensions of family violence: An analysis of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence
  • Jessica Russ-Smith PhD Scientia Scholar
  • Amelia Wheeler PhD Social Sciences (Social Work) Meaningful child inclusive practice in Family Court mediation and family dispute resolution
  • Jennette McGrory PhD Social Sciences (Social Work)
  • Samantha Lyneham PhD Social Sciences (Criminology)
  • Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer Professional Doctorate (Social Work)
  • Gillian Adams Professional Doctorate (Social Work)

Recent HDR completions:

  • Paula Jops PhD Social Sciences (Sociology) Negotiating survival: uncovering the lived experiences of Chin refugee women in Delhi, India who engage in risky livelihoods. UNSW Sydney 2017
  • Jennifer Brown PhD Social Sciences (Social Work) Parents’ Experiences of their adolescent’s mental health treatment.  A constructivist grounded theory investigation of parents’ experiences of their child’s treatment in a residential adolescent mental health service. UNSW Sydney 2017
  • Jen Hamer PhD Social Sciences (Sociology) [Not] Just a Piece of Paper – ontological practice and ethical obligations in the recognition of prior learning (RPL). UNSW Sydney 2013
  • Cheryl Fletcher, PhD Social Sciences (Social Work), Single by Choice - the stories of single women using doner insemination to achieve their family of choice (UNSW Sydney 2013)
  • Paul Andrews PhD Social Sciences (Social Work) Gay men talk about the place of extra-relational sex in their committed relationships: Orientations for the therapeutic terrain (UNSW Sydney 2010)
  • Jean Burke PhD Social Sciences (Social Work) The role of community and social ties in the prevention of post-natal HIV transmission to children in East Africa (UNSW Sydney 2008)
  • Riffat Haque PhD Social Sciences (Women’s and Gender Studies) Practices of purdah in Pakistan – increasing women’s agency and mobility? (UNSW Sydney 2003)
  • Diana Coholic PhD Social Sciences (Social Work) Spirituality and Social Work Practice – What constitutes best practice? (UNSW Sydney 2001)
  • Rachel Margolius PhD Social Sciences (Sociology) The experiences of Young People and Homelessness (UNSW Sydney 2001)
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Location

G41 Morven Brown

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1863
+61 (2) 9662 8991