Researcher

Dr Natasha Cortis

My Expertise

Organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services; paid care work; community sector organisations; the community services workforce; non-profit organisations; charities.

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Overview

Dr Natasha Cortis, BEc(SocSci) Hons PhD (Syd), is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Her work explores the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services, focusing on issues of financial sustainability in not-for-profit organisations; funding and workforce issues in community services; and women's employment and economic security. Dr Cortis joined SPRC in 2005 and was UNSW Vice-Chancellors...view more

Overview

Dr Natasha Cortis, BEc(SocSci) Hons PhD (Syd), is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Her work explores the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services, focusing on issues of financial sustainability in not-for-profit organisations; funding and workforce issues in community services; and women's employment and economic security. Dr Cortis joined SPRC in 2005 and was UNSW Vice-Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-13. She is part of the ACOSS Policy Advisor Network (2015-18) and Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues. 

Current and recent projects include:

From 2014 to 2016 Natasha led a study of strategies to promote women's economic security following domestic violence, funded by Australia's National Research Organisation on Women's Safety. Evidence provided to the Fair Work Commission can be found here. Dr Cortis' submission to the Australian Parliament's inquiry into market readiness of the NDIS can be found here.

HDR Supervision:

Natasha is currently supervising PhD candidates: Axelle Marjolin and Karen Wilcox (with Abigail Powell);  Eugenia Marembo (with kylie valentine);  and Valeriia Kasatkina (with Fiona Hilferty). Recent completions include Georgia van Toorn (supervised with Karen Soldatic) and Tammy Burnstock (with Bettina Cass).


My Qualifications

BEc(SocSc) Hons PhD Syd


My Awards

2018- Mary Parker Folette Award for Theory Informed Research. Awarded by the United States Network for Social Work Management for the article Working Time in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Organizations: What Influences Prospects for Employee Control? (co-authored with Dr Abigail Powell) https://socialworkmanager.org/2018-journal-awards/

2018- Dean's Award for Social Impact. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Awarded for research on NDIS pricing (with Dr Fiona Macdonald, Dr Bob Davidson and Eleanor Bentham)

2015- Award for Excellence in Evaluation. Awarded by the Australasian Evaluation Society for contribution to the 'Keep them Safe' evaluation.

2012- Norm Smith Publication in Social Work Research Award. Awarded for best article in Australian Social Work, won jointly for article co-authored with Professor Gabrielle Meagher for article titled Social Work Education as Preparation for Practice: Evidence from a Survey of the New South Wales Community Sector. 

2008- Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UNSW

1999- Women in Politics Prize, Australasian Political Studies Association and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (for article titled Gender, Pay Equity, and Human Service Work: A NSW Case Study).  

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Location

239 Goodsell Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 7833
+61 2 9385 7838