Deb Stanfield

Deb Stanfield

Senior ​Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 7826


Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, University of Auckland.
  • Certificate of Adult Tertiary Education, Wintec, 2013.
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Social Work, University of Auckland, 2013.
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision, Wintec, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada, 1988.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • Child protection social worker and supervisor in New Zealand and the UK, 2001-2011.
  • Member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW).
  • Registered professional supervision practitioner, 2007.
  • Registered social worker, 2006.
  • Freelance magazine journalist, 1997-2001.

Research Activity

‘To post, or not to post: Social workers’ perceptions of the use of a closed Facebook group as a participatory public space’. Presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Seoul, Korea, 2016, with Ballantyne, N., Beddoe, L., Lowe, S., and Hyslop, I.

‘Social work and social media in Aotearoa New Zealand: Forging new boundaries.’ Presented at the Joint Social Work Education Conference, Milton Keynes, UK, 2015.

Select Publications

Stanfield, D., & Beddoe, L. (2016). Social Work and Social Media in Aotearoa New Zealand: Educating Social Workers across Shifting Boundaries of Social Work Identity. Social Work Education, 35(3).

Stanfield, D. (2015). The sudden importance of social media to social workers in New Zealand [Blog post]. Reimagining Social Work. Retrieved from

Stanfield, D. (2015). Big brains and the modernisation of Child Youth and Family [Blog post]. Reimagining Social Work. Retrieved from

Stanfield, D. (2015). Social media in social work education [Book review]. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 17(1), 128-129.

Stanfield, D., & Beddoe, L. (2014). Social work and the media: A collaborative challenge. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 25(4), 41-51.

Stanfield, D., & Smith, K. (2013). Exploring hesitancy in professional decision making around children & young people at risk: Managing apprehension. Presented at Children in Crisis Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2013.