Researcher biography

Professor Tamara Walsh has degrees in both Law and Social Work, and her interest is in social welfare law. Her research studies examine the impact of the law on vulnerable people including children and young people, people experiencing homelessness, people on low incomes, people with disabilities, mothers and carers. Most of her studies are sociolegal and empirical in nature, and she draws on human rights discourse and social exclusion theory to explore the influence that the law has on complex social problems. Her research has spanned 15 years and has been widely published, both in Australia and internationally.

In 2008, Tamara designed and established the UQ Pro Bono Centre, along with Dr Paul O'Shea and Prof Ross Grantham. The UQ Pro Bono Centre facilitates student and staff participation in pro bono legal activities, particularly public interest research and law reform. It is now a flagship program of the Law School. In 2010, Tamara established the Manning Street Project, a joint initiative between the TC Beirne School of Law and Caxton Legal Centre, which engages students in action-research on a volunteer basis to contribute to the law reform activities of the community legal sector.

Tamara is currently the lead researcher of the ARC Linkage project 'The criminalisation of poverty and homelessness: A national study' (2017-2019). She is also completing a project on the impacts of the child protection and youth justice systems on vulnerable young people, and she has been instrumental in the proposed establishment of a Community Justice Centre in southeast Queensland.

Tamara undertakes pro bono legal practice in the area of child protection, and she lectures in human rights law and constitutional law.

Featured projects Duration
Child protection and disability
The University of Queensland
20162017
Child Protection Law
The University of Queensland
20162017
Community Justice Initiatives
The University of Queensland
20162017
Student and client wellbeing and clinical legal education
The University of Queensland
20162017
The nexus between conditional welfare and homelessness in the UK and Australia
BEL Collaboration Seeding Grants Scheme
2018
Logan Community Justice Centre
AIBE Applied Research Fund
2018