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Professor Erin Wilson

Uniting Kildonan Chair in Community Services Innovation


Professor Erin Wilson is a leading researcher and thinker in the field of participatory social change. She has a track record in the areas of disability and inclusion, and prior to this, Indigenous community management and development. Professor Wilson's research career has focused on research that ‘makes a difference’ through high relevance, participation of those most affected, and high utility of the research products. Working collaboratively with key stakeholders, she has sought to influence policy and practice via strongly embedded projects that directly interface with stakeholder activities and offer immediate translation opportunities into policy and practice.

Professor Wilson has advised government in areas such as outcomes measurement of social services (W.A.; Victoria; Commonwealth), including the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Her work is under-pinned by the design of inclusive and participatory research methods that enable a full diversity of participation, including children and adults with diverse disabilities. Her work in this arena has included research in Australia, PNG and Vanuatu. Methods to influence change have included policy briefs, guides to practice, and short films, as well as academic publications.

Recent research activities have focused on the experience of choice among people with psychosocial disability accessing the NDIS; identifying priorities for building the capacity of mainstream and community services to include people with disabilities; and the human rights priorities of children with disabilities.

Professor Wilson currently holds the Uniting Kildonan Chair in Community Services Innovation.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Also published as: Wilson, Erin; Wilson, E.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Evaluation of the Victorian Employer Enablement Project (VEEP) *; Australian Network on Disability
  • 2019: Definitions of choice in policy and lived experience of people with psychosocial disability in the NDIA *; Mind
  • 2019: Identifying the priorities of inclusion and mainstream capacity building for people with a spinal cord injury to inform direct action to improve inclusion *; Spinal Life
  • 2019: Theory of Change Workshop *; Valley Financial Services

* Chief Investigator

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