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Lynsey Ellis

Professional Clinician in Social Work

School of Social Work

Lynsey is an active member of the Central Auckland Rough Sleepers Initiative and Sustainable Bays Transition town group. Her research interests include social work ethics, environmental and sustainable social work and field education. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student the working titile of her research is "Educating for our future; addressing the impacts of climate change in New Zealand social work education"

Twitter: SocialClimateNZ

Lynsey moved to New Zealand from London in 2002. She now lives with her partner and two children in Auckland. Her social work practice background spans homeless and transient populations, social services management, forensic mental health and addictions. Her experience extended to a total of twenty years practice before taking a teaching role on the social work programme at Massey University in 2010, Lynsey also coordinates all social work field placements for the Auckland area.  She enroled in the PhD Social Work in January 2015 looking at educating NZ social workers on the impacts of climate change.


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Contact details

  • Ph: +649 213 6349
    Location: QA2/39, Quad A
    Campus: Albany


  • Social work Registration - Social Work Registration Board (2007)
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours - Thames Valley University London (1997)
  • Master of Arts - Middlesex University UK (2000)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Lynsey is enrolled in the PhD Social Work her title and objectives are: "Educating for our future; addressing the impacts of climate change in New Zealand social work education".

Overall research aims:

  • To communicate the impacts of climate change to the social work community.
  • To encourage an awareness and reflection of how these impacts will affect clients of social work in New Zealand.
  • To work with the social work students, educators and practitioners using the cycles of action research, to make sense of the impacts of climate change and translate their meaning for the New Zealand social work practice context.
  • To encourage social workers to develop their practice using a sustainable approach.
  • To identify future training needs for social workers on sustainability and climate change impacts.



Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Clinical Social Work Practice (160701): Social Program Evaluation (160703): Social Work (160700): Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799): Studies In Human Society (160000)

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