Principal Policy & Research Fellow, Inclusive Communities

Dr Deborah Warr joined the Social Policy and Research Centre in 2021 and leads the Inclusive Communities team, which focuses on promoting social and economic inclusion for people with disability.

Deborah has a PhD in sociology and has held posts at Charles Sturt University (2018–20) and the University of Melbourne (2012–17). Her research has included understanding how to build the health and resilience of rural communities, and exploring place-based disadvantage and neighbourhood stigma.

She is committed to supporting the meaningful involvement of marginalised communities in research and has wide experience in participatory methods and co-producing research with community partners.


BSL publication

Thies, A, Warr, D, Mallett, S & Brown, D 2021 10 strategies for improving employment outcomes for people with disability

Selected external publications

Warr, D, Jacobs, K & Paternoster, H 2022, 'Bogan talk: what it says (and can’t say) about class in Australia’, in S Threadgold & J Gerrard (eds), Class in Australia, Monash University Publishing

Warr, D, Luscombe, G & Couch, D 2021, ‘Hype, evidence gaps and digital divides: telehealth blind spots in rural Australia’, in Health: and Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine

Warr, D, Taylor, G & Jacobs, K 2021, ‘You can’t eat art! But can arts-based research challenge neighbourhood stigma?’, Qualitative Research, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 268–87.

McQuiltan, G, Warr, D, Humphery, K & Spiers, A 2020, ‘Ambivalent entrepreneurs: arts-based social enterprise in a neoliberal world’, Social Enterprise Journal, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 121–40. https://doi .org/10.1108/SEJ-03-2019-0015

Taylor, G & Warr, D 2018, ‘Touchy art: promoting cultural inclusion in low-income neighbourhoods’, Conjunctions – Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1–16.

Kelaher, M, Paradies, Y, Ferdinand, A & Warr, D 2018,Exploring the mental health benefits of participation in an anti-racism intervention’, Health Promotion International, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 107–14. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daw048

Mann, R & Warr, D 2017, ‘Using metaphor and montage to analyse and synthesize diverse qualitative data: exploring the local worlds of "early school leavers"’, International Journal for Social Research Methodology, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 547–58.

Warr, D, Davern, M, Mann, R & Gunn, L 2017, ‘Diversifying experiences of neighbourhood community and the implications for poverty reduction strategies’, Urban Policy and Research, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 150–64. .

Warr, D.J & Robson, B 2013, ‘“Everybody’s different”: struggles to find community on a suburban frontier’, Housing Studies, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 971–92.

Murray, L, Warr, D, Chen, J, Block, K, Murdelo, A, Quiazon, R, Davis, E & Vaughan, C 2019,‘Between “here” and “there”: family violence against immigrant and refugee women in urban and rural Southern Australia’, Gender, Place & Culture, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 91–110. .

Paternoster, H, Warr, D & Jacobs, K 2018, ‘The enigma of the bogan and its significance to class in Australia: a socio-historical analysis’, Journal of Sociology, vol. 54, no. 3, pp.  429–45.