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John Solas

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social Sciences , School of Education and Communities

I have held senior academic posts at seven Australian and three UK higher education institutions. My areas of teaching and research interest are professional ethics, moral and political philosophy and organisational behaviour. Details and impact of my research and scholarship can be found on Research Gate.

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I have taught Values and Ethics, Organisational Theory and Practice, Power and Discrimination and Theory and Methods in Social Work. I am a Research Fellow at Keele University and written extensively on empowerment, equality and social justice. All of my research has been published in highly ranked professional journals. I have also conducted and supervised research on crisis communication, precarious employment, recovery coaching, guidance counselling and child protection. I was a founding member of the Counselling and Family Therapy Clinic at Queensland University of Technology. While on staff at Charles Darwin University, I was a representative on the Northern Land Council, and his research and advocacy were instrumental in improving the delivery of primary health care services to Indigenous communities in the Central and Northern regions of Australia. I have been a National Director of the Australian Association of Social Workers and reviewer for Australian Social Work and the British Journal of Social Work.


The following is a selection of my research publications:

  • Solas, J. (2019). Conscientious objections to corporate wrongdoing. Business and Society Review, 124(1), 43-62.
  • Solas J. (2018). Is it just enough? Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 45, 2, 141-156.
  • Solas, J. (2018). Challenging discrimination between the deserving and undeserving in social work. Journal of Social Work Ethics and Values, 15, 2, 62-70.
  • Solas, J. (2016). The banality of bad leadership and followership. Society and Business Review, 11, 1, 12-23.
  • Solas, J. (2015). Pathological work victimisation in public sector organisations. Public Organisation Review, 2, 2, 255-265.