Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Critical perspectives to inform social work practice
  • Critical gerontology
  • Collaborative & participatory research design
  • Well-being and sustainable practices
  • Integrity; ethics & human rights

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Tina Kostecki

Tina has worked for 23 years as a social work practitioner, manager and coordinator, primarily in the women’s services sector, but also in health (multi-disciplinary teams) and family services. In the past 13 years she has been teaching and researching in tertiary education.

Tina's research interests are aligned to her personal commitments to social justice issues and include critical theory, critical gerontology and the application of critical theoretical perspectives to inform social work practice. Field education is of particular interest as she believes it can be a powerful and transformative experience for students and as such, represents an important learning stage of the social work degree.


  • PhD, Deakin University, Australia, 2016
  • MSW, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2001
  • BSW, University of Queensland, Australia, 1983

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Kostecki, K., & Macfarlane, S. (190101). Women and older age: Exploring the intersections of privilege and oppression across lifetimes In Baines, D. ;. (Ed.) (1st) (pp. NA-NA). Australia: Red Globe Press.
2016 Kostecki, K. (160101). Developing anti-ageist practice in social work In Pease, B. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 241-253). Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin.
2014 Kostecki, K. (140101). Resisting age conformity in everyday life In Pallotta-Chiarolli, M. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 205-216). London, England: Routledge.

Year Citation
2021 Kostecki, T., Hodge, L., Dervisovski, V., & Fitzgerald, C. (211001). Beyond a Sugarcoated Pill: Critical Approaches to Social Work Field Supervision Paper presented at Research on Social Work Practice (pp. 770-779).

doi: 10.1177/1049731521996475

2019 Kostecki, K., Morley, C., Ablett, P., Hodge, L., & Turner, S. (191007). Radical challenges facing field education: A case for critical pedagogy. Paper presented at (pp. 44-45).
2017 Kostecki, T. (171103). Intersections of oppression and privilege for women in later life Common Ground Publishing.

Year Citation
2021 Venville, A., Kostecki, T., Lynch, B., Santhanam, E., & Whitty, A. (210101). Formalizing feedback in work-integrated learning partnerships: Opportunities for collaboration. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 22(1), (17-23).
2018 Kostecki, K., & Loos, M. (180101). Exploring Formal Supervision in SocialWork Field Education: Issues andChallenges for Students and Supervisors. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 20(1), (17-31).
2016 Kostecki, K., & Macfarlane, S. (160101). Growing Old in the Lucky Country. Social Alternatives, 35(4), (54-58).
2012 Kostecki, T. (120101). Resistance and Reconstruction: Older Women Talk about Childhood Sexual Abuse. The International Journal of Aging and Society, 1(1), (19-30).

doi: 10.18848/2160-1909/cgp/v01i01/35172

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

The Brimbank Community Register: An Exploration of Impact and Potential
From: Brimbank City Council
Other investigators: Dr Anne Venville, Dr Wendy Rollins
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Teaching activities & experience

Tina is Coordinator of the following units:

  • ASW3205 Field Education 1
  • ASW3002 Professional Practice
  • ASW3206 Filed Education 2
  • ASW4002 Advanced Professional Practice


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.