Klaus Serr is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and has held other senior academic posts at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia, prior to working at Latrobe University. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at International Social Service Australia (ISSA) and was until recently an Honorary Senior Fellow in Social Work at University of Melbourne (UoM). Between 2004/5-2010 Klaus was a visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, AAU where he was invited to help establish social work in Ethiopia. In 2006/07 he also developed the Social Work/ Youth Work curriculum at the Ethiopian Catholic University of St Thomas Aquinas. Klaus is a recipient of a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded in 2009 by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), the ACU Outstanding Community Services Award in 2006 and the Inaugural ACU Faculty Early Career Incentive Research Award in 2004. Klaus is the former Manager of Research and Policy at ISSA and a founding director of Social Work Services P/L. He has previously worked in the human services sector for more than twenty years in Australia, England and Hong Kong.
Klaus is an experience researcher and has been actively engaged in research on homelessness and poverty since the 1990s in a national and international context. He is the editor of Thinking about poverty (Federation Press) and developed and led the international qualitative poverty study series Shattered Dreams in Melbourne (Australia), in partnership with Catholic Social Service (Victoria), in Munich (Germany) with Caritas Germany and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), with Hope Enterprise/ the Ethiopian Catholic University of St Thomas. Klaus currently leads two international qualitative research projects in the area of child and family welfare, in partnership with UoM and ISSA.