Professor Verity is a sociologist, with a practice background in community development in Australia. She has worked in community development and management roles in local government, community health and the non-government sector. As an academic, she has taught and researched in areas of social policy, community development and social planning. She has expertise in participatory evaluation and research. Her areas of interest and expertise include community development and prevention in social care.
She held the position of Dean, School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University, South Australia over the period 2011-2013. From 2016-2020 she was the Director of the Wales School for Social Care Research. She is the Lead for the Developing Evidence Enriched Practice Programme (DEEP) across Wales, and a member of the AWEN Institute team. AWEN is ‘…undertaking co-created research to develop innovative solutions that will improve life for all of us as we age’ (https://aweninstitute.com/).