Researcher biography

I am a sociocultural anthropologist, my research interests include gendered violence, refugee and migrant studies, social movements and institutions, and feminist theory. Prior to academia I worked in the human services for 15 years, mostly in domestic violence and refugee resettlement organisations. My work therefore has a particular interest in critical praxis, focusing on strategies addressing gendered violence at the level of policy, advocacy and front-line service delivery. My work seeks to examine the inclusion and exclusion of marginalised groups from mainstream systems and institutions, and explore what can be done differently to address social inequalities. I have published in international journals on intimate partner violence and refugee communities; gender, race, ethnicity and culture, with a particular focus on institutional whiteness; and gendered violence in a broader context of structural inequalities and coercive interventions by services and systems that diminish women's empowerment and their ability to practice consent. 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship: "Sexual Violence and the Limits of Consent"

The 'Sexual Violence and the Limits of Consent' project aims to explore ideas of 'affirmative consent', providing evidence-based knowledge to researchers, government, educators, and front-line groups. A cross disciplinary project across the HASS, my postdoctoral research fellowship under this project is exploring the experiences of refugee and migrant women, as advocates, front-line workers and community leaders, in the affirmative consent campaign in Australia. 

Duration: 2022