Researcher biography

I am a sociocultural anthropologist, my research interests include gender 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. My work therefore has a particular interest in critical praxis, focusing on strategies addressing gender 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.

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

PhD Thesis: "Domestic Violence and Refugee Resettlement in Australia: How are we 'doing' Intersectionality'

My PhD explored responses in the human services to the issue of domestic violence and refugees in Southeast Queensland, Australia. The question of ‘how are we ‘doing’ intersectionality responded to the increasing use of intersectionality by government, policy groups and services addressing gender violence. My analysis of domestic violence policy and interviews with front-line workers revealed exclusionary practices and the ongoing marginalisation of refugee and migrant women; problematic power relations; and the limits of individualistic and criminalistic means to address gender violence. However, my research also found the dissenting voices of workers, some who were from refugee and migrant backgrounds themselves, suggesting the need to make space for those wanting to do things differently.

Duration: 2017-2021 (Thesis currently under examination)


Maturi, J. (2022). Shifting the Centre: Relocating Refugee Men in Strategies aiming to Address Violence Against Women. Violence Against Women (forthcoming, accepted 29/11/21) 

Maturi, J. and Munro, J. (2020, 11 09). Should Australia Criminalise Coercive Control: Fighting domestic violence and unintended consequences. Policy Forum.