Dr Alexandra Gartrell

I am a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Human Geography in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and have a background in international development, critical disability studies and participatory community development. My current research projects include the study of disability and employment in Cambodia; disability, gender and disasters in South-east Asia, globalisation and ASEAN regional integration and issues of entrenched socio-spatial disadvantage, migration and rural transformation.

I am currently Chief Investigator of a three year Australian Development Research Award research project funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The project “Achieving equality for people with disabilities: Disability-inclusive development programming in the employment sector in Cambodia” is a partnership with the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation and Deakin University and examines the effectiveness of NGO disability employment programs in supporting men and women with disabilities into formal and informal sector employment. Longitudinal qualitative and quantitative data have been collected and explore the intersections between impairment type, gender, education and household living situations. Findings will inform government and NGO policy and programs as well as contribute to critical geographical studies of disability, and will document how the experience of disability changes with socio-cultural and spatial context.