Research

My most recent and currently commencing research project Disability and Disasters: Empowering people and building resilience to risk, is a three country (Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia) funded by the Global Partnership for Resilience. I will lead the examination of the specific impacts of disasters on women with disabilities in rural Cambodia which will be conducted together with the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation.

In 2010, I was awarded an Australian Research Development Award (ARDA) and an ARC Linkage with AusAID (now DFAT) to conduct research on socio-culturally appropriate solutions to disability-based disadvantage in Solomon Islands, one of the first in-depth studies of disability in the Pacific. I have also conducted qualitative research on particularly vulnerable social groups in Australia including care pathways for people with anxiety and depression and on employment, post-traumatic stress disorder amongst refugees and asylum seekers, which led to program and policy reforms and communications material to guide consumers. In December 2012, as a Research Consultant for Australian Red Cross, I conducted an extensive critical review of literature on vulnerability in people seeking asylum. In February 2013, I was employed as Senior Research Fellow by Australian Red Cross to conduct research on the lived experiences of people seeking asylum in Australia. The results of this study were launched at Parliament House on June 23, 2013, released in various media including The Guardian and The Age and presented at an internal Red Cross Migration Support Programs National Practitioners Forum.

I worked as Research Advisor at Oxfam Australia for four years where I provided research expertise and guidance to development programs in social vulnerability in Timor Leste, the prevention of genderbased violence in Bangladesh and Solomon Islands, and climate change adaptation in South and Southeast Asia. I developed Oxfam Australia’s ethical research and research methodological guidelines that were utilised across the organisation and in Oxfam international offices. I played a key role in the establishment of collaborative projects between Monash University and Oxfam Australia and was involved in mainstreaming disability across Oxfam country programs.

Research Grants

Monash University, Joint Arts/Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Small Grants Scheme (2006), Chief Investigator, Reproductive choice, motherhood and risk: women with disability in Cambodia.

AusAID, Australian Development Research Award (2009), Chief Investigator, Socio-cultural attitudes to disability in the Solomon Islands: Identifying culturally appropriate solutions to disadvantage.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project (2010), Chief Investigator, Socio-cultural attitudes to disability in the Solomon Islands: Identifying culturally appropriate solutions to disadvantage.

AusAID, Australian Development Research Award (2013), Chief Investigator, Achieving equity for people with disabilities: Disability inclusive development programming in the employment sector in Cambodia.

Global Resilience Partnership. Global Resilience Challenge. Disability and disasters: Empowering people and building resilience to risk. A three country study in Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia. Round 2 Resilience Team Member and Chief Investigator for Cambodia, at Round 3.