1996 …2022

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My research interests include gender equity for rural and remote women and youth: gender and development: linguistic and cultural diversity: mother-tongue education: endangered language documentation by Indigenous speakers. My research methodologies include mixed and unique, qualitative and quantitative methods that are linguistically and culturally relevant to participants and funding agencies.

I currently lead the project 'Gender Equitable Agricultural Extension through institutions and youth in Papua New Guinea'. This project is funded by the Australian Centre for international Agricultural Research (ACIAR). For more details on our project see here

I have extensive experience working with remote Indigenous peoples, particularly women, across many regions of Australia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan. This experience has enabled me to design and lead new place-conscious teaching and research methodologies for Australian Aid projects in Australasia that focus on culturally appropriate and relevant capacity building programs. My research and development of women’s team leadership and families training programmes in remote communities of PNG has led to a focus on the barriers and enablers for youth as future farmers.

I am a UNESCO International Research Fellow for Community, Leadership and Youth Development and  a founding member of UC CIRI (The University of Canberra Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative). I regularly develop, review or analyse gender- and youth related data and tools that contribute to the development of frameworks and guidelines for integrating gender issues into the design of research for development projects. I  developed ACIAR’s Gender Guidelines.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Linguistics Training in Indigenous Adult Education and Its Effects on Endangered Languages, Charles Darwin University

Award Date: 20 Sept 2017

External positions

UNESCO International Research Fellow, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation

2016 → …


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