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Sandra Heaney-Mustafa

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Sandra has an extensive background in nursing and in primary health care in developing countries as nurse-midwife, health educator and community development worker. Sandra spent two years the Sudan managing a primary health care and community development project.

At the University of Newcastle in 1995 Sandra completed her doctorate which explored the reconceptualisation of health education as education for health based on notions of empowerment and the liberatory pedagogy of Paulo Freire.

She commenced teaching with the Faculty of Education at the University of Newcastle in 1987 and has taught at the University of Canberra since 2002 in community education and community development. Sandra teaches the subjects Working with Communities, Ethical and Professional Issues and Community Development Principles and Practice.

Research interests

  • Community education and development
  • Social justice and human rights
  • Professional ethics

Since 2010 Sandra has been deputy chief investigator on the Agricultural sector LInkages Project in Pakistan and Chief Investigator of a Land and Water rResources Project also in Pakistan funded by AICAR. In both projects adult learning strategies and collaborative problem solving methodologies have been used to enhance small farming community memebrs to improve livelihoods through new approaches to agriculutrual, irrigation and water management practices. Both projects have a focus on women and youth empowerment and educaiton as well as that of small landholing farmers.


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Pakistan Social Sciences
empowerment Social Sciences
small-scale farming Agriculture & Biology
products and commodities Agriculture & Biology
value chain Social Sciences
irrigation Social Sciences
farmer Social Sciences
researchers Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2012 2020

Research Output 2017 2019

Bridging Farmer and Researcher: Extension through the Eyes of Agents in Rural Pakistan

HEANEY-MUSTAFA, S., SOFO, F., Afzal, M., Anwar, Z., Fatima, B. & Hasan, F. U., 2018, In : Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education. 25, 3, p. 111-124 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Place-based Development: A Comparative Study of Gender Empowerment and Community Collaboration in Small Farming Households in Punjab, Pakistan

TAJ, S., HEANEY-MUSTAFA, S., CHAMBERS, B. & FITZGERALD, R., 1 Dec 2018, In : Asian Studies International Journal. 1, 1, p. 26-32 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

value chain
rural development

Women and Marginalised Group inclusion in Pakistan smallholder agriculture

CHAMBERS, B., SPRIGGS, J., HEANEY-MUSTAFA, S. & TAJ, S., Jan 2018, In : Development Bulletin. 79, p. 88-92 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

small-scale farming
products and commodities
research projects
agricultural industry

Women's empowerment and economic collaboration in rural Pakistan

SPRIGGS, J., CHAMBERS, B., HEANEY-MUSTAFA, S., Roy, S., AKMAL, N., Taj, S., Khan, I. A. & Mangan, T., 2017, In : Journal of Gender Agriculture and Food Security. 2, 2, p. 52-68 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

household survey