I have a wealth of experience working as a social scientist on projects in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
I hold a PhD in gender and anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts (with 1st class Honours) in Psychology. My doctoral thesis involved two years of residential fieldwork and focused on health and sexuality among young women in a West Papuan (eastern Indonesia) city.
I have delivered quality products, on time, for clients including:
- Multilateral Agencies (Asia Development Bank, UNDP, UNFPA)
- International NGOs (World Vision; Oxfam)
- Research Organisations (Monash, Melbourne, and Queensland Universities)
- Victorian State Government (Vic. Dept. of Justice; WorkSafe)
- Community-Based/Not-for Profit Organisations (Emergency Services Foundation; Yayasan Kesehatan Bethesda; other West Papuan NGOs).
- Firms or Consulting Businesses (EnviroSolutions, Arcoona, Ananda)
In addition to consulting in the fields of health, social and infrastructure development, I have worked as a lecturer, subject coordinator and tutor in medical anthropology at the University of Melbourne. I currently lead a Better Mental Health consortium and projects for emergency responders across the state of Victoria for the Emergency Services Foundation.
Circular Economy for Reducing Marine Plastic
In 2020-2021 I supported a multidisciplinary team at the Asia Development Bank develop two detailed projects plans to build a circular plastics economy to end the marine plastic pollution crises. These plans – one Asia regional and one Indonesia specific – helped secure Global Environment Facility (GEF) funding and placed women, informal waste workers and other marginal groups at the heart of project activities.
Waste Management system upgrade – Jakarta
In 2021 I integrated GEDSI in a preliminary study to support the DKI Jakarta improve waste management, collection and transport arrangements for all. This work was part of Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur (“KIAT”), a facility that works with the Government of Indonesia (“GOI”) to improve policy and regulatory frameworks via supporting high-quality projects and infrastructure delivery.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ‘Programme for Earthquake and Tsunami reconstruction Assistance’ (PETRA)
In 2020 I produced a technical report with a checklist, specifications and recommendations to build gender and socially inclusive (GESI) critical public infrastructure in the post-disaster regions of Lombok and Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Policy and Research Officer, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
In 2017 I produced a consolidated research report from the data of mixed-methods study of female genital mutilation in ten Indonesian regions. Findings and recommendations of my report was the basis of policy advocacy work with a range of stakeholders, including national ministries and community-based organisations (CBOs).
Community-based waste Management
Asia Institute, Monash University
In 2017 I designed a method, conducted field-based interviews and produced a report that documented and evaluated a grassroots waste management/eco-village initiative in a village in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
HIV /AIDS Prevention
Yayasan Peduli Perempuan, ‘Stop HIV’, Manokwari, Papua
In 2004 I worked with NGO staff to design a gender and culture sensitive methodology for HIV survey work. I trained staff and cadres in interview techniques from a GESI perspective for HIV survey work.
Lecturer, The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
For ten years (since 2010) I co-lectured the subject ‘Global Health, Security and Sustainability’ from an anthropological angle. I discussed gender and culture in the context of the root causes of disease, poverty, injustice and inequity that exist in Indonesia and the world today.
Gender and Disability Inclusive Sanitation Infrastructure
Ananda Consult, ‘Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure’ (KIAT)
In 2018 I developed Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) strategies for the concept notes of eight sanitation infrastructure projects in various cities in Java. This was part of planning work for KIAT infrastructure reform in Indonesia. funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
World Vision Australia, ‘Women and their Children’s Health Project’ (WATCH)
In 2000 I documented and reviewed changes and issues in an AusAID health project in Jayawijaya regency, Papua province in Indonesia. At the time, this project was the longest bilateral project in Indonesia.
Project Manager, Emergency Services Foundation, ‘WorkWell Learning Networks’
Since 2019 I have project managed a State government funded program to support better mental health among Victorian emergency responders. This project:
- co-ordinates a network: brings together wellbeing managers for 14 agencies to share knowledge and experience to drive better mental health outcomes across the sector
- co-designs and run pilots – two pilots have been co-designed and are currently being tested. One to develop middle managers to lead for better mental health. The other, to support older emergency responders to transition well to retirement
- builds evidence– drives studies and research to build understanding where there are knowledge gaps
- shares knowledge – we run events and create and disseminate knowledge products to build awareness of the issues and solutions