Researcher

Associate Professor Caroline Lenette

My Expertise

refugee-background women, arts-based research, refugee-background students in higher education, human rights, co-design, participatory methods and ethics, trauma-informed and social justice research.

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Cultural studies, Sociology of inequalities

Biography

Caroline Lenette is Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences. She is affiliated with the Australian Human Rights Institute and the Forced Migration Research Network. She is a leading interdisciplinary researcher focussing on participatory methods and social justice informed research especially with refugee-background co-researchers. Her scholarship centres on how co-research through creative means and gender-sensitive research can...view more

Caroline Lenette is Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences. She is affiliated with the Australian Human Rights Institute and the Forced Migration Research Network. She is a leading interdisciplinary researcher focussing on participatory methods and social justice informed research especially with refugee-background co-researchers. Her scholarship centres on how co-research through creative means and gender-sensitive research can influence decision-makers and policymaking towards meaningful change. Caroline also explores how ethics in research practice is conceptualised in participatory research. Her aim is to tackle social justice issues like gender inequality, marginalisation and exclusion through her research. Caroline is the author of Arts-based methods in refugee research: Creating sanctuary (2019, Springer). Her book on Participatory Action Research will be published with Oxford University Press in 2021.


My Grants

Recent grants

  1. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery 2020: Women marginalised by mental health, disability or refugee status ($207,000).

  2. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage 2014: Developing Best Practice for Settlement Services for Refugee Women-at-Risk ($225,000).

  3. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) grant: Women and girls and the Global Compact on Refugees ($788,500).

  4. Australian National Commission for UNESCO grant 2018: Changing lives one degree at a time: Refugee students' digital narratives of higher education experiences ($12,000).

  5. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Scheme (CAD74,000): Finding Home: Housing, Migration & Research-Creation (see https://www.projectfindinghome.com/dfg).

  6. South West Sydney Health Small Grant Scheme (STARTTS $20,000): Disability in South Western Sydney: Experiences of the Iraqi and Syrian refugee communities.

Fellowships

  1. 2017 European Union – Durham University Co-fund International Senior Research Fellowship in Research and EnterpriseCentre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK.
  2. 2014 Endeavour Executive Fellowship ($19,500) – Visiting Scholar: Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

My Qualifications

PhD Social Work and Human Services (QUT) 2011

MIntSocDev (UNSW) 2004


My Awards

Shortlisted - FASS Dean’s Research Award for Achievement as ECR (2016) 

Griffith Health Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Teaching (2011)

Bachelor of Human Services Medallist, Griffith University (2003)


My Research Activities

Caroline's current projects include: a body mapping project to explore stigma among women affected by refugee, disability and mental health status (Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2020); walking interviews to explore women's meanings attached to ‘home’ (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development grant 2018); and an exploration of the experiences of Syrian and Iraqi refugee children and young people with disabilities who have recently arrived in Sydney via arts-based methods (South West Sydney Research Small Grant Scheme 2018).


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Arts-based research

Gender issues and forced migration studies

Education


Currently supervising

PhD: Mr Oscar Curry (2018, Joint-Principal): Domestic migration of refugee populations in Australia; Ms Ruth Horsfall (2020, Joint-Principal): Participatory theatre and refugee women in Western Sydney; Mr Amani Kasherwa (2020, Joint-Principal): Survival strategies among child sexual abuse victims. Ms Carly Hawkins (2020, Joint-Principal): Educational attainment of school-aged asylum seeker and refugee children detained in Nauru. Ms Keren David (2021, Joint-Principal): Impact of COVID-19 on regional resettlement.

Masters: Ms Samah Shda: Refugee access to higher education.

Completions - PhD: Dr Reeny Jurczyczyn (Associate): Higher education and young people in care (2014); Dr Paula Jops (Secondary): Negotiating Survival: Experiences of Urban Refugee Women in Delhi, India Who Engage in "Risky" Livelihoods (2017). Dr Annabel Dulhunty (Co-Principal): Gender and Development: Worth the Hype for the most marginalised? The impact on lower caste women in West Bengal, India. Dr Amelia Wheeler (2015, Joint-Principal): Bringing the child’s perspective into family dispute resolution: a critical analysis of policy and legislation related to Australian post-separation family dispute resolution practices. Masters: Ms Catherine Clark (2018): Enabling Pathways for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Higher Education. Ms Grace Thomas (2018): Women’s narratives and the #MeToo movementMs Geneve O'Connor (2017): Neoliberal appropriation of community development and young women aged 15-25. Honours: Mr Luke Upton (2015): Evidence-based refugee policy; Ms Hannah Zeb (2016): Visual representations of asylum seekers and terrorism. Ms Rachel Lui (2017): Narrative therapy and trauma among refugee women.


My Teaching

  • SRAP1001 Social Research and Society
  • SRAP2001 Qualitative Research Methods
  • ARTS4266 Puzzles, Planning, and Presentation for Honours in Social Sciences
  • SRAP5103 Research Report
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