Researcher

Associate Professor Caroline Lenette

My Expertise

refugee resettlement, refugee mental health and wellbeing, refugee resilience, support at university for refugee students, arts-based research in health with refugees, community music with refugees and asylum seekers.

Keywords

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Caroline Lenette is Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute. She is affiliated with the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network.

Caroline is interested in the links between arts-based research and policymaking, especially in health. She explores how storytelling through creative means can influence decision-makers towards meaningful change,...view more

Caroline Lenette is Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute. She is affiliated with the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network.

Caroline is interested in the links between arts-based research and policymaking, especially in health. She explores how storytelling through creative means can influence decision-makers towards meaningful change, and how ethics in research practice is conceptualised in participatory research. Caroline undertakes social-justice focussed research in collaboration with community-based organisations on different aspects of forced migration. She is the author of Arts-based methods in refugee research: Creating sanctuary (2019, Springer).

Affiliations: UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute; UNSW Forced Migration Research Network; Kaldor Centre Emerging Scholars Network (UNSW); Gendered Violence Research Network (UNSW).


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

2017 European Union - Durham University Co-fund International Senior Research Fellowship in Research and Enterprise: Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK.

2014 Endeavour Executive Fellowship ($19,500) – Visiting Scholar: Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

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 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

Human rights methodologies


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 and re-victimisation risks among child sexual abuse victims in post-conflict DRC. Ms Carly Hawkins (2020, Joint-Principal): Educational attainment of school-aged asylum seeker and refugee children detained in Nauru.

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
  • SRAP3002 Social Science and Policy Project
  • SRAP5102 Theory, Ethics and Research Impact
View less