Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Casual Academic

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Nafiseh Ghafournia completed her PhD in Social Policy and Gender Studies at The University of Sydney in 2017 (supported by the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship).  She has been working as a researcher and sessional academic at University of Newcastle.

Her research revolves around domestic violence, social policy, gender and immigration. She has published several papers on religion and domestic violence, Islamic feminism, domestic violence policy, immigration policy, culture, domestic violence and intersectionality. Her latest publications are Ghafournia, Nafiseh; Easteal, Patricia, 2018, “Are Immigrant Women visible in Australian Domestic Violence Reports that Potentially Influence Policy?”, Laws and “Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors”, 2017, Laws. 

Her recent book "Faith in Freedom: Muslim Immigrant Women's Experiences of Domestic Violence" published by Melbourne University Publishing (2019) is one of the pioneering efforts to address domestic violence among Muslim immigrant women in the Australian context. Focusing on Muslim immigrant women distinctively adds to the sensitivity and complexity of the topic. More uniquely, and indeed innovatively, the book contributes to understandings of the intersections between factors such as gender, culture, religion and immigration, and the ways in which different social locations interact in Muslim immigrant women’s experiences of abuse. The book examines the implications of feminist intersectional perspectives for service provision, social work education and policy. 

Ghafournia has membership of some professional bodies such as International Sociological Association (ISA), The Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR), The Australian Sociological association (TASA), Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS).

She has also worked as a multicultural health liaison officer in NSW health. She has extensive experience working with immigrant and refugees and delivers regular lectures and trainings to health professionals on cultural aspects of health and cultural competency.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work), University of Sydney
  • Master of Arts, University of Tehran - Iran

Keywords

  • CALD communities
  • Domestic violence policy
  • Gender
  • Gender and culture
  • Gender and religion
  • Islamic feminism
  • Public Health
  • domestic violence
  • feminism
  • immigration policy
  • social policy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 20
160512 Social Policy 10
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2010 - 30/12/2019 Academic Casual The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SOCA1010 Society and Culture A Sociological Introduction
Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
sessional tutor 1/03/2019 - 30/12/2019
NURS1101 Foundations of Professional Practise 1A
The Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2019 - 30/12/2019
NURS1102 Primary Health Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
SOCA1040 Construction of Childhood, the Family and Society
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2010 - 30/09/2010
SOCA1010 Society and Culture A Sociological Introduction
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2010 - 1/10/2010
SOCA1040 Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Societ
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/08/2009 - 30/10/2009
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ghafournia N, Faith in Freedom Muslim Immigrant Women Experiences of Domestic Violence (2019)

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ghafournia N, 'Pushing back against stereotypes: Muslim immigrant women¿s experiences of domestic violence', Working Across Difference Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice, Red Globe Press, Macmillan International Higher Education (2019)

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Ghafournia N, 'Muslim women and domestic violence: Developing a framework for social work practice', Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 36 146-163 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/15426432.2017.1313150
2017 Ghafournia N, 'Towards a New Interpretation of Quran 4:34', Hawwa, 15 279-292 (2017)
DOI 10.1163/15692086-12341309
2014 Ghafournia N, 'Culture, Domestic Violence and Intersectionality: Beyond the Dilemma of Cultural Relativism and Universalism', The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, 11 23-32 (2014)
DOI 10.18848/2327-0055/cgp/v11i02/43668
2011 Ghafournia N, 'Battered at home, played down in policy: Migrant women and domestic violence in Australia', Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16 207-213 (2011)
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2011.02.009
Ghafournia N, Easteal P, 'Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors', Laws, 6 24-24
DOI 10.3390/laws6040024
Ghafournia N, Easteal P, 'Are Immigrant Women Visible in Australian Domestic Violence Reports that Potentially Influence Policy?', Laws, 7 32-32
DOI 10.3390/laws7040032
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Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Position

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email nafi.ghafournia@newcastle.edu.au

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