The University of Newcastle, Australia

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UON researchers

Professor Margaret Alston

Professor Margaret Alston

Margaret is a Professor of Social Work in the School of Humanities and Social Science at UoN. Prior to coming to Newcastle, she was Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University, where she established the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit in 2008. Previously Margaret worked at Charles Sturt University for 21 years.
T: 61 2 4921 6702

E: Margaret.alston@newcastle.edu.au

A/Professor Wendy Foote

A/Professor Wendy Foote

Wendy is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at UON. Wendy has had extensive experience in different theatres of social work practice and research, with a career that has included working with families and children in health, welfare and forensic settings. Wendy’s research interests have been inspired by her experiences as a practitioner. Wendy has recently returned to academia after spending seven years as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies.

T: 02 4055 3041
E: wendy.foote@newcastle.edu.au

A/Professor Penny Buykx

A/Professor Penny Buykx

Penny is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at UON. Her research interests include public health, alcohol and other substance use policy, access to treatment systems, hard to reach populations and rural health. Prior to joining the University of Newcastle, Penny spent almost five years at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She has also worked for Monash University School of Rural Health (Bendigo), Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre (Melbourne), and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University (Perth).

T: (02) 4921 7786
E: penelope.buykx@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Sascha Fuller

Dr Sascha Fuller

Sascha is an environmental anthropologist and UONs Pacific Node Coordinator, based at the Secretariat for the Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa. She has carried out research in Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and the Pacific. Her research interests include the intersection of gender with climate and environmental change, development aid, migration, and education. Sascha is currently working on a number of projects in the Pacific and supports PhD students to work in the region.

T: +685 7507968

E: sascha.fuller@newcastle.edu.au

Dr David Betts

Dr David Betts

David is a Lecturer in the Social Work program in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. His research interests include gerontology, the social well-being of older sexual and gender minorities, and clinical social work practice. His clinical practice background includes working as a registered social worker in New Zealand in the field of health, and as a community support worker. Dr Betts’ PhD focused on older sexual and gender minorities developing supportive interpersonal and community networks, evaluating concerns facing the research cohort as they age, and critiques the reliance on legislation and social policy as a benchmark for social change.

T: (02) 4921 5782

E: David.Betts@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Helen Giggins

Dr Helen Giggins

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, in the discipline of Construction Management. Helen has a unique cross-disciplinary background, having research and teaching expertise in the disaster management, construction management, and computing and data security. The current focus of her research is in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR), with particular interest in addressing the underlying vulnerabilities of women in this context.

T: +61 2 4921 6424

E: helen.giggins@newcastle.edu.au

Sabrina Syed

Sabrina Syed

Sabrina is a a casual researcher at the Centre for Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS). She is also an international doctoral student at the University of Newcastle who is exploring stories of international female doctoral students through her project. Prior to that, Sabrina worked as a University lecturer in Bangladesh, working closely with students and policy-makers to improve the teaching-learning environment within the University. She has also served as a consultant in various international and national level development projects.

Sabrina has a keen interest in community development practices and social activities. She has engaged in multiple social justice and human rights programs over the years. Sabrina is particularity passionate about women's rights and wants to reach equality in society by reducing discrimination through raising awareness and introducing best practice. As part of her social responsibility, she voluntarily writes for women and students. All the publications are accessible via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabrina-syed-5499631b/.

T: 0469 024 686

E: Sabrina.Syed@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Kotryna Fraser

Dr Kotryna Fraser

Kotryna is an Associate Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Sciences (Sport Psychology) at the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at UoN. She is an earlier career researcher, educator and a practitioner with a passion and background in Sport and Performance Psychology. Kotryna also is an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist in Psychology Support under British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES). She has a strong interest in: feminism, equity, social justice and inclusion in sport; applied interdisciplinary practice in sport; practitioner and coach development; mental skills development training; and positive youth development through sport.

T: +61 (0) 2 434 84141

E: Kotryna.Fraser@newcastle.edu.au

Other researchers

Dr Kerri Whittenbury

Dr Kerri Whittenbury

Kerri is a Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University. Kerri is also a sociologist with research interests in women and gender, rural communities, rural and farm families, irrigation communities and gender and climate change. Kerri is currently working on several research projects that focus on the gendered social and health impacts of climate change and drought.

E:Kerri.whittenbury@monash.edu

Margareta Windisch, PhD candidate (Monash University)

Margareta Windisch, PhD candidate (Monash University)

Margareta is an experienced educator who has worked in Community Services and Social Work programs in the Australian TAFE and Higher Education sector for the last nine years. Margareta has a strong interest in Community Development practices and social action and has been engaged in many social justice and human rights campaigns over the years. She is particularity passionate about climate justice and women's rights and is a PhD candidate at Monash University, focusing on the nexus of urban heatwaves and gendered social vulnerability.

E: margareta.windisch@monash.edu

GLASS Centre staff

Katrina Curry

Research Assistant

M: 0488 174 175
E: Katrina.Curry@newcastle.edu.au

GLASS Associates

GLASS works closely with the following groups to promote gender equality, social inclusion and sustainability. If you are interested in joining our international network of gender centres, please contact us.

Gender & Disaster Pod: https://www.genderanddisaster.com.au/

50/50 by 20/30 Association: https://www.5050foundation.edu.au/who/director/

Monash Sustainable Development Institute: https://www.monash.edu/msdi