There are currently 80 Institute Associates from across UNSW faculties and partner institutions.

The benefits of becoming an Institute Associate include:

  • Funding opportunities (seed funding, small grants)
  • Student support for research projects (volunteers organised via the Institute)
  • Administrative support, including assisting with events and advice on finance and HR matters
  • Office space and hot-desking support
  • Communications support and promotion via the Institute’s social media channels, newsletters, mailing lists and broad networks
  • The opportunity to work with leading human rights researchers and educators in the development of your work.

Applications to become an Associate of the Institute will be accepted on a rolling basis. Associates must be UNSW academics (including those at affiliated research institutes), or UNSW PhD students. 

Current associates

Sally

Dr Sally Baker
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... refugee education, higher education equity and language policy and the educational experiences of students from culturally and linguistically diverse migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Research profile.

Jonathan

Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha
Law & Justice 

Talk to me about... international economic governance, with a particular interest in investment treaties.

Research profile.

Bose

Dr Srinjoy Bose
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... political order and violence, international intervention, rebel governance, and the political economy of statebuilding and peacebuilding in 'fragile' and deeply divided states and societies, with a geographic focus on Southwest Asia and the Middle East.

Research profile.

Bruce

Dr Bruce Bradbury
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... poverty and inequality, the measurement of living standards, income support and labour market policies, consumer equivalence scales, and the geographic dimensions of social policies.

Research profile.

Bruce

Professor Jan Breckenridge
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... gendered violence, including domestic, family and sexual violence and workplace responses; economic and financial abuse; homelessness and the potential of safe at home programs for women and children affected by domestic and family violence.

Research profile.

Andrew

Emeritus Professor Andrew Byrnes
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... UN human rights standards and procedures, gender, disability and older persons rights, bills of rights and domestic implementation of human rights.

Research profile.

Byrow

Dr Yulisha Byrow
Science

Talk to me about... understanding why some refugees adapt better than others despite having faced similar traumatic experiences and includes identifying psychological mechanisms contributing to the mental health and psychosocial adaptation of adult and child refugees during resettlement.

Research profile.

Carter

Dr Allison Carter
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... strengthening responses to gender, social justice, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Research profile.

Emma

Assoc. Professor Emma Christopher
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... the Transatlantic Slave Trade, slavery's links to convict transportation and Pacific Islander labour, West Africa, historical slavery, and modern slavery.

Research profile.

Andrew

Dr Andrew Dansie 
Engineering

Talk to me about... water and air quality projects in low and middle-income countries, bringing extensive experience working in the United Nations system.

Research profile.

Kerryn

Dr Kerryn Drysdale
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... bringing a critical cultural lens to everyday lived experiences as they pertain to public health concerns; specifically, how to respond to health inequities in vulnerable and marginalised communities, and the value of paying close attention to social scenes for LGBTQ+ people.

Research profile.

Andrea

Emeritus Professor Andrea Durbach
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... transitional justice and reparations, public interest litigation, gender justice, and health and human rights.

Research profile.

Karen

Karen Fisher
Arts, Design & Architecture 

Talk to me about... the organisation of social services in Australia and China, including disability and mental health community services; inclusive research and evaluation methodology; and social policy process.

Research profile.

Caroline

Assoc. Professor Caroline Ford 
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... biomedical research that aims to improve outcomes for women with endometriosis and gynaecological cancers

Research profile.

Natalie

Dr Natalie Galea
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... gender equality in male dominated sectors, gender violence in sport and the mechanisms that maintain and reinforce male dominance in the Australian construction sector.

Research profile.

Natasha

Dr Natasha Ginnivan
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... ageism, implicit attitudes to ageing, ageing in marginalised populations, and ways of improving age expectations through psychosocial and evidence-based interventions.

Research profile.

Lydia

Dr Lydia Gitau 
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... investigating post-conflict interventions that have potential to support healing and peacebuilding for survivors of conflict, mass violence and refugee trauma.

Research profile.

Donna Green

Assoc. Professor Donna Green
Science

Talk to me about... climate change impacts on human health, air pollution, domestic energy policy and environmental justice.

Research profile.

Ben

Assoc. Professor Ben Golder
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... critical legal theory and contemporary political theory; postfoundational approaches to human; specifically, asking questions about what human rights can and cannot achieve politically, about who qualifies as a subject of human rights, and about the viability of non-human-rights-based frameworks for emancipation and global justice.

Research profile.

Penny

Dr Penny Griffin
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... economic governance, financial crisis and the 'post-crisis' period from a gender perspective.

Research profile.

Fiona

Assoc. Professor Fiona Anne Haigh
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... health impact assessment, health inequalities, health and human rights and interdisciplinary research and education.

Research profile.

Bridget

Dr Bridget Haire
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... the ethical issues in infectious disease control with an emphasis on underserved or marginalised populations; gender; and sexual and reproductive health.

Research profile.

Aniko

Dr Anikó Hatoss
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... the social, cultural and linguistic adjustment of immigrant communities, intergenerational language maintenance and shift, language and identity, sociolinguistics of multilingualism, linguistic landscapes, oral narratives, bilingual parenting and community-based language planning.

Research profile.

Maree

Dr Maree Higgins
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... participatory methods and human rights informed research with refugee-background co-researchers, people of African descent, older people, people with disability, and people in forensic justice.

Research profile here.

Joel

Dr Joel Hoffman
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... moral injury in people from refugee backgrounds, and the impact of displacement on refugee mental health and wellbeing.

Research profile.

Jane

 

Dr Jane Ye In Hwang
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... human rights issues arising at the intersection of justice and health, as well as the implications of ageing in marginalised populations.

Research profile.

Fleur

Professor Fleur Johns
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... international law, legal theory and law and technology with a current focus on how digital technology may impact humanitarianism, disaster relief, and global governance.

Research profile.

Daniel

Dr Daniel Joyce
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... media and human rights, addressing topics including: internet freedom, digital privacy, intermediary liability, social media regulation, and the role of digital media infrastructure as a tool for human rights.

Research profile.

Andy

Dr Andy Kaladelfos
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... sexual and gender-based violence, queer criminology, immigration regulation, and homophobic and transphobic violence.

Research profile.

Ann Kayis

 

Assoc. Professor Ann Kayis-Kumar
Business

Talk to me about... conceptualising tax as a mechanism to achieve social justice across the taxpaying spectrum; ranging from improving the integrity of taxing multinationals to improving the wellbeing of financially vulnerable individuals and small businesses.

Research profile here.

Mira

Assoc. Professor Mira Kim
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... translation studies, Systemic Functional Linguistics and personalised language learning.

Research profile.

Jackie

Professor Jackie Leach Scully
Division EDI

Talk to me about... ethical issues that affect people with disability and other marginalised groups.

Research profile.

Ebony

Ebony Lewis
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... improving the end-of-life experience for older people with advanced chronic illness.

Research profile.

Lucas

 

Professor Lucas Lixinski
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... the adjudication of human rights by international courts and quasi-courts; and the safeguarding of cultural rights.

Research profile.

Angelica

Dr Angelica Ly
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... understanding the social determinants of health inequity that create barriers to affordable eye care amongst adults at risk of vision loss in Australia.

Research profile.

Chris

Assoc. Professor Christopher Michaelsen
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... general human rights law, European human rights law, international law and security.

Research profile.

GILLIAN

Gillian Moon
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... international economic law, particularly WTO law, and its intersections with human rights, development, and climate change.

Research profile.

Christy

Assoc. Professor Christy Newman
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... social aspects of health, gender and sexuality; diverse approaches to creating and caring for relationships, families and communities; LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing; social impacts of stigmatised blood borne viruses.

Research profile.

John

John Page
Engineering

Talk to me about... how new technologies challenge human rights and how to keep artificial intelligence aligned with human freedoms, wishes and quality of life.

Research profile.

Sam

Sam Pedram
Engineering (Canberra)

Talk to me about... urban and regional planning, infrastructure development, and program and project management.

Research profile.

Noam

Dr Noam Peleg
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... children’s lives and international children’s rights law, and its intersections with childhood studies, and international human rights law from a critical perspective.

Research profile.

Michael

Assoc. Professor Michael Alan Salter
Arts, Design & Architecture/Engineering

Talk to me about... child sexual exploitation and gendered violence, and applying critical and feminist theory to the study of complex trauma, with a focus on intersections with technology.

Research profile.

Jan

Dr Janani Shanthosh
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... monitoring state responses to rights violations in women and girls, and co-producing model public health laws alongside governments and communities to create healthier societies.

Research profile.

Lana

Dr Lana Tatour 
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... settler colonialism, indigeneity, race, citizenship, human rights, and the Middle East with a focus on Palestine and Israel.

Research profile.

Carla

Scientia Professor Carla Treloar
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... the sociology of health, social determinants of health, social and personality psychology, health promotion and infectious diseases, with a particular interest in the fields of hepatitis C and injecting drug use.

Research profile.

Julian

Professor Julian Troller
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... the health and wellbeing of people with cognitive disability.

Research profile.

Amy

Dr Amy Vassallo
The George Institute for Global Health

Talk to me about... gender equity in health and medical research; and developing evidence-based approaches, including policy reform, to address these gaps

Research profile.

Toby

Scientia Professor Toby Walsh
Engineering

Talk to me about... advocating for limits to ensure AI is used to protect and improve our human rights.

Research profile.

Janelle

Dr Janelle Weise
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... enhancing the capacity of the health and mental health workforce to deliver accessible, effective and efficient healthcare to people with an intellectual disability.

Research profile.

Jessica

Assoc. Professor Jessica Whyte
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... political philosophy, contemporary forms of sovereignty, human rights, humanitarianism and militarism.

Research profile.

Sarah

Professor Sarah Williams
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international disaster law.

Research profile.

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Fengshi

Assoc. Professor Fengshi Wu
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... environmental politics, state-society relations, and global governance with the empirical focus on China and Asia.

Research profile.

Sophie

Dr Sophie Yates
Business

Talk to me about... a gender and inequality lens on public administration and public policy.

Research profile.

Monika

Dr Monika Zalnieriute
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... the interplay between law, technology, and politics, and focuses on automated decision-making, Internet policy, data privacy and discrimination law, and human rights in the digital age.

Research profile.

Anthony

Professor Anthony Zwi
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about...development and health responses to disasters and conflict and to how systems are established in the aftermath of crises.

Research profile.

Sandra

Sandra Amankaviciute
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... feminism, women's representation, and LGBTI questions.

Reseach profile.

Katherine

Katharine Booth
Law & Justice

Talk to me about...effective remedy for business-related human rights and environmental harms.

Kate

Kate Burry
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... reproductive justice, comprehensive sexuality education, and the sexual and reproductive rights of marginalised groups; specifically, abortion access and advocacy in the Pacific Islands.

Ayla

Ayla do Vale Alves
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... international law, human rights, cultural heritage, and Indigenous peoples' rights; specifically, the international regulation of cultural appropriation of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Nikki

Nikki Dryden
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... sport and human rights with a focus on remedial mechanisms for Olympic athletes' human rights violations in the global sport dispute resolution process.

Tatiana

Tatiana Fernandez-Maya
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... alternative approaches to reparations for victims of human rights violations.

Nana

Nana Frishling
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... Business and Human Rights, International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Regulatory Theory and International Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration.

Research profile.

Danilo

Danilo Sanchez Furlanetto
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... qualitative research, queer studies, intolerance, religiosity, masculinities, perversion and criminology.

Maria

Maria George
Business

Talk to me about... exploring the unintended negative societal implications of algorithmic decision-making systems.

Research profile.

Laura

Laura Hallam
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... the incorporation of sex and gender into health and medical research, and how this can be impacted by institutional policies.

Maddie

Maddie Heenan
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... a range of issues relating to public health law, in particular regulatory approaches to NCD-prevention and environmental sustainability, and the commercial determinants of health.

Allison

Allison Henry
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... human rights, sexual violence, national and international politics, advocacy and civil society.

Research profile.

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Justin Jos Poonjatt
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... the use of private dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve human rights claims in the mining industry.

Angela

 

Angela Kintominas
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... gender, migration, care work, social reproduction, feminist legal theory.

Research profile.

Mia

 

Mia Miller
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... alcohol policy, with a focus on how we can better regulate alcoholic products and the alcohol industry to ensure consumers are protected from alcohol harms.

Rebecca

Rebecca Moran 
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... child sexual abuse, complex trauma, and intersections of the personal and the political.

Chris

Chris Mulligan
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... multi-disciplinary approaches to childhood health, injury and trauma prevention.

Research profile.  

Bruno

 

Bruno Pegorari
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... human rights law, international adjudication, Indigenous peoples’ rights, and critical theory applied to international law.

Linda

Linda Romanovska
Arts, Design & Architecture

Talk to me about... the life-cycle performance of urban green infrastructure to support the optimisation of social, environmental, and economic benefits, and minimisation of detriments.

Research profile.

Andy

Andy Symington
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... corporate engagement with Indigenous communities in South America's lithium extraction industry and analysing the implications for renewable energy supply chains; business and human rights.

Suzanne

Suzanne Varall
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... international humanitarian law, international criminal law and human rights.

Research profile.

Oxana

Oxana Wolfson
Law & Justice

Talk to me about... private sector involvement in urban water services and infrastructure, and how private sector participation in water utilities is affecting the public interest and adequate access to water for all.

Iana

Iana Wong
Medicine & Health

Talk to me about... the causes of intimate partner violence from an attachment theory perspective, with a particular focus on people with disability.

Seed funding and small grants

Seed funding

UNSW academic staff who have had their applications approved to become an Australian Human Rights Institute Associate are eligible each year to apply for seed funding grants in the range of $5,000-$10,000. 

The Institute has identified three priority research areas – business, gender and health – but we welcome all seed funding applications that have a human rights focus.

Applications open: 1 March 2022 
Applications close: 5pm, 4 April 2022
Recipients announced: Successful applicants will be informed in May 2022.

The funds are required to be spent by November 15, 2022.
 
Application form/guidelines/supporting documents are available here.

Associates are encouraged to refer to the Associate Budgeting Tips document when developing their application budget. 

You can learn more about the successful recipients of our 2021 seed funding grants here.

Small Funding Scheme

The Small Funding Scheme offers grants in the range of $500-$2,000 max. to Institute Associates year-round.

Associates can submit more than one request for more than one project, however the maximum total amount approved per Associate under this scheme is $2,000.   

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application forms are available here.

Events

The Australian Human Rights Institute can provide assistance to existing Associates with event planning.

For more information, download a copy of the Event Support Request Form and email it to humanrights@unsw.edu.au using the following subject title: “Associates Program - Event Support Request”.  

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