Ms Lindy Kanan

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Lindy is a Senior Research Officer at the ANU's Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA). 

Prior to joining DPA, Lindy held positions including Assistant Director of the Family Violence Programs Section at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and Development Manager of Femili PNG.

Lindy is an experienced international development practitioner and has lived and worked in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. She has worked for the United Nations, the Vanuatu Skills Partnership and various non-government organisations including Oxfam Australia and Childfund Australia.


Research interests

  • International development
  • Gender-based violence
  • Family law


Bachelor of Social Science (USyd), Master of Social Science (International Development) (RMIT), Graduate Certificate of Studies (ANU)

Researcher's projects

2020-2021: Supporting the development of a Pacific gender research portal website

2019-2020: A study on the use and efficacy of family protection orders as a response to domestic and family violence in Papua New Guinea

2018-2019: Family protection orders - a key response to domestic and family violence: A pilot study in Lae, Papua New Guinea


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