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Lindy was a Senior Research Officer at the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) from 2019 to 2022. She worked on multiple projects with DPA relating to gender, domestic violence, safety, wellbeing and Pacific labour mobility. 

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
  • Pacific labour mobility


Bachelor of Social Science (USyd)

Master of Social Science (International Development) (RMIT)

Graduate Certificate of Studies (ANU)

Researcher's projects

2021-2022: Safety and wellbeing of participants in Australia’s Pacific labour mobility programs

2021: Co-convenor of the Symposium on Family Protection Order in the Pacific Region 

2020-2021: Supporting the development of a Pacific gender research website: Toksave Pacific Gender Resource

2020-2021: Video series on family protection orders in Papua New Guinea

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

Other work

Blogs and articles

Kanan L 2021, Spotlight on gender based violence in PNG, Canberra: East Asia Forum, Australian National University.

Kanan L 2021, Toksave Pacific Gender Resource: a new home for quality research relating to gender in the Pacific, SPC Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin #34. Noumea, New Caledonia: Pacific Community. p46. 

Putt J and Kanan L 2021, Protecting domestic violence survivors in PNG, Canberra: Policy Forum, Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, Australian National University.

Putt J and Kanan L 2021, Do protection orders make PNG women safer?, Canberra: Development Policy Centre, Australian National University.

Kanan L and Putt J 2018, Family protection orders in Lae: some positive signs, Canberra: Development Policy Centre, Australian National University.

Kanan L 2015, Gender-based violence: hurting the bottom line for business in PNG, Canberra: Development Policy Centre, Australian National University.

External positions

Adjunct Industry Fellow, School of Law and Society, University of the Sunshine Coast

16 Jan 2020 → …


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