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Biography

Over the last 15 years, Sonia has worked across academic, development and parliamentary institutions, principally with the interest of understanding and improving women’s political leadership and participation. She has held positions with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (in Geneva, Switzerland), the United Nations Development Program (in Hanoi, Vietnam), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (in New York, USA), and the Australian parliament.

As an independent development practitioner, she has engaged with current and aspiring women in politics in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and - most prominently - the Pacific, and has designed and evaluated development projects for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 

 

Research interests

Women's political participation and leadership in the Pacific and globally, gender sensitive parliaments, capacity building for gender research

Qualifications

BA (Hons) PhD (UQ)

Expertise Areas

  • Public Policy
  • Australian Government and Politics
  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
  • Gender Specific Studies

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