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Sonia's research interests lie in the social and cultural conditions that legitimise women's leadership in political institutions, including parliaments. In parallel, Sonia explores with students and her disciplinary peers opportunities and strategies for more inclusive research methodologies, particularly feminist methodologies.

This research agenda is built on 15 years experience of working in academic, development and parliamentary institutions. 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


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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