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Research Fellow (Gender, Inclusion and Social Change)

Canberra, Australia
$110,162 – $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
17 Apr 2024

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $110,162 – $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing (contingent funded) (up to 2 years)

  • Work in a world-class research environment undertaking impactful research in the Pacific
  • Develop research-informed education programs on gender and inclusion in the Pacific
  • Build relationships with stakeholders across research, government and development partner communities.

About Us

The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia's intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

CAP is the centre of excellence for understanding human development and organisation in Asia and the Pacific, and addressing the cultural, economic, environmental, political and societal dimensions of global challenges. Follow the College of Asia and the Pacific on social media: LinkedInInstagram and Facebook

The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs is a world-leading centre for research, education, and policy analysis on international and Asia Pacific politics, security, diplomacy, and strategic affairs. The School comprises a number of vibrant, interdisciplinary, intellectual communities: the Department of International Relations, the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Department of Political and Social Change, and the Department of Pacific Affairs.

The Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) is a vibrant research unit, comprising over 20 academics and over 30 PhD students, situated in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. DPA is the leading international centre for applied research into contemporary governance issues in the broader Pacific. In addition to its scholarly goals, DPA maintains a strong commitment to active engagement with policy communities in the region and Australia.

DPA is the lead partner in the consortium delivering Pacific Research Program – Phase 2 (PRP II). Co-funded by DFAT and the consortium partners’ parent bodies, PRP II (2022-26) will generate and disseminate independent Pacific-focused research as a regional public good, and support stronger evidence-based policy making in the Pacific by working to foster stronger research practice and deeper research-to-knowledge engagement.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a Research Fellow to contribute to DPA’s research, education and engagement outcomes as a part of PRPII’s thematic focus on gender, inclusion, and social change. Working collaboratively with colleagues at DPA and across the region, the Research Fellow will make an outstanding contribution to research, scholarship, teaching, outreach and administrative activities of the Department.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will have an established record of conducting and publishing high quality research on the issues of gender, inclusion and social change in the Pacific. The Research Fellow will convene a new course on Pacific and inclusive research methodologies, one of DPA’s core teaching courses. They will work to foster networks of Pacific researchers working in this area and communicate their work within academic and policymaking communities. People, particularly women, of Pacific Island heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.


To enquire about this opportunity, please contact Dr Sonia Palmieri – +61 2 6125 6560 |

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

Increasing the representation of women, First Nations people and persons from diverse gender, ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds is a strategic priority for the College of Asia and the Pacific. We strongly encourage applications from these groups.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on  

ANU is a large, diverse employer. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

To apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria, including your proposed program of research (max. 4 pages) consistent with the PRPII research thematic focus on gender, inclusion and social change. Your research agenda should be able to be completed during the anticipated two-year term of the appointment.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor).
  • One piece of published academic writing and one piece of policy relevant writing.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results

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