Assoc. Prof Linda Rae Bennett is a medical anthropologist based at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality and health among young people and women within Australia’s diverse migrant communities, and in the Asia and Pacific regions. Her key areas of expertise include: sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender based violence and theorising how intersectionality perpetuates multiple inequalities for different individuals and communities. She is strongly committed to research training both in Australia and abroad, and to increasing awareness of how qualitative and quantitative techniques can work together to produce rigorous outcomes with strong policy applications. Assoc. Prof Bennett is Head of the Education and Learning Unit at the Nossal Institute. She coordinates the subject Global Challenges in Adolescent Health, and enjoys designing and facilitating participatory research methods that utilise creative visual and oral techniques to engage with young people. Current research projects include: investigating how sexual morality and gender discrimination shape people’s experiences of sexual and reproductive health care; exploring young people’s readiness to participate in universal vaccination for the human papilloma virus in Indonesia; and examining Indonesian women’s lived experiences of cervical cancer using a life course approach to understand their resilience and vulnerability from culturally grounded perspective. As an international consultant Assoc. Prof. Bennett has collaborated with DFAT/AusAID, the Global Forum for Health, GTZ, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, the WHO and World Vision. She has worked in multiple countries in Asia and the Pacific, with over two decades of experience in Indonesia, and is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Indonesia. Her most recent edited book - Sex and Sexua
2014-2017: Southeast Asian Women, Family, and Migration in the Global Era (with L. Butt, L. Mitchell & D. McKay), ESHIRE Insight Grant - Canada;
2010-2014: Compromised Fertility in Contemporary Indonesia, Australian Research Council Future Fellowship;
2004-2009: Muslim Youth, Social Connectedness, and Reproductive/Sex Education, VicHealth Victorian Public Health Fellowship;
2006-2009: Ambivalent Adolescents in Indonesia (with L. Parker, P. Nilan & K. Robinson), ARC Discovery Grant;
2002-2004: Islam, Reproductive Rights and Health Advocacy in Southeast Asia, La Trobe University Postdoctoral Fellowship.