Ruth De Souza

Speaker, writer, researcher and consultant
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Currently Vice Chancellor’s  Fellow – Design and Creative Practice – RMIT University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Digital Transformation of Health at 
The University of Melbourne 

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Speaking and facilitation

I am an experienced speaker, presenter, MC and facilitator with specific professional expertise in cultural safety, maternity, cultural issues in health, migration and health, social inclusion, mental health and more. My style is variously described as intelligent, knowledgeable, warm, clear, dynamic, energetic and refreshing.

Consulting

I have had a consulting practice since 2000 and engaged in projects including: facilitation, consultation, strategic planning,
stakeholder engagement
organisational development,
research,
training and project management
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Research and writing

I have a passionate interest in culture and health. My main theoretical interests are feminist theory, postcolonial theory and critical qualitative research methodologies. My work includes empirical studies and theoretical investigations into sites where health inequities are found, including refugee, migrant and indigenous communities; maternity and mental health.

From The Blog

What do artists bring to research?

ENQUIRING MINDS: WHAT ARTISTS CAN BRING TO GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY RESEARCH  It's conference season as we speed toward the end of the year. The Australian Academy of the Humanities hosted their 51st Symposium At the Crossroad? Australia’s Cultural Future. The aim was...

Conversations on Tangata Whenua and Asian solidarity

I moved to Australia seven years ago from Aotearoa New Zealand. I'm pleased that old friends remember me despite the Tasman sea (Te Tai-o-Rēhua) between us (a so called "marginal sea" of the Pacific Ocean (Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa). I was chuffed to accept the invitation...

On the limits of empathy

Every week during November 2020, the indomitable Mary Freer has put together an amazing online program as part of the Compassion Revolution. It was a privilege to be in conversation with Katerina Bryant (writer and PhD student whose first book, Hysteria: A Memoir of...

An interview with nurse and multi-disciplinary researcher Dr Ruth De Souza

I had a chat with Ben Rodin from The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal . I said a few things. You can read more “All bodies are not treated the same and we’re not affected by the virus in the same way… how we do healthcare actually matters… There’s some...

How inclusive is craftivism?

I was invited by Hayley Singer convenor of the Environmental Arts & Humanities Network at the University of Melbourne to be a respondent to one of their seminars, exploring the COVID 19 Global Quilt Project co-instigated by artists, activists, and...

Testimonials & Featured Clients

I am your newest fan-girl! You’re terrific at what you do – so clever, engaging, insightful and you obviously live and breathe this stuff with everyone you interact with. I think you bring incredible light to new ways of thinking and on both occasions I’ve left feeling inspired (to use an over-used word), challenged, refreshed, with new knowledge and like more and better things are possible.

Verity Boaro, La Trobe University, Melbourne 

…the team absolutely loved your work and your ability to engage with all disciplines and different knowledge levels.

Chiedza Malunga, Monash Health

Ruth was wonderful to work with – responsive, highly experienced, and understood our organisational context very well. Her workshop was very engaging and appropriately challenging. I’d have no hesitation in inviting her back!

Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Ruth was wonderful to work with – responsive, highly experienced, and understood our organisational context very well. Her workshop was very engaging and appropriately challenging. I’d have no hesitation in inviting her back!

Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Ruth was wonderful to work with – responsive, highly experienced, and understood our organisational context very well. Her workshop was very engaging and appropriately challenging. I’d have no hesitation in inviting her back!

Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, Melbourne