Research Interest: Cultural safety

Cultural safety is an explicit critique of settler-colonial health systems. It was developed by Māori nurses in Aotearoa, who pointed out that healthcare systems were not therapeutic or safe for Indigenous Māori. Irihapeti Ramsden who was strongly influenced by postcolonial theory identified a framework for working with Māori. Since its origins in Aotearoa, the definition of cultural safety has been expanded to include other forms of difference and disentangled from Māori. health and The Treaty of Waitangi in the curriculum. The concept has since traveled to other white settler nation contexts including Australia and contexts like the arts. In my own work, I have been interested in how the concept is operationalized in health services, particularly by Nurses. I also work with arts organizations to consider what kinds of institutional transformations are needed for them to become safe to access for those who are marginalized.

Data and inequity

The capacity to gather, analyse and use data through sophisticated computational techniques like big data analytics and machine learning, combined with digital surveillance represents significant social, political-economic, and technological developments that have become ubiquitous in ordering our lives. Data can be used toward potentially discriminatory or unethical purposes with the potential to exacerbate social inequalities […]

Performing Statelessness

In 2018, the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative awarded Danny Butt (Fine Arts, University of Melbourne), myself, Tania Canas (RISE Refugees/cohealth Arts Gen/UoM) and Genevieve Grieves (Museums Victoria) seed funding in their first Projects Round for interdisciplinary research projects. Performing Statelessness considered the following questions: How is the condition of statelessness experienced and performed in everyday […]