Meet the COVID-19 Gender Research Team

Professor Sara E Davies, Griffith University

Sara E Davies

Sara is a Professor in the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, and an Adjunct Fellow in the Monash Gender Peace and Security Centre, Monash University.
Her current research focuses on global health governance and the women, peace and security agenda. Her research seeks to identify the political conditions that deny humans access to civil, economic, and social human rights. Sara is co-leading this project.
Gender Equality Research Network, Griffith University


Associate Professor Robin E Roberts, Griffith University

Robin E Roberts

Robin is an Associate Professor in Agribusiness and a research lead with the Griffith Asia Institute and the Griffith Business School, Griffith University.
Her current research focuses on mapping export opportunities, customer and consumer insights, and new product development. Her research has been devoted to identifying opportunities to advance food trade and market insights for public and private sectors in the Asia-Pacific region. Robin is co-leading this project.
Griffith Agribusiness, Griffith University


Claire Samantha T Juanico, University of the Philippines Visayas

Claire Samantha T Juanico

Claire is currently undertaking her PhD with the University of the Philippines Visayas and is a project development officer with the Philippine Genome Center Visayas.
Her interests in gender and development started when she was the GAD Focal Person at Central Luzon State University. In this role she initiated activities for students studying fisheries to further their employment opportunities. Claire is leading the in-country qualitative research activity for the Philippines study in this project.


Darlene Joy D Calsado, University of the Philippines Visayas

Darlene Joy D Calsado

Darlene is a Research Associate with the Center for West Visayan Studies at the University of Philippines Visayas and undertaking a master’s degree.
She has been working with various international humanitarian organisations in implementing disaster risk reduction programs.
Her research interests focus on the inclusion and integration of children and youth rights on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation programs.
Darlene is supporting the in-country qualitative research activity for the Philippines study in this project.


Zin Mar Oo, YWCA Myanmar

Zin Mar Oo

Zin Mar is the Honorary General Secretary for the YWCA Myanmar and the lead for a number of projects focused on women empowerment initiatives.
Her recent research has focused on ethnic Karen women in conflict and post conflict areas of Northern Karen State, Myanmar where they are seeking economic independence and reintegration into society.
She has research interests in gender issues in war and armed conflict, women’s economic empowerment through financial inclusion/entrepreneurship; women and cross-border migration, women’s work and youth leadership, and education development.
Zin Mar is leading the in-country qualitative research activity for the Myanmar study in this project.


Yadanar

Yadanar is a passionate advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Myanmar. She is experienced in meaningful engagement of adolescents and youth in policy advocacy and programming, sexual and reproductive health, and rights. Yadanar’s previous research include women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in Peri-urban Yangon, and adolescent health policy and actions in Myanmar. Her research interests are inclusiveness in health policy development, cost-effective interventions for adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights, and the impact evaluation of gender-transformative comprehensive sexuality education.
Yadanar is supporting the in-country qualitative research activity for the Myanmar study in this project.


Naomi Woyengu

Naomi is the Director of the newly formed HausKuk Initiative for women and children in Papua New Guinea.
She is experienced in regional youth development studies across the Asia-Pacific region. Her research interests include studies with non-profit organisations, management and training, leadership and strategic planning.
Naomi is leading the in-country qualitative research activity for the Papua New Guinea study in this project.


Assistant Professor Clare Wenham, London School of Economics and Political Science

Clare Wenham

Clare is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science.
She specialises in global health security and the politics and policy of pandemic preparedness and outbreak response, through analysis of influenza, Ebola and Zika. Her research focuses on global health governance, role of WHO, national priorities and innovative financing for pandemic control, particularly in Latin America.
Clare is using her expertise to provide a supporting role in this project.


Associate Professor Karen A Grepin, University of Hong Kong

Karen A Grépin

Karen is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong.
She is a health economist and health systems researcher. Her research focuses on institutional factors affecting the demand and supply of health services, government response to infectious disease outbreaks, and the role of routine health information systems in strengthening health systems.Karen is using her expertise to provide a
supporting role in this project.


Dr Julia Smith, Simon Fraser University

Julia Smith

Julia is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.
She is currently co-leading the Gender and COVID-19 Project. Her research focuses on the role of civil society in the response to HIV/AIDS, the political economy of the tobacco industry and Indigenous Peoples’ health. Her research interests include social, political and commercial determinants of health, gender-based analysis and participatory methods.
Julia is using her expertise to provide a supporting role in this project.


Belinda Eslick

Belinda is an early career researcher with the Griffith Agribusiness team at Griffith University and lecturer with the University of Queensland.
Her research interests include women’s non-institutional and informal political practices, women’s contributions to communities and feminist philosophy. Belinda is currently involved in agribusiness research projects relating to the trade of fresh produce and dedicated historical studies such as Understanding the Impact of Deregulation on the South East Queensland Dairy Industry. Belinda is supporting this project as a Research Assistant.


Diego Leiva

Diego is an early career researcher with the Department of Government and International Relations, Griffith University.
His current research interests include Presidentialism, Latin American Foreign Policy, and Sino–Latin American relations.
Diego is supporting this project as a Research Assistant.


Tracey White

Tracey is the Griffith Agribusiness Project Co-ordinator at Griffith University.
She facilitates the delivery for the GriffithAgribusiness research stream nested in the Griffith Asia Institute. In this role she manages contracts, communications, and funding acquittals for a number of international projects. Tracey is supporting the administration for this project.