Dr Ceridwen Spark researches gender, culture and social change.
Drawing on her doctoral training in Gender Studies and Australian Studies (PhD Monash 2002), she has conducted projects on Indigenous place-making, intercountry adoption, gender and education, gender and leadership, transnationalism in the Pacific and community and belonging in Melbourne.
Since 2007, most of Ceridwen’s research has focused on gender in the Pacific, particularly Papua New Guinea. She has examined cross-cultural interactions between Australians and Papua New Guineans and the interaction between gender, culture and education; women in leadership, women’s economic empowerment and the impact on women of social and cultural change. Her research has entailed several fruitful collaborations including with organisations and individuals in PNG, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. This includes the DFAT funded Pawa Meri project, a research and filmmaking collaboration which resulted in the production of six films about women leaders in PNG.
Ceridwen is committed to conducting research that has implications for the ‘real world’, including those most impacted by colonialism, inequity and the experience of cultural and social upheaval. She enjoys drawing on research to produce innovative outputs including films, podcasts, exhibitions and slideshows and seeks to communicate with audiences beyond the academy.
Ceridwen is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Research in Global, Urban and Social Studies. In this capacity she conducts research and publishes on gender and social change in the Pacific, gender and education, gender and leadership and gender and spatiality in urban areas.
- PhD, Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, 2002.
Title of Thesis: “Still Around Again”: Rethinking Emplacement, Displacement and Aboriginality.
- BA (Hons) (First Class Honours), La Trobe University, 1996.
- BBSc, La Trobe University, 1993.
Ceridwen has worked with a range of stakeholders (national and international) to conduct research that contributes to understanding how gender and culture affect social change and economic development. At present she is involved in:
- Research on women’s networks and coalitions (funded by the Developmental Leadership Program)
- Biographies of women in leadership, a research and filmmaking project on (in collaboration with the Business Coalition for Women in PNG and the IFC/World Bank).
In addition, she has recently completed:
- River of Lives, an arts-research project conducted in collaboration with Maribyrnong City Council and which involved producing and curating an exhibition of the same name
- The Pawa Meri project (funded by DFAT) which involved making six films about women leaders in Papua New Guinea (released widely in the Pacific)
- Spark, C. (2017). 'I won't go hungry if he's not around': `Working class' urban Melanesian women's agency in intimate relationships In: Transformations of Gender in Melanesia, ANU Press, Acton, ACT, Australia
- Spark, C.,Corbett, J. (2016). (In Press) Emerging women leaders' views on political participation in Melanesia In: International Feminist Journal of Politics, , 1 - 15
- Spark, C. (2016). Changing lives: promoting sustainable development through women's education and networks in Papua New Guinea In: Development Bulletin, 77, 64 - 68
- Spark, C. (2015). 'Working out what to wear in Papua New Guinea': the politics of fashion in Stella In: The Contemporary Pacific, 27, 39 - 70
- Sharp, T.,Cox, J.,Spark, C.,Lusby, S.,Rooney, M. (2015). The formal, the informal and the precarious: Making a living in urban Papua New Guinea In: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM), 2015, 1 - 24
- Harris, A.,Spark, C.,Watts, M. (2015). Gains and losses: African Australian women and higher education In: Journal of Sociology, 51, 370 - 384
- Spark, C. (2015). The 'Pawa Meri' project: Producting film biographies about women in Papua New Guinea In: Political Life Writing in the Pacific Islands: Reflections on Practice, Australian National University Press, Acton, Australia
- Spark, C. (2015). 'Food is life': Documenting the politics of food in Melanesia In: Pacific Journalism Review, 21, 77 - 85
- Law, S.,Grossman, M.,Spark, C. (2015). River of lives In: Maribyrnong City Council Melbourne, Australia
- Spark, C. (2014). An oceanic revolution? Stella and the construction of new femininities in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific In: Australian Journal of Anthropology, 25, 54 - 72
- 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship (Spark). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship from (2015 to 2019)
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