Elizabeth is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Program Manager of the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and Co-Director of Global Reconciliation.She is also an Honorary Research Fellow for the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.
Elizabeth is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and Program Manager of the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies). She has a political science background and now works within the interdisciplinary field of global studies. Thematically, she is interested in how people traverse boundaries of difference in the global era, including theories of reconciliation, intercultural communication, and social inclusion/exclusion.
Regionally, she specialises in Latin America and the Caribbean (particularly Brazil, Cuba and Mexico). This has included a major study of the social and political dimensions of Cuba's public health system, which explored the system's institutional arrangements and the formal and informal ways in which Cubans navigate and negotiate access health care, and was published in a highly acclaimed book Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle.
Elizabeth also has a deep interest in Australia's engagement with Latin America, which was the focus of a pioneering book – Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in A Changing Global Landscape (2016). She has worked with organisations in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro on health, wellbeing and social inclusion projects in favela communities, and on a cross-cultural action research project between Australia and Brazil focusing on themes of sport, wellbeing and reconciliation. Elizabeth speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has lived and researched Latin America intermittently, mainly in Cuba, Brazil and Mexico.
While at RMIT, Elizabeth has played a key role in establishing 'Global Reconciliation', a global network of partners around the world that focuses on researching and promoting 'reconciliation', or 'dialogue across difference'.
Elizabeth's work has been published in many academic journals and edited books and presented at international conferences around the world. She has received several awards and fellowships and has been reported widely in radio, TV and print media. Elizabeth maintains strong collaborative research partnerships across numerous Australian and international universities and has worked with a range of industry partners. She regularly serves as a referee for academic journals and both undergraduate and higher degree research theses. Outside of work she dabbles in Latin music and dance, acrobatics, and theatre.
- RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship – awarded June 2011 and commenced September 2011.
- Nominated for the International Center for Qualitative Inquiry’s “Qualitative Book Award” for Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle.
- ‘Meritorious School of Political Science and International Studies Tutor Award’ – awarded October 2006.
- First prize winner of the ‘Jorge Perez-Lopez Graduate Student Paper Award Competition’, The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) Miami – awarded August 2006.
- ‘2006 Daphne Elliott Bursary’, Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW, SA) – awarded June 2006.
- Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship – awarded January 2003.
- MEAA Queensland Media Awards, highly commended for Outstanding Journalism Student Award – 1999.
- Reconciliation Research Projects. Funded by: Robert Costa (2014 to 2015)
- Changing the Score: An Australia-Brazil Sport for Reconciliation Exchange. Funded by: Karoon, Richmond Football Club, Korin Gamadji Institute, Rio Tinto, Costa Assett Management, and Drapac Group. Project run in partnership with Bluestone Edge, Global Reconciliation, Korin Gamadji Institute, and Richmond Football Club (2013 to 2014)
Academic interest areas
- Social inclusion
- Latin American and Caribbean society politics and culture in particular Brazil and Cuba
- Public health in particular maternal-infant health
- State capacity/institution building
- Social capital
- Informal and second economies
Elizabeth is a registered research supervisor in the areas of reconciliation, social inclusion and Cuba’s health system.
Current key roles
- Program Manager, Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
- Co - Director, Global Reconciliation
- Honorary Research Fellow, UN Global Compact Cities Programme
Elizabeth currently teaches four courses within RMIT's International Studies undergraduate program and the postgraduate Master of International Development program.
- PhD, University of Queensland (UQ), School of Political Science and International Studies, 2008
- Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (Political Science), UQ, 2002
- Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Government), UQ, 2000
- Australian Institute of International Affairs: Reading Room (Review of 'Australian-Latin American Relations')
- RMIT Media Interview on 'Australian-Latin American Relations'
- Mexican book launch for 'Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in a Changing Global Landscape' held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
- Centre for Global Research: Thinking through the Headlines (interview on Barack Obama's visit to Cuba)
- The Conversation, "Australia finally "Discovers" Latin America: Time Now to Forge Relationships"
- The Conversation, "Party Time: how carnaval does not paint an accurate picture of modern Brazil"
Selected media covering action research project 'Changing the Score: An Australia-Brazil Sport for Reconciliation Exchange'
- Sharing Indigenous Culture: A Highlight of Rio
- ALABC 'Changing the Score' An Australia-Brazil Sport for Reconciliation Journey'.
- Sportanddev.org 'Working together towards reconciliation'
- Times Higher Education (UK) and the Chronicle of Higher Education (US) (PDF)
Selected media covering Elizabeth's UN Global Compact Cities Programme research visit to Porto Alegra:
- Correio do Povo, "Australian UN Researcher Visits Vila Chocolatão: the Australian accompanies the community's resettlement process"
- Prefeitura de Porto Alegre, "UN Researcher Praises Experience of Vila Chocolatão"
- Sul21, "Researcher linked with UN visits the new Vila Chocolatão" (fifth story from top)
Radio interview. 774 ABC Melbourne. 'Afternoons with Richard Stubbs'. Interview with Richard Stubbs about the book Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle.
Radio interview. 3CR 'Palestine Remembered'. Interview with Yousef Alreemawi about the book Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle.
Mention of Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle in 'Letters to the Editor' in the leading journal Science. The letter from Katherine Hirschfeld titled 'Cuban Health Care: Consider the Source,' recommends the book as one of the "small but compelling array of recent publications in the social sciences" that critically analyse some of the common assumptions about healthcare in Cuba. (Science 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 627 – 628).
Elizabeth's projects under the umbrella of Global Reconciliation have been featured in many print, radio and television media outlets around the world including: The Age, SBS World News, Jordan Times, Fox News, Sunday Observer, Times Newspaper, Rupavahini TV (Sri Lanka, National coverage), Derena TV.
- Kath, E. (2016). On transculturation: Reenacting and remaking Latin American dance and music in foreign lands In: Narratives of Globalization: Reflections on the Global Condition, Rowman and Littlefield International, London, United Kingdom
- Kath, E. (2016). Australia and Latin America in a global era In: Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in A Changing Global Landscape, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States
- Urribarri, R.,Perez De Leon, V.,Favoretto, M.,Kath, E.,Sinclair, J.,Fergusson, A. (2016). A tale of two waves: Latin American migration to Australia In: Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in a Changing Global Landscape, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States
- Kath, E.,Knijnik, J. (2015). The end of football and fiesta? Social insurrection and national identity in twenty-first-century Brazil In: Globalizations, 12, 872 - 885
- Kath, E.,van Buuren, N. (2014). Soldados Nunca Mais: Child soldiers, football and social change in Rio de Janeiro's favelas In: Global Sport-for-Development: Critical Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom
- James, P.,Kath, E. (2014). Global reconciliation: Responding to tension through a local-global process In: SAGE Handbook of Globalization, SAGE Publications, London, United Kingdom
- Kath, E. (2014). Changing the Score: An Australia-Brazil Sport for Reconciliation Exchange: Research Report In: Globalism Research Centre, Richmond Football Club, Bluestone Edge Melbourne, Australia
- Kath, E. (2011). Revolutionary health: State capacity, popular participation and the Cuban paradox In: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 17, 213 - 229
- Komesaroff, P.,Kath, E.,James, P. (2011). Reconciliation and the technics of healing In: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 8, 235 - 237
- Kath, E. (2010). Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle, Transaction Books, United Kingdom
- Reconciliation Research Projects. Funded by: Robert Costa from (2014 to 2015)
2 PhD Current Supervisions