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)
- Lemma, H.,Spark, C.,Cuthbert, D. (2023). Like pouring fuel on a fire: perspectives on family and domestic violence among Ethiopian women in Melbourne In: Journal of Sociology, 59, 716 - 732
- Cuthbert, D.,Barnacle, R.,Henry, N.,Latham, K.,Sidelil, L.,Spark, C. (2023). Barriers to gender equality in STEMM: do leaders have the gender competence for change? In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, , 1 - 15
- Sidelil, L.,Spark, C.,Cuthbert, D. (2023). ‘Being in science and at the same time being a woman is difficult’: Academic women's experiences of gender inequalities in STEM academia in Ethiopia In: Women's Studies International Forum, 98, 1 - 9
- Cuthbert, D.,Barnacle, R.,Sidelil, L.,Henry, N.,Latham, K.,Spark, C. (2023). ‘If someone, somewhere had a plan’: Disavowal in the gender-equality resistance talk of STEMM leaders In: Women's Studies International Forum, 100, 1 - 9
- Lemma, H.,Cuthbert, D.,Spark, C. (2023). ‘This is Australia, not Ethiopia’: Immigrant Ethiopian Women’s Negotiation of the Gendered Division of Domestic Work in Melbourne, Australia In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, , 1 - 16
- Sidelil, L.,Cuthbert, D.,Spark, C. (2022). Institutional betrayal and sexual harassment in STEM institutions: Evidence from science and technology universities of Ethiopia In: Gender and Education, 34, 231 - 246
- Spark, C.,Corbett, J.,Dunlop, P. (2022). Tomorrow's woman? In: Journal of Pacific History, 57, 528 - 531
- Spark, C.,Macintyre, M. (2022). "We are so happy EPF came: Transformations of Gender in Port Moresby Schools In: Contemporary Pacific, 34, 96 - 117
- Spark, C.,Cox, J.,Corbett, J. (2021). Keeping an eye out for women: implicit feminism, political leadership and social change in the Pacific Islands In: The Contemporary Pacific, 33, 64 - 95
- Spark, C.,Brimacombe, T. (2021). ‘Not a trend. It’s a tradition’: Remaking Pacific identity and culture at London Pacific Fashion Week 2019 In: Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, 12, 111 - 130
1 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions
- Adaptation and scale up of School Action Groups in schools in Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. Funded by: The World Bank Group (Competitive) from (2018 to 2019)