Dr Stephanie Lusby Research Fellow, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

Stephanie is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Her current research focuses on LGBTIQ people's experience of family, domestic and sexual violence services in Australia. Stephanie has a background in qualitative research, evaluation and program implementation in family and sexual violence sectors, HIV and STI prevention, gender, social change and governance, and gendered violence in post-conflict settings. Prior to joining ARCSHS, she was Director of Prevention programs with Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV). In this role, she co-led the establishment of a partnership between Rainbow Health Victoria and DVRCV to help mainstream prevention practitioners expand their understanding of the gendered drivers of violence against women to include how these are mapped onto drivers of violence against LGBTIQ people.

Much of Stephanie's previous research has focused on the Western Pacific. Her PhD research explored how different interpretations of 'good' masculinity shape how men in Papua New Guinea engage with primary prevention initiatives focused on violence against women and HIV. She has conducted consultative research with the Autonomous Bougainville Government in preparation for the Bougainville referendum on independence with particular focus on women's role in community governance and the relationship between disenfranchisement of rural young people, patterns of drug consumption, and gendered violence. She also co-led research in the Solomon Islands examining women's economic inclusion projects and how they might be better aligned with violence prevention and early intervention initiatives.

Stephanie has published on the disjuncture between gender violence prevention and securitisation discourses in the development sector, how men's lived experiences of violence and precarity shape interpretation of prevention of violence against women and HIV awareness messaging, and the importance of not limiting gendered analysis of violence to violence perpetrated by cis men against cis women.


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