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Dr. Anne Stephens

The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Senior Researcher
Anne Stephens is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher with the College of Arts, Society and Education and the Cairns Institute at James Cook University.
Anne has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Queensland (2012). Her field of interest is in gender and critical systems thinking for applied social science research. Anne’s feminist-systems thinking (FST) framework is used to evaluate the gender mainstreaming, equity and empowerment programmes of the United Nations and NGOs in international development.
Anne is author of Ecofeminism and Systems Thinking, (first published 2013 and reprinted 2015). (see a recent review by Buyana Kareem, G.J. Lieberman Fellow Stanford Humanities Center, USA). She has dozens of original research articles and several book chapters across diverse social issues: adult vocational education and training; social inclusion in climate change and environmental debates; family violence prevention; addictions treatment; and assessment of brain injury in Indigenous adults.
Anne’s background is in education, social enterprise and project management. Anne was a founding member of the Food Connect Foundation and was an inaugural director of FoodSwell Inc, a charitable health initiative promoting fresh food availability in remote communities across Australia. She was a secondary school teacher working in private and public schools in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and North Queensland. She worked for the Queeensland Government's Department of Education in curriculum research and strategy, Middle Years of Schooling, education events managment, and was the Curriculum Advisor at Network Ten's Children's Television Production Unit.
At the Cairns Institute, Anne’s work has focussed on the social inclusion of communities in Northern Australia. She has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and collaborated widely with cross-disciplinary and institutional teams, and relevant industry, government and NGO representatives. Her focus has been largely on vocational training for social and community development, personal wellbeing, violence prevention and employment.
She regularly presents her work, including keynote and plenary addresses, conference and seminars and supervises PhD and Masters by Research candidates.