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Dr Helen Johnson

WATR7000 - New perspectives on project management

WATR 7000 Dr Helen Johnson, UQ

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Helen Johnson currently operates her own consultancy, following more than two years as a Principal with Coffey Environments. Helen has undertaken field research a number of Papua New Guinea provinces as part of her consultancy work.

Helen has a PhD in Anthropology from Monash University and over 20 years academic experience in social science, anthropology, women and gender studies, community relations, and international development, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific Region. Helen has supervised over 80 postgraduates at the PhD and Masters level to completion of their thesis research projects and has worked on projects in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iraq, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and the Solomon Islands.

In 2016 Helen made a range of presentations as part of her Professorship with the University of Sassari, Italy.


GCHE (Higher Education), Monash University

BA - Hons (Anthropology) Monash University

Ph.D. (Anthropology) Monash University

Professional activities

Member - Australian Anthropological Society

Member - Canadian Anthropological Society

Member - Victorian Women's Trust


Senior Lecturer (Anthropology), University of Queensland, 2002 - Present

Lecturer (Anthropology), Monash University, 1996 - 2001

Lecturer (Womens's Studies), Monash University, 1997 - 1998

Research interests

  • Gender and Indigenous Women in New Caledonia
  • The Vietnamese Diaspora in New Caledonia
  • Globalisation, Social Change and Mixed Heritage
  • Gender and Information and Communication Technologies in the Asia Pacific
  • Gender, Development and Social Impact Assessment
  • Engaging with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in Australia and Canada
  • Gender, Labour and Knowledge Work in Malaysia
  • Learning Experiences and Outcomes of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students at The University


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