Lindsey Fidler | Acting Manager | Research and Analysis
Lindsey is a sociologist who has been advocating for effective social policy and community programs for disadvantaged communities since 1990. She has worked within UK and Australian community, government and higher education sectors, conducting and commissioning social research and leading research, policy, campaign, advocacy and communications teams.
She is interested in creating systemic change in how we invest in and organize ourselves in a poverty-informed, inclusive way. Her work has help shape UK welfare benefits, student finance and housing standards, London residents’ education and employment opportunities and Tasmanian family support. She attended the Queen’s Garden Party in recognition of her contributions to UK education and welfare policy development
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Margie Law | Policy, Strategy and Development
Margie has a wealth of experience in the Tasmanian policy environment. She has spearheaded SARC’s campaign and policy work on poker machine reform, and she regularly works on issues relating to poverty and utilities, housing, transport and mental health.
Margie regularly collaborates with our service delivery colleagues in Anglicare Tasmania to distill their invaluable experience on the front lines into effective submissions to government. She also conducts policy and campaign work in international aid and development, particularly in the Mekong region.
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Teresa Hinton | Senior Research and Policy Officer
Teresa has over 20 years experience as a social researcher in Australia and the UK. She trained as an anthropologist and has subsequently been able to use her research skills in a number of different environments including research institutes and centres, local government, the community sector, advocacy and campaigning organisations and in advising government. She came to SARC 10 years ago bringing with her extensive research experience in homelessness, and in responding to multiple and complex needs and in the disability sector.
At SARC she has developed a particular interest in how best to hear and strengthen the voices of people who use services and ensure that their lived experience is acknowledged and used in legislative reform, policy development, service design, service delivery and evaluation.
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Dr Catherine Robinson | Research and Analysis
Catherine is a social researcher, international scholar and national advocate on issues related to homelessness including complex trauma and violence. She is a sociologist by training and has a broad interest in social suffering, social care, compassion fatigue and ethics in research with vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on the needs and experiences of highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania.
Catherine returned home to Tasmania and joined SARC after 13 years as an academic at University of Technology, Sydney. Her key publications on homelessness include Beside One’s Self: Homelessness Felt and Lived (Syracuse University Press) and (with Chris Chamberlain and Guy Johnson) Homelessness in Australia (NewSouth Publishing).
Catherine was also Co-Host (with Indira Naidoo) and Series Consultant on the Blackfella Film/SBS documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless which screened in June 2017.
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Shaun Thurstans | Communications and Campaigns Assistant
Shaun has broad experience in communications and campaigning with Tasmanian community organisations promoting and advocating on social and environmental issues, including spearheading the campaign for a ban on fracking in Tasmania. An interest in interpreting technical issues has fuelled his experience in visual communication and writing for web and social media. With tech-savvy skills in tools such as geographical information systems (mapping) and experience in the management of wildlife and Aboriginal heritage conservation, Shaun brings a fresh, innovative perspective to the SARC team.
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