Ms Cara Ellickson

Position/s:Director, Gender Consortium
Centre for Development Studies
Phone: +61 8 82012242
Location: Social Sciences South (307)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia


Cara has experience designing and facilitating capacity building projects on gender equity, disability inclusion, community development and culturally respectful service delivery. Cara's teaching, training and research on gender and social issues is informed by her international development experience in Vietnam, Indonesia, Kiribati and Samoa and aid project partnerships with Ugandan, Mongolian and Cambodian organisations as well as her public sector experience working in senior policy and planning roles with the South Australian Department of Human Services, South Australian Health Commission and National Public Health Information Development Unit. Cara's clients have included AusAID, NZAID, World Vision, UN Women Australia, Australian Government Office for Women and numerous Australian State Government women's policy offices.


BA(Hons) (Adel)
Master in International and Community Development (Deakin)
Doctor of Education candidate (Flinders) (2012 to current)

Honours, awards and grants

Flinders University, Social Sciences Faculty Award (2009) for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching
DEEWR Endeavour Executive Award (2009)
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation (2011) for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
SA Women's Honour Roll for Gender, Disability and Cultural Inclusion
Vietnam Women's Union Merit Medal for the Development of Women in Vietnam for Significant Contribution to the Equality and Development of Vietnamese Women

Key responsibilities

As the Director of the Gender Consortium, Centre for Development Studies, Cara's responsibilities include the management, coordination and delivery of gender training and fellowship courses under programs such as the Indonesia-Australia Specialised Training Program (IASTP), Australia Award Fellowships Program. She is also responsible for the development and delivery of teaching materials for the Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis course. Cara works in partnership with the Associate Director, Gender Consortium, Dr Anuardha Mundkur and Gender Consortium Associates.


Teaching interests

Gender and development
Gender mainstreaming and gender analysis
Gender and health
Participatory methodologies
Disability and cultural inclusion

Topic Coordinator:

  • 9032 Gender Mainstreaming

Topic Lecturer:

  • 9031 Gender Analysis

Research and supervision

Research interests

Applied policy research on gender, disability, culture and development


Refereed journal articles
  • Mundkur, A. and Ellickson, C. (2012). Bringing the Real World in: Reflection on Building a Virtual Learning Environment. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36(3) pp. 369-384. [10.1080/03098265.2012.692073]
  • Lin, V., Gruszin, S., Ellickson, C.M., Glover, J., Silburn, K., Wilson, G., et al. (2007). Comparative evaluation of indicators for gender equity and health. International Journal of Public Health, 52(Suppl1) pp. 19-26. [doi:10.1007/s00038-006-6050-1]
Other public research outputs
  • Haggis, J., Schech, S.B., Baulderstone, J.M. and Ellickson, C.M. (2005). Occasional Paper: Gender Equity in DECS - A Focus on Women, pp. 1-44. [Link]

Professional and community engagement

Indigenous and women's political representation
Challenging racism

Vietnamese Women's Association of SA 2003 to 2010 (various roles including Board Member, Secretary, Vice President)

inspiring achievement