Kate’s experience spans diverse populations and geographies, centring on community-led change. She holds a Bachelor of Management and a Master of Social Sciences (International Development).
Over 14 years, her expertise in facilitation, design, and stakeholder engagement has driven the successful leadership of complex multinational projects and nuanced, place-based initiatives across Australia and internationally. This includes establishing collaborations across multilateral institutions, government bodies, non-profits, enterprises, and local communities.
Kate's Ph.D. research centres on collaborative governance and the pivotal role of community voice in promoting equity and inclusion within systems change initiatives. Kate will actively learn alongside place-based, community-led initiatives to understand the impact of local governance processes. This includes exploring the intersections of Western governance, bio-regional governance, Indigenous, and cultural governance, aiming to uncover how these models might enhance local responses to economic inclusion.
Alongside her PhD, Kate is a practitioner with Collaboration for Impact and Ethical Fields. Kate’s approach to place-based social change is participatory, strength-based, adaptive, and highly relational. She is committed to walking alongside initiatives, ensuring that they are shaped by diverse perspectives and are community-driven and owned. She is deeply committed to the economic inclusion of women as well as fostering community-strengthening initiatives that create opportunity and achieve self-determination for people, whilst respecting and restoring local ecologies, economies, and cultures.
Countries of Program/Research Experience: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kurdish Republic of Iraq, Nepal, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Romania, and Uganda.