Associate Professor Anna Ziersch

Associate Professor (Research)

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity

place Health Sciences Building (2.53)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a qualitative and quantitative social scientist and have an overarching interest in health inequities, in particular multidisciplinary and multimethod approaches to understanding the social determinants of health. My main focus more recently has been on the social determinants of refugee health and wellbeing, and also the links between discrimination and health.

I am a co-convenor of the Migrant and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet).

BA (Hons), University of Adelaide
MSc (Social Psychology), London School of Economics
PhD (Public Health), Flinders University
Research expertise
Migrants and refugees
Public health and health services
Research interests

Current research interests:

  • Social determinants of refugee and asylum seeker health and wellbeing
  • Discrimination, stigma, social inclusion and health and wellbeing
  • Social capital and health
  • Neighbourhood, housing and social inclusion
  • Employment and health
  • Equity in primary health care

Current projects:

  • Public spaces, inclusion and health and wellbeing for refugee youth
  • Stillbirth prevention and support for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • Digital storytelling as a research and engagement method with refugees and asylum seekers
  • Primary health care access for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Refugee and asylum seeker oral health
  • Migrant workers experiences of state sponsored programmes
  • Regional resettlement experiences of refugees
  • The health and wellbeing impacts of temporary protection visas for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Mental health and mid-to-long term settlement challenges for young people from refugee backgrounds
  • Decolonising practice in primary health care
  • Policy responses to unemployment in South Australia

Previous research areas/projects:

  • HIV related stigma for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Experiences of making complaints about discrimination
  • Housing, social and inclusion and wellbeing for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Relocation of public housing tenants
  • Indigenous perspectives on the relationships between location, social capital, racism and health
  • Social capital and public policy interventions to improve health and reduce inequities
  • Longitudinal study of the health, housing and labour market impacts of an automotive plant closure
  • Locational disadvantage, social capital and health
  • The health impacts on changing patterns of work - the mediating role of resiliency and social capital
  • Housing tenure, location and social capital
  • Housing tenure and employment
  • Social aspects of HIV/STI prevention in the sex industry
Supervisory interests
Housing, social inclusion, neighbourhood disadvantage
Refugee mental and physical health and wellbeing
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Multiculturalism policy (1), Mental health for Syrian refugee women
Associate supervisor: HIV nutrition programme in Ethiopia (1), Mental health effects on children of immigration detention
Principal supervisor: 'Health care seeking behaviours for sexually transmitted infections among women attending the National Institute of Dermatology and Venereology in Vietnam' (1)
Associate supervisor: The impact of health on lifetime earnings, labour force experience and retirement, and health and income inequities post retirement (1), Refugee experiences of private rental housing, 'Neighbourhood characteristics, social capital, health and wellbeing: comparing the experiences and opportunities of relatively low income indiviudals living in contrasting socio-economic areas' (1), 'Women, social capital and mental well-being: An examination of participation in community groups' (1), An investigation of trust in areas of differing socioeconomic status: Implications for health' (1)

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