Ms Cara Ellickson

Director, Gender Consortium

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (307)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Cara has experience designing and facilitating capacity building, human resource development and applied research 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 a) her international development experience in Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia, Kiribati, PNG, Vanuatu and Samoa; b) facilitation of aid project partnerships with Solomon Islands, Ugandan, Mongolian, Chinese and African organisations; as well as c) 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 DFAT, AusAID, NZAID, WHO, UN Women Australia, the Australian Government Office for Women and numerous Australian State Government women's policy offices. Completed projects include:

Peaceful Solutions with Women in Vietnam

Disability in the Eye of Beholder

Countering Gender-Based Violence

Taking on Violence against Women transnationally

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"

Vietnam Women's Union Certificate of Merit for the Development of Women in Vietnam in recognition of "Contributions to the Vietnamese Women's Movement and Vietnam Women's Unions Activities 2012-2017"

Key responsibilities

As the Director of the Gender Consortium, Centre for Development Studies, Cara's responsibilities include the management, coordination and delivery of gender courses and applied research projects under programs such as the Government Partnerships for Development Program and Australia Awards Fellowships and Short Course initiatives 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 Gender Consortium Associates.

Teaching interests
  • Gender and development
  • Gender mainstreaming and gender analysis
  • Gender and health
  • Participatory methodologies
  • Disability and cultural inclusion
Topic coordinator
DVST9032 Gender Mainstreaming
DVST9031 Gender Analysis
Supervisory interests
Applied policy research on culture and development
Applied policy research on disability
Applied policy research on gender
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Women and Leadership in Higher Education in Indonesia (1)