Dr Connie Musolino

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Bedford Park (2.54)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Connie Musolino is an early career researcher with qualifications in social science, gender studies and development studies.

Connie completed her PhD in 2016 working on an ARC Linkage project using anthropological and mixed research methods to examine why women with eating and body issues in South Australia were resistant to seek therapeutic help, and how they experienced their practices as a form of care and health. In her current position at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Connie is working across a range of projects examining health inequities, the social determinants of health, health promotion and community health services, and civil society and social movements.

Connie has experience in a wide range of research methods including semi-structured interviewing, focus groups, community consultation, observations, diary writing, world cafe and surveying. She is also experienced in project managing complex and interdisciplinary teams, including organising project advisory committee's, and community and policy engagement to enhance evidence translation.

Connie is a member of the international research network, the Punching Above their Weight Research Network, formed to advance thinking and research about why some countries do much better in terms of health outcomes than would be predicted by economic status.

Much of this work is interdisciplinary and Connie has worked across social science, gender studies, anthropology, development studies, psychiatry and public health.


Bachelor of Development Studies and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honors) University of Adelaide

Connie completed her PhD at Gender Studies and Social Analysis, University of Adelaide (2016)

Honours, awards and grants

Connie' PhD thesis recieved a Special Comendation from the Dean of the University of Adelaide and a nomination for a University Medal.

Key responsibilities

In her current role at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity Connie is a Research Fellow working predominantly on the following projects as Project Manager and the lead in qualitative data collection and analysis and writing up of results into reports and journal articles:

Contemporary lessons from a history of Aboriginal, women’s and generalist community health services in Australia 1970-2020. Funded by ARC.

Testing the feasibility of the rapid translation of Health in all Policies ideas to create healthy urban environments, create health promoting health services and stem the non-communicable disease epidemic in the southern area of Adelaide. Funded by Health Translation SA through MRFF.

Explaining the increase in health inequities in South Australia: Trialling a case study to understand the influence of social and economic performance. Flinders University Innovation Partnership Seed Grant. Industry partner: South Australian Council of Social Service.

Teaching interests

Connie has tutored in the topics Gender, Bodies and Health (The University of Adelaide) and Critical Social Analysis of Health (Flinders University).

Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: MD Advanced Studies Students - History of community health (2)
Associate supervisor: Master of Public Health (2)