Dr Georgia Rowley

Research Fellow

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a qualitative social health researcher with an interest in wellbeing, social determinants of health, health inequities, vulnerable populations, and cross-cultural methodologies. I work as a Research Fellow for SWIRLS in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. I am interested in major life transitions like widowhood, and experiences like domestic and family violence over the life-course. I am especially interested in research with groups who have routinely been excluded from mainstream research, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and refugees, with an emphasis on those who do not speak English, or reside rurally.

I am committed to conducting meaningful, reciprocal, and engaging research with vulnerable population groups. Guided by a social determinants of health lens, and critical feminist methodology, my PhD explored the experience of widowhood and associated wellbeing among older Greek widows and widowers in rural and urban SA. In this study, I conducted qualitative interviews in the Greek language to be inclusive of individuals who had previously not been afforded a voice in academic research, before translating this data to English for wider dissemination. I have also taught workshops for HLTH 3102 (Qualitative Methods in Social Health Research).


PhD Public Health (Southgate Institute for Health, Society, and Equity), Flinders University (2016)
BA Hons (Psychology), Flinders University (2009)

Honours, awards and grants

Esther Bright Travel Scholarship (Soroptimist International), 2013

Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Gary Andrews Award (SA Division), 2012

Flinders University Research Scholarship (FURS), 2011-2014

Cluster Faculty Research Grant, 2011-2013

Golden Key International Honour Society, 2008

Teaching interests

Academic Tutor: HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Bereavement / widowhood
  • Social determinants of health
  • Psychology
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Qualitative methods
Supervisory interests
CALD, culturally and linguistically diverse, needs
Greek migrant culture
Grief, loss and bereavement
Migrant ageing
Migrant identity
Psychological wellbeing
Refugee mental and physical health and wellbeing
Social determinants of health (SDH)
Social exclusion
  • Cross-cultural conceptions of dying and widowhood