Dr Georgia Rowley

Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a qualitative social health researcher with an interest in health and wellbeing, social determinants of health, health inequities, vulnerable populations, and cross-cultural methodologies. I work as a Research Fellow in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University on the Transition Support Project. I am interested in health and well-being, and major life transitions like widowhood 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. My Psychology Honours thesis compared the health and well-being of older British-Australian and Greek-Australian migrant widows in SA. My PhD furthered my previous research on widowhood and well-being, concentrating specifically on older Greek widows and widowers in rural and urban SA. My PhD was guided by social determinants of health, and critical feminist methodology. 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-Present

Renmark High School, Dux of School, 2004

Key responsibilities

Flinders Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (SBREC): Low Risk Panel Member (2020-current)

Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying: Member (2019-current)

Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying: Management Group, ECR Representative (2019-2020)

Invited peer reviewer: Journal of Sociology; Journal of Aging Studies; Behavioral Sciences; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Nursing Reports; Australiasian Journal on Ageing; Auckland Medical Research Foundation; Healthcare.

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
Grief, loss and bereavement
Migrant ageing
Psychological wellbeing
Refugee mental and physical health and wellbeing
Social determinants of health (SDH)

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