Dr Katy Osborne

Research Fellow

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity

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

Katy is a social scientist with a background in psychology and public health. She has also worked on research projects in the areas of politics and public policy. Between 2011 and 2013 she worked as a Research Fellow in the South Australian Community Health Research Unit. She has an overriding research interest in examining the social determinants of health and health inequities. Within this, her research interests lay in the areas of gender and women's health, neighbourhood and place as social determinants of health, and how participation in different life domains such as paid work, community volunteering, unpaid domestic work and leisure influence health in different ways. Katy applies both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research. She is experienced in multi-disciplinary research and working with partners from outside the research sector.

Qualifications
PhD in Public Health - awarded 2009, Flinders University
BA (Hons - Psychology) - awarded 2004, University of Adelaide
Research expertise
Public health and health services
Research interests
Katy's research relates to:
  • Housing, employment, neighbourhoods and health
  • Women's unpaid domestic and caring work, social participation and health 
  • Evaluation research
Katy's previous research has included projects related to:
  • Locational disadvantage, social capital and health
  • Location, social capital and health inequities: An indigenous perspective
  • Gender analysis for policy development in an Australian context
Teaching interests

In Semester 1 2014 Katy was a tutor and guest lecturer in HLTH 1101, Health Promotion for Health Professionals.

In 2010 Katy was a tutor and guest lecturer for the Flinders University Foundation Course. She taught in 2 topics:

Introduction to University Study through Academic Writing
Developing the Skills of Academic numeracy

She also gave a guest lecture in the topic 'Developing the skills of Academic literacy' on the topic of neighbourhood environments and health. Katy has also been a guest lecturer for the Foundation course whilst she was studying for her PhD.

Supervisory interests
Gendered social determinants of wellbeing
Health and society
Housing, social inclusion, neighbourhood disadvantage
Research to inform policy
Social and economic determinants of health inequities
Social capital and health
Social determinants of health (SDH)
Social inclusion
Urban studies
Work and health
Publications

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