Mahnaz Alimardanian

I am an applied social scientist, a qualified anthropologist based in Melbourne, Australia. I am an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University (Profile) and a Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society. I hold a PhD (La Trobe University) and two Masters degrees (Australian National University, University of Tehran) in Anthropology. I have years of professional research experience in the discipline and in conducting research under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) and Victorian Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (VIC). I also have a background in visual and performing arts, design and literary criticism.

I consider myself a dynamic researcher with a diverse research background and long-term sound experience in qualitative, multi- and inter-disciplinary research projects. I have expertise and experience in the following matters:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and closely with Indigenous and culturally diverse communities:

I have worked with Indigenous communities, Traditional Owners and families in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia conducting ethnographic and participatory research for years. I also have experience in working with ethnic communities.

  • Capacity to work in multi-disciplinary environments, and with multiple stakeholders:

I have extensive experience in working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders in interdisciplinary projects. I have collaborated with lawyers, historians, artists, archaeologists, policy advisors and environmentalists in land rights claims,  social justice and cultural heritage cases, and social impact projects.

I have enjoyed a close working association with community organisations as well as professional contact with the Federal Court of Australia, the National Native Title Tribunal and state government departments to assist with land settlements.

  • Capacity in design, management and conduct of diverse research projects:

In addition to social and cultural research, I have involved in literary criticism, journalism and performing arts, and participated in film and documentary production. I have conducted research in different environments and on various topics and have consistently engaged in research and publishing on matters associated with knowledge and lived experience across cultures and social circumstances. I have skills in design and creative writing, for instance in designing innovative data collection methods, development of publications, project guidelines, and in conduct of reviews.

  • Competence to undertake community-based and community-driven projects:

My lifetime passion for social justice and transparency, belief in locally informed and small-scale community services, training in social sciences, humanities and art, and finally my trust in creativity have all equipped me to observe, listen and pay attention to nuances and details. I apply effective research methods, models and techniques in undertaking engaged research and assisting with community involvement.

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