Dr Belinda Spagnoletti
Belinda has been with the Nossal Institute since 2013 and is currently a Research Fellow in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Reproductive Health (Pusat Kesehatan Reproduksi) at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.
Belinda is managing an Australian Research Council-funded project exploring women’s experiences of cervical cancer in Indonesia and the health system response to cervical cancer control and care. She has over 15 years’ experience as a researcher and research manager gained in interdisciplinary research teams in Australia and Indonesia.
Belinda earned her Bachelor of Arts (International Studies, with university medal) in 2009 and Honours in International Studies (First Class) in 2011 at the University of South Australia. In 2019 she completed her PhD in International Health at the University of Melbourne.
Belinda’s doctoral research explored the reproductive experiences and decisions of middle class women in urban Yogyakarta, Indonesia in relation to family planning, infant feeding and balancing reproductive and productive work. One of the publications stemming from her doctoral research was awarded the Wang Gungwu Prize in 2018 for best article published by the Asian Studies Review.
Through her research Belinda aims to amplify women’s voices and their reproductive experiences, as these are too often absent in the formulation and evaluation of policies and programs geared at improving their reproductive health.