Belinda has been with the Nossal Institute since 2013 and is currently a Research Fellow in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She manages a multi-site research project funded by the Australian Research Council that explores women’s experiences of cervical cancer in Indonesia.
She has over 13 years of research and research management experience gained in interdisciplinary research teams in Australia and Indonesia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (International Studies, with university medal) in 2009 and completed honours in international studies (First Class) in 2011, at the University of South Australia.
Belinda is also one of the Nossal’s PhD students. Her 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. She conducted 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Indonesia based at the Center for Reproductive Health at Gadjah Mada University. Her doctoral research was supported by the Nossal Global Health Scholars Programme, an Endeavour Research Fellowship, and the Graduate Women Victoria Bursary in Memory of Feminist Fathers.
Through her research Belinda aims to give a voice to women – their voices are often absent in the formulation and evaluation of policies and programs to improve their reproductive health. She believes that understanding women’s reproductive and sexual experiences, desires and subjectivities – all of which should be considered in policy and program design – is core to improving their reproductive and sexual health.