Dr Ruth McCausland

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Ruth McCausland is Senior Research Fellow and Director of Evaluation, Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership between the Dharriwaa Elders Group and UNSW, and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW.

Dr McCausland ‘s research focuses on the criminalisation of Aboriginal peoples, young people, women, and people with disability from disadvantaged backgrounds, and on community-led responses to incarceration. She is a mixed methods researcher and evaluator engaged in collaborative, interdisciplinary work.

She was Research Fellow on the Lifecourse Institutional Costs of Homelessness for Vulnerable Groups and Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System projects drawing on the UNSW MHDCD Databank. Her PhD was on evaluation and the diversion of Aboriginal women from prison in NSW, and she has a Masters in International Social Development.  She was previously senior researcher at Jumbunna, UTS, and policy advisor at the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and Australian Human Rights Commission.