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Karen is a Lecturer at Monash and has worked in the Business School, Science Faculty and now with Human Geography. Specialty areas are international development and environment sustainability. Her PhD thesis completed in the Department of Management was entitled Cultural Adjustment in the context of an aid-funded higher education sojourn, focused on inter-cultural identity and the reintegration of international students following a study experience in Australia. Karen has worked with international not-for-profits, Governments (Australian and International), higher education institutions, and corporates. She brings to Monash experience of working and living across cultures in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Her qualifications include PhD (Management), Masters Public Policy and Management, Masters Arts (Development Studies), Bachelor Arts (Hons – Geography and Environmental Science). In addition, she holds a Graduate Certificate of Career Development and a Certificate in Workplace Training and Assessor. 

Research interests

intercultural identity, international higher education, foreign aid, career development, diaspora and disaster response, development studies, capacity development, program monitoring and evaluation, scholarships

Research area keywords

  • monitoring and evaluation
  • international higher education
  • development studies
  • foreign aid
  • diaspora
  • disaster response
  • scholarships
  • career development
  • intercultural identity
  • capacity development


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