Adjunct Associate Professor Eileen Pittaway AM

Photo Eileen Pittaway PortraitPhD (Refugee Policy and Management)

From 1999 to 2013 Eileen was Director of the Centre for Refugee Research, University of New South Wales, and Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, co-ordinating and teaching in the Master Programs of International Social Development, and Refugees and Forced Migration.  She now continues her research activities and involvement with the University in an honorary capacity.  During that time her major focus has been the prevention of and response to the rape, sexual abuse and gender based violence experienced by refugee women at risk, both overseas, and following resettlement to Australia.

Over the past twenty years, she has conducted research, provided training to refugees, UN and NGO staff in refugee camps and urban settings, acted as technical advisor to a number of projects, and evaluated humanitarian and development projects  in 18 different countries .

In 2001 Eileen was awarded a Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission for her work with Refugee Women and Children. In 2005 she received a NSW Premiers Award for services to Refugee Education In Australia and in 2012 was made a member of the Order of Australia for her work with refugees.