Sarah Maddison

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Sarah Maddison is an Australian author, Director of GetUp! and Associate Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

She has a PhD in the Discipline of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She was awarded the 2005 Jean Martin Award by The Australian Sociological Association for her PhD thesis, Collective identity and Australian Feminist Activism: conceptualising a third wave, which examined the role of young women in contemporary Australian women's movements.[1] In 2009 she was joint winner of the Australian Political Science Association Henry Mayer Award for her book Black Politics: Inside the complexity of Aboriginal political culture. In 2009 she was also part of the Sydney Leadership Program ran by Social Leadership Australia at The Benevolent Society.[2]

Sarah’s research interests include reconciliation and conflict transformation, agonistic democracy, dialogue, and Australian social movements, including research on the Indigenous rights movement and the women’s movement. Sarah has also co-authored two editions of a textbook for students of Australian public policy. Sarah received a 2009 Churchill Fellowship to study models of Indigenous representation in the United States and Canada in 2010. She has been an ARC Discovery Project grant recipient for two completed projects, one considering new possibilities for Indigenous representation (DP0877157) and one considering the evolution of social movements through a study of the Australian women’s movement (DP0878688 with Professor Marian Sawer, ANU), which produced the edited collection The Women's Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet: Australia in transnational perspective.

In 2010 Sarah Maddison was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT100100253) to undertake a four-year, four-country comparative study of reconciliation and conflict transformation in Australia, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Guatemala. A book analysing the results from this research will be published by Routledge in 2015. She also has a new research project funded in 2014, with colleagues in Melbourne and Canada (DP140102143), that is exploring non-Indigenous pathways to reconciliation.

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