Susanne Kozak’s research focuses on social reproduction in natural disasters, looking at increases in women’s and girls’ workload, and how the gender division of labour might change in disasters. Her broader research interest lies in understanding how gender norms interact with political economic structures, and how policy interventions can support transformative change for gender equality.
Before joining Monash GPS Centre, Susanne worked for the United Nations on gender equality in various countries since 2005. Most recently, she worked with UN Women’s Regional Office for the Arab States in Egypt on regional women, peace and security research studies and programmes. She also worked with UN Women in Kenya and Zimbabwe coordinating programmes on gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment and political participation, as well as national accountability on gender equality. Prior to that, Susanne worked as gender advisor with the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda, and the Swedish Government’s international rescue services agency (MSB) in Sweden.