Dr. Naomi Joy Godden
Dr. Naomi Joy Godden BSW (Hons) (Monash 2008), BA (Monash 2008), PhD (Monash 2015), is a Research Fellow in the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. She is currently researching the effect of climate change on rural women’s wellbeing, empowerment and agency. Her research interests include gender analysis, gender and climate change, activism for social and environmental justice, social policy analysis, and feminist participatory action research methodology. She completed her PhD, ‘The love ethic in international rural community work’, in the GLASS Research Unit. Naomi has represented GLASS in international fora including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the United Nations Open Working Group to develop the Sustainable Development Goals. Naomi is also part of an international research consortium exploring non-market valuation of loss and damage under climate change.
Prior to commencing as a Research Fellow at Monash, Naomi worked in rural community development, social justice and environmental activism, and feminist participatory research in international and Australian not-for- profit organisations. She has 15 years of community development and social research experience in Australia and internationally in areas such as gender justice, Aboriginal family violence prevention, youth development, education advocacy, poverty alleviation, homelessness and affordable housing, sexual exploitation of women, environmental activism and the gendered impacts of climate change. She has social research experience in rural Australia, Peru, United States, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, India, Bangladesh, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and China.
In addition to her research work, Naomi is involved in numerous social and environmental justice activist collectives. She is also a social commentator on rural social justice and environment issues, and has participated in over two hundred radio, print and television interviews.
Naomi Godden Research: Monash University Research