Dr Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence

PhD Gender & Cultural Studies (ANU 2018), MA International Relations, Master International Development (Deakin University 2012), BA Hons Politics, Philosophy, History (University of London 1995)
Honorary Associate Professor
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Political Economy And Social Change 440404
  • Pacific Peoples Ethics 451307
  • Pacific Peoples Culture, Language And History Not Elsewhere Classified 451399
  • Feminist Theory 440503
  • Feminist Methodologies 440502

Research interests

Decolonial theory and method; decolonial praxis; decolonising international development; matrilineal and matricentric societies in Papua New Guinea


Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence is a transformation strategist. She researches decolonial theory and also works as a practitioner in international development. These multiple lenses position her to generate theory from practice, contribute to scholarly dialogue, and bridge the divide between academia and civil society praxis.

Salmah is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Culture, History & Language at the ANU and Director of Systemic Change & Partnerships at IWDA (International Women’s Development Agency) where she leads work on decolonising approaches in international development. She is also a non-executive board member of WaterAid Australia.

Salmah was director of risk management advisory practices for Deloitte & Touche in London, New York and Sydney and has worked for United Nation's agencies including in Afghanistan and Bhutan. She now works to decolonise international development through her roles in executive management, governance and gender equality. In her scholarly life she researches decolonial ethics, epistemology and feminism drawing from the ethics and epistemologies of her own Papua New Guinean and matrilineal culture within a broader Oceanic / Pasifika culture. Her forthcoming book is provisionally titled Decolonising International Development: The view from the south.




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