Dr Sonia Palmieri

BA (Hons) PhD (UQ)
Policy Fellow (Gender)
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 6560

Areas of expertise

  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods 160807
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801

Research interests

Women's political participation and leadership in the Pacific and globally, gender sensitive parliaments, capacity building for gender research


Over the last 15 years, Sonia has worked across academic, development and parliamentary institutions, principally with the interest of understanding and improving women’s political leadership and participation. She has held positions with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (in Geneva, Switzerland), the United Nations Development Program (in Hanoi, Vietnam), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (in New York, USA), and the Australian parliament.

As an independent development practitioner, she has engaged with current and aspiring women in politics in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and - most prominently - the Pacific, and has designed and evaluated development projects for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 


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