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Barbara Rugendyke

Adjunct Professor in Geography, Southern Cross University

Barbara is a Geographer, a researcher, teacher and has served in three universities as an academic, including in management roles as Dean of Graduate Studies, Head of School of Arts and Sciences and Dean and Head of School of Arts and Social Sciences. An engaged researcher, Barbara's research interests include the policies and practices of organisations active in community development to improve lives and livelihoods, both internationally and within Australia communities. This encompasses the impacts of development assistance programs, of advocacy activity and of sustainable community based initiatives. Social justice is an abiding theme of Barbara's research, recently focused on the lived experiences of refugee and migrant women in regional communities and on evaluation of services designed to support rough sleepers.


  • 2020–present
    Adjunct Professor, Southern Cross University
  • 2014–2019
    Professor, Dean and Head of School, Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University
  • 2012–2014
    Professor, Head of School of Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University
  • 2007–2012
    Associate Professor of Geographay, University of New England
  • 2009–2011
    Dean of Graduate Studies, University of New England
  • 2000–2007
    Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of New England
  • 1995–2000
    Lecturer in Geography, University of New England


    Australian Institute of Company Directors, GAICD
    University of New England, Doctor of Philosophy
    The University of Sydney, Diploma of Education
    The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts (Hons I)