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Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University

Debbi is a health anthropologist with expertise in medical anthropology, qualitative health research and hospital ethnography. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies at The Wollotuka Institute, the University of Newcastle, and a Senior Research Fellow on the Jean Monet SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) project at the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University.

She is a co-author on the most recent edition of Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action (3rd edition, 2019, Singer, Baer, Long & Pavlotski). Her research has been published in Social Science & Medicine, Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Health Sociology Review, and the MJA (Medical Journal of Australia), among others.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer/Research Fellow, Global Studies/EU Centre, RMIT
  • 2019–present
    Senior Lecturer, Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle


  • 2016 
    University of Newcastle, Australia, PhD
  • 1996 
    University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Doctorandus (Masters)