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Jacqueline Nelson

(she / her)

Dr Jacqueline Nelson is a Research Fellow on the Speak Now project at Anti-Slavery Australia. Her research for Speak Now explores a range of issues relating to forced marriage prevention, such as the role of frontline workers in the social response to forced marriage, young people managing pressure to marry, as well as navigating family relationships and forced marriages.

Jacqueline is a sociologist whose previous research has examined difficult conversations within families, responses to racism, and public policy responses to social issues. Her postdoctoral research used ideas of performativity to look at how people respond to racism within their own families. In previous work she has examined local or place-based responses to racism and discourses of denial. Jacqueline has also published on the topics of bystander responses to racism, and ethnic discrimination in housing and employment.

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Hons I Psychology) from the University of Sydney, an MSc (Applied Social Research) from Trinity College in Ireland, and a PhD from the University of Western Sydney. Jacqueline was a Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney 2015 - 2020.


  • 2021–present
    Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2020–2021
    Senior Research Officer, University of Sydney
  • 2015–2020
    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2012–2014
    Senior Research Officer, University of Western Sydney


  • 2013 
    University of Western Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2008 
    Trinity College, Ireland, Masters of Science (Applied Social Research
  • 2004 
    The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Hons I Psychology