Kathleen Blair is a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Science and Psychology at Western Sydney University. Her doctoral work explores the use of anti-asylum seeker talk in Australian election campaigns and the impact this talk has on both the attitudes and voter behaviour of Australians. Kathleen has also been a Research Assistant on the Challenging Racism Project since 2013 and has conducted extensive research on racism and anti-racism, bystander anti-racism and Islamophobia in Australia. Most notably, she was a lead researcher on the ‘Face Up to Racism: 2015-2016 National Survey’ which investigated the extent and variation of racist attitudes and experiences of racism in Australia and she also led the development and evaluation of a Bystander Anti-Racism campaign, consisting of four videos, which, to date, have been viewed by over 10 million people.
Kathleen is currently working as an Evidence and Research Officer at FACS Insights, Analysis and Research. This role involves supporting the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to embed the Human Services Outcomes Framework to drive evidence-based decision making and adopt an outcomes-focused approach to program design and evaluation.