Melanie is a Professor of History in the School of International Studies at Flinders University. Her research interests include the role of voluntary organisations and volunteers in historical and contemporary contexts, and gender and war in both WWI and WWII. Her books include Australian Red Cross' centenary history, "The Power of Humanity" (HarperCollins, 2014) and she is currently writing a book on WWI soldier settlement in Australia with Professor Bruce Scates (Monash University). She has written books on volunteering (Volunteering. Why we can’t survive without it, UNSW Press, 2008); edited volumes (with Jeni Warburton, Volunteering in Australia, The Federation Press, 2014); and presented radio programs (Vita Activa, ABC Radio National Life Matters). Her extensive community work includes chair of a working group as part of the SA Volunteer Strategy.