Sandy Gifford is Professor of Anthropology and Refugee Studies at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. She was the previous founding director of the La Trobe Refugee Research Centre - La Trobe University. Her background is in medical anthropology and her research has addressed ethnicity, migration, settlement and health in Australia.
Her current research focuses on settlement, wellbeing, policy and practice among recently arrived humanitarian migrants in Australia with a particular focus on young people. She has expertise in ethnographic longitudinal studies using a mix of methods from standardized surveys and in-depth interviewing to digital media, film and participatory art based methods.