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Gender Policy Fellow, Australian National University

Over the last 15 years, Sonia has worked across academic, development and parliamentary institutions, principally with the interest of understanding and improving women’s political leadership and participation. Sonia has driven the international research agenda on gender sensitive parliaments, having written practitioner-focussed reports (for the Inter-Parliamentary Union) and academic publications (Oxford Research Encyclopaedia) on the subject.

She has contributed to international policy development on women’s political participation in UN Women Headquarters (New York), and as a development practitioner, engaged with current and aspiring women in politics in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and - most prominently - the Pacific.


  • –present
    Gender Policy Fellow, Australian National University


  • 2003 
    University of Queensland, PhD in Political Science