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Professor, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

Tess Lea is an anthropologist who studies bureaucracies and cultures of policy making, asking why the path to implementing anything evidenced is so very hard -- an issue she tackles in her most recent book 'Wild Policy' (2020, Stanford). Her work spans human-other relations, settler colonialism, everyday militarism and the social worlds of regional and remote Australia. She leads the Housing for Health Research Incubator in partnership with the NGO Healthabitat, on a program of applied research aimed at improving public housing, water security and health for Indigenous and other structurally disadvantaged groups.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney


  • 2003 
    University of Sydney, PhD