Dr Yvonne Hartman is a lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University where she has worked since 1999. Yvonne teaches in the areas of politics and sociology. Her research interests are connected to social inclusion with a focus on regional Australia, participatory democracy, social movements and environmental justice. At present, she is involved in a research project investigating housing issues for single older women in the regions. Yvonne has made a number of presentations and addressed public meetings in relation to her research area.