Gabbie Zizzo

Dr Gabbie Zizzo

Research Fellow

Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education

Division of Academic and Student Engagement

Dr Gabriella Zizzo is a Research Fellow currently working across disciplines at the University of Adelaide.  She is a former student of the University of Adelaide having completed her undergraduate and honours in Anthropology and her PhD in Gender Studies.  Her research interests include intersections of gender and the sociology of health and wellbeing. 

Gabriella has gained experience working in both the academic and non-for-profit sector contributing to applied qualitative research.  She has worked with diverse and what might be considered ‘marginalised’ communities, incorporating feminist and decolonising methodologies. 

Previously, she has worked on the qualitative component of a large, mixed method project on child wellbeing as well as contributing to Aboriginal-led research on contemporary understandings of gender and gender equity in Aboriginal communities in South Australia. 

She is currently contributing to ethnographic research on the food and eating practices of families involved in a peer mentoring program and on women’s decision making factors around the use of substances to boost breast milk supply.

  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2005 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Anthropology)
    2001 - 2004 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Zizzo, G., Mackenzie, C., Irizarry, C., & Goodwin-Smith, I. (2020). Loss and grief: The experience of transition to residential aged care. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 55(4), 474-491.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2
    2018 Zizzo, G., Booth, S., Goodwin-Smith, I., & Robertson, J. (2018). Positive Interactive Engagement (PIE): A pilot qualitative case study evaluation of a customer focused dementia care program based on Montessori principles. Dementia, 19(4), 1-17.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2017 Skattebol, J., Redmond, G., & Zizzo, G. (2017). Expanding children’s agency: cases of young people experiencing economic adversity. Children & Society, 31(4), 315-329.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS6
    2011 Zizzo, G. (2011). “‘Donor breast milk is a product from the hospital, not somebody’: disassociation in contemporary breast milk banking”. Outskirts online journal, 24.
    2009 Zizzo, G. (2009). Lesbian families and the negotiation of maternal identity through the unconventional use of breast milk. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 5(2), 96-109.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2013 Zizzo, G. (2013). Perceptions and negotiations of 'failure' in an Australian breast milk bank. In Breastfeeding: Global Practices, Challenges, Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes (pp. 77-92).
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2019 Mackenzie, C., Zizzo, G., & Redmond, G. (2019). Using web-based interactive mapping to inform an ecological systems understanding of young migrants’ support networks [peer-reviewed conference proceedings]. In Portugal.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2019 Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. (2019). The Aboriginal Gender Study: Final Report
    2019 Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. (2019). The Aboriginal Gender Study: Community Report
    2017 Heneker, K., Zizzo, G., Goodwin-Smith, I., & Awata, M. (2017). Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
    2016 Zizzo, G., & Goodwin-Smith, I. (2016). An evaluation of the implementation of a Consumer-Directed Care service delivery model.
    2016 Redmond, G., Skattebol, J., Saunders, P., Lietz, P., & Zizzo, G. (2016). Are the kids alright? Young Australians in their middle years: Final report of the Australian Child Wellbeing Project.



  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Co-Deputy Director Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 - ongoing Convener Alliance of Gender Scholars | Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83130152, 83131282
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1,Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 1 30, 127
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School, School of Social Sciences

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