Tait Brimacombe

Tait Brimacombe

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Tait holds a bachelor's in Development Studies and Law from the University of Adelaide. She began her PhD in 2012 with the Discipline for Anthropology and Development Studies investigating the intersection of communication for development and gender in the Pacific.

Tait has contributed to research for AusAID (now DFAT) and the Australian Civil Military Centre (ACMC) on communication for development in fragile states, and the role of communication in complex emergencies. In addition, she has been engaged in research and consultancy on a number of community development and service provision topics including employment services and youth disadvantage.

Tait's current research interests include women's leadership, communication for development, digital activism, coalitions and collective action in the Pacific.

2015-present Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) Research

  1. Power, Politics and Coalitions in the Pacific
  2. Communicating Gender for Social Change in Melanesia
  3. Digital Feminism in Fiji

2013/14 Communication and Complex Emergencies Project; University of Adelaide's Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU) & the Australian Civil Military Centre (ACMC).

2012/15 Communication for Development in the Pacific: The Role of Gender; PhD research project, University of Adelaide.

2016: Organisational Responses to Social Change: A literature review, $38,117 (Chris Roche, Linda Kelly & Tait Brimacombe), Building Healthy Communities RFA, La Trobe University.

2016: Visiting Fellowship Grant, $9,967 (Tait Brimacombe), Transforming Human Societies RFA, La Trobe University.

2012: Research Abroad Scholarship, $1,500 (Tait Brimacombe), Graduate Centre, University of Adelaide.       

2012-2014: ABC Supplementary Scholarship, $15,531 (Tait Brimacombe), Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

2012-2014: Australian Postgraduate Award, $73,773 (Tait Brimacombe), Australian Government.

2017: DEVT 3005, Aid Policy & Administration (course coordinator)

2014: ANTH 1105, Anthropology of Everyday Life (teaching assistant)

2014: ANTH 1104, Anthropology of Culture & Society (teaching assistant)

2014: DEVT 2100, Poverty & Social Development (teaching assistant)


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