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
- Power, Politics and Coalitions in the Pacific
- Communicating Gender for Social Change in Melanesia
- 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.
Date Position Institution name 2017 Course Coordinator University of Adelaide 2015 Developmental Leadership Program Research Fellow La Trobe University 2014 - 2014 Researcher & Consultant Mission Australia 2014 - 2014 Teaching Assistant University of Adelaide 2012 - 2014 Research Assistant University of Adelaide 2010 - 2010 Casual Clerk - Litigation Support Minter Ellison
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Development Studies) 2008 - 2011 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2007 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Development Studies (Hons)
Research InterestsAnthropology of Development Communication & Media Studies Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies Communications and Media Policy Culture, Gender, Sexuality Development Studies Gender Studies International and Development Communication Pacific Cultural Studies Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies
Year Citation 2016 Brimacombe, T. (2016). Trending trousers: debating Kastom, clothing and gender in the Vanuatu mediascape. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 17(1), 17-33.
2013 Skuse, A., Rodger, D., Power, G., Friguglietti, D., & Brimacombe, T. (2013). Communication for development interventions in fragile states: a systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11(3), 1-190.
2013 Brimacombe, T., & Skuse, A. (2013). Gender, ICTs, and indicators: measuring inequality and change. Gender, Technology and Development, 17(2), 131-157.
Year Citation 2017 Brimacombe, T. (2017). Pacific Policy Pathways: Young Women Online and Offline. In M. Macintyre, & C. Spark (Eds.), Transformations of Gender in Melanesia (pp. 141-162). Canberra: ANU Press.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2016 Brimacombe, T., Fletcher, G., & Roche, C. (2016). Power, Politics and Coalitions in the Pacific: Lessons from collective action on gender and power (DLP Research Paper 42). Birmingham, UK: Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham. 2016 Brimacombe, T. (2016). Communication for Development (Concept Brief) (Developmental Leadership Program Concept Brief 07). Birmingham, UK: Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham. 2014 Skuse, A., & Brimacombe, T. (2014). Social networking, social media and complex emergencies: issues paper. Australian Government. 2014 Skuse, A., Brimacombe, T., & Rodger, D. (2014). Communication and complex emergencies: a resource guide. Australian Government.
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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