Brisbane, Australia

Professor Helen Johnson



Helen has over 35 years’ experience in social science, gender studies, anthropology and cultural heritage. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Monash University and is currently a Professor at The University of Sassari in Italy, and The University of Bonn in Germany. She has written and edited numerous publications on women and gender, gender impact assessment, gender and cultural diversity, and gender issues in international development, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific Region.

Helen has supervised over 94 postgraduates at the PhD and Masters level to completion of their thesis research projects.

She has worked in both academic and consulting capacities for projects in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iraq, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and the Solomon Islands.

Helen’s experience and social research skills include:

  • social policy development specialising in the elimination of violence against women
  • gender and human rights-based research, analysis and impact assessment
  • gender and international and resource development training and workshops
  • gender and monitoring and evaluation programs
  • research, data collection, drafting and editing of social and health impact assessments
  • design and analysis of household surveys
  • project design and management.
  • PhD Anthropology, Monash University
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours, Anthropology), Monash University

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant – Australia

  • Chief investigator assessing the gendered educational, health and social impacts of fishing industry change on coastal communities, Queensland, 2009 – 2014.

Markham Valley Biomass Project – Papua New Guinea

  • Design and conduct of gender and human rights research, analysis and impact assessment in Morobe Province, 2016.

PNG LNG Expansion (P’nyang) Project – Papua New Guinea

  • Design and conduct of gender and human rights research, analysis and impact assessment, gendered river use survey, and women’s cultural heritage for households and villages in Western Province, 2014.
  • Desktop social, gender and economic characterisation of five potential gas pipeline routes through Western Province, 2013.

SIMP/ Exxon MobilPNG LNG Gas Pipeline – Papua New Guinea

  • Gender impact assessment of four villages surrounding SP152; analysis and drafting of cultural heritage impact chapter for PNG LNG Project, 2009.

Wafi-Golpu Gold Mine – Papua New Guinea

  • Design of a household and a village survey for social baseline assessment of twelve villages surrounding the mine site. Design of a 3 day training program for staff and Lae University of Technology graduates to conduct the survey, 2012.
  • Data analyst and report writer for land and water resources use survey, 2010.

Spiecapag Social Surveys – Papua New Guinea

  • Project Director and Strategic Advisor for the social surveys conducted for construction of the right of way for the PNG LNG pipeline project in the Highlands and Central province, 2010 – 2012.

Martabe Gold Mine – Indonesia

  • Management of due diligence review of documentation to assess compliance with Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards, Indonesian legislation and client’s internal standards in North Sumatra, 2012.

Opus – New Zealand

  • Design and presentation of Leadership and Cognition: Unrecognised Bias in and Social Impacts on Resource Development Projects in Wellington, 2013.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community/ Solomon Islands Department of Women, Youth and Children/ AusAID – Solomon Islands

  • Chief investigator and policy writer for Department of Women, Youth and Children’s policy to eliminate violence against women for Solomon Islands government, 2009.

Helen has supervised over 94 postgraduates at the PhD and Masters level to completion of their thesis research projects.

  • Johnson, H. “Peoples Mentalities are in a Process of Change: Interpreting New Caledonian Metis Women” in Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes, Canada: University of Manitoba Aboriginal Issues Press, 2004.
  • Johnson, H., D. Ip and J. Everingham, Engaging with Diversity: Community Consultation and the State Public Sector, Brisbane, Queensland: The University of Queensland, 2009.
  • Johnson, H and K. McGavin, “Constructing and Interpreting ‘Mixed Race’ and ‘Mixed Parentage’ in Papua New Guinea, in Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, New York and London: Routledge, 2017.

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