Associate Professor Karen Soldatic

Profile photo of Dr Karen SoldaticAssociate Professor, School of Social Sciences & Institute Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. She was awarded a Fogarty Foundation Excellence in Education Fellowship for 2006–2009, a British Academy International Fellowship in 2012, a fellowship at The Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University (2011–2012), where she remains an Adjunct Fellow, and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2016–2019).

Her research on global welfare regimes builds on her 20 years of experience as an international (Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia), national and state-based senior policy analyst, researcher and practitioner. She obtained her PhD (Distinction) in 2010 from the University of Western Australia.

Karen is Istro-Romanian, the smallest ethnolinguistic minority group in Europe, formally recognised by UNESCO. Karen's research on Australian society and settler colonialism is shaped by her lived experience of being the child of immigrants: her father, an illegal immigrant upon his arrival and her mother, removed from her family under Australia's child removal policies (opens in a new window) of the time.


  • PhD (Distinction), 2010, University of Western Australia
  • Master of Education (Special Education), 2001, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training, 2000, Charles Sturt University

Awards and Recognition

  • 2012: British Academic International Visiting Fellowship
  • 2006-9: Fogarty Foundation Excellence in Education Fellowship

Selected Publications

Soldatic, K 2019, Disability and neoliberal state formations , Routledge, London.

Soldatic, K & Fitts, M 2018, ‘At what cost?' Indigenous Australians’ experiences of applying for disability income support (Disability Support Pension), Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales.

Samararatne, D, Soldatic, K & Perera, B 2018, Out of the shadows’: war-affected women with disabilities in Sri Lanka: Final Report, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales.

Soldatic, K 2018, 'Policy mobilities of exclusion: implications of Australian disability pension retraction for Indigenous Australians'Social Policy and Society, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 151-167.

Soldatic, K 2018, 'Neoliberalising disability income reform: what does this mean for Indigenous Australians living in regional areas?',  in D Howard-Wagner, M Bargh & I Altamirano-JimĂ©nez (eds), The neoliberal state, recognition and Indigenous rights, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 131-146.

Soldatic, K & Grech, S (eds) 2016, Disability and colonialism: (dis)encounters and anxious intersectionalities , Routledge, London.

Kandasamy, N, Soldatic, K & Samararatne, D 2016, 'Peace, justice and disabled women's advocacy: Tamil women with disabilities in rural post-conflict Sri Lanka'Medicine, Conflict and Survival, pp. 1-19, DOI: 10.1080/13623699.2016.1237101.

Soldatic, K 2016, 'Postcolonial reproductions: disability, indigeneity and the formation of the white masculine settler state of Australia'Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 53-68.

Soldatic, KM & Grech, S 2014, 'Transnationalising disability studies: rights, justice and impairment'Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 2.

Grover, C & Soldatic, K 2013, 'Neoliberal restructuring, disabled people and social (in)security in Australia and Britain', Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 216-232.

Soldatic, K & Pini, B 2012, 'Continuity or change? Disability policy and the Rudd government'Social Policy and Society, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 183-196.

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