Associate Professor Karen Soldatic

Profile photo of Dr Karen SoldaticKaren Soldatic is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2016-2019) who prior to joining the Institute, worked at UNSW. Karen's DECRA, entitled 'Disability Income Reform and Regional Australia: The Indigenous Experience', draws upon two previous fellowships: British Academy International Visiting Fellowship (2012) and The Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University (2011-2012) where she remains an Adjunct Fellow.

Karen's research on global welfare regimes builds upon her 20 years' experience as an international, national and state based senior policy analyst and practitioner.


  • 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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