Associate Professor Karen Soldatic

Associate Professor Karen Soldatic

Associate Professor,
Social Work And Community Welfare (ssap)

Associate Professor,
Social Work And Community Welfare (ssap)

Biography

Karen Soldatic, Associate 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's research focuses on social inequalities and social injustice particularly in fields of research concerned with disability, Indigeneity, race and migration, sexuality and gender, poverty and welfare. Research emphasis is on the critical intersectionalities across, within and between such regulatory categories and their implications for practices of social embodiment. 

See the research tab for an overview of current and past projects.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Soldatic.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Australia
  • ME SPED (with Merit) University of Sydney
  • B.Voc Edu & Train Charles Sturt University

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association (2012)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Social Work And Community Welfare (ssap)
  • Social Work And Community Welfare (ssap)

Contact

Email: K.Soldatic@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9325
Mobile:
Location: EJD.G.54
Parramatta
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Soldatic, K. and Johnson, K. (2020), 'Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy: Our Way', : Routledge 9780815376491.
  • Soldatic, K. (2019), 'Disability and Neoliberal State Formations', : Routledge 9781472460189.
  • Soldatic, K. and St Guillaume, L. (2019), 'Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age: Classificatory Logic and Systems of Governance: Book of Abstracts', : Western Sydney University .
  • Soldatic, K. and Johnson, K. (2017), 'Disability and Rurality: Identity, Gender and Belonging', : Routledge 9781472454843.
  • Soldatic, K. and Grech, S. (2016), 'Disability and Colonialism: (Dis)Encounters and Anxious Intersectionalities', : Routledge 9781138645738.
  • Grech, S. and Soldatic, K. (2016), 'Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook', : Springer 9783319424866.
  • Soldatic, K., Morgan, H. and Roulstone, A. (2014), 'Disability, Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion', : Routledge 9780415854801.
  • Soldatic, K. and Meekosha, H. (2014), 'The Global Politics of Impairment and Disability: Processes and Embodiments', : Routledge 9781138776005.

Chapters in Books

  • Kandasamy, N. and Soldatic, K. (2020), 'Kamalawathie : gender, disability and leadership in Sri Lanka', Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy: Our Way, Routledge 9780815376491.
  • Soldatic, K. and Johnson, K. (2020), 'Introduction : doing it our way : disability, activism and advocacy', Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy: Our Way, Routledge 9780815376491.
  • Johnson, K. and Soldatic, K. (2020), 'Conclusion', Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy: Our Way, Routledge 9780815376491.
  • Soldatic, K. (2019), 'Surplusisity : neoliberalism and disability and precarity', Palgrave Handbook of Disability and Citizenship in the Global South, Palgrave Macmillan 9783319746746.
  • Samararatne, D. and Soldatic, K. (2019), 'Transitioning with disability : justice for women with disabilities in post-war Sri Lanka', Rethinking Transitional Gender Justice: Transformative Approaches in Post-Conflict Settings, Palgrave Macmillan 9783319778891.
  • Errington, H., Soldatic, K. and Smith, L. (2018), 'Who's disabled, babe? : carving out a good life among the normal and everyday', Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday, Routledge 9781138214217.
  • Soldatic, K. (2018), 'Indigenous mothering and disabled children in regional Australia : a narrative study', Disability, Gender and Violence Over the Life Course: Global Perspectives and Human Rights Approaches, Routledge 9781138085190.
  • Soldatic, K. (2018), 'Neoliberalising disability income reform : what does this mean for Indigenous Australians living in regional areas?', The Neoliberal State, Recognition and Indigenous Rights: New Paternalism to New Imaginings, ANU Press 9781760462208.
  • Kandasamy, N., Soldatic, K. and Samararatne, D. (2017), 'Southern gendered disability reflections : the everyday experiences of rural women with disabilitys after the armed conflict in Sri Lanka', Disability and Rurality: Identity, Gender and Belonging, Routledge 9781472454843.
  • Smith, L., Dowse, L., Soldatic, K. and Kent, M. (2017), 'Developing a MOOC : factoring in disability', Massive Open Online Courses and Higher Education: What Went Right, What Went Wrong, and Where to Next?, Routledge 9781472481986.
  • Soldatic, K. and Johnson, K. (2017), 'Introduction : disability and rurality : identity, gender and belonging', Disability and Rurality: Identity, Gender and Belonging, Routledge 9781472454843.
  • Soldatic, K. and Morgan, H. (2017), '"The way you make me feel" : shame and the neoliberal governance of disability welfare subjectivities in Australia and the UK', Edges of Identity: the Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities, University of Chester Press 9781908258243.
  • Johnson, K. and Soldatic, K. (2017), 'Conclusion [Disability and Rurality: Identity, Gender and Belonging]', Disability and Rurality: Identity, Gender and Belonging, Routledge 9781472454843.
  • Soldatic, K. and Sykes, D. (2017), 'Poverty and people with a disability', Thinking About Poverty, Federation Press 9781760021450.
  • Biyanwila, J. and Soldatic, K. (2016), 'Global financialisation and disability : can disability budgeting be an effective response in the South?', Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook, Springer 9783319424866.
  • Grech, S. and Soldatic, K. (2016), 'Introduction : Disability in the Global South', Disability in the Global South: the Critical Handbook, Springer 9783319424866.
  • Morris, A., Wilson, S. and Soldatic, K. (2015), 'Doing the 'hard yakka' : implications of Australia's workfare policies for disabled people', Disabled People, Work and Welfare: Is Employment Really the Answer?, Policy Press 9781447318323.
  • Roulstone, A., Soldatic, K. and Morgan, H. (2014), 'Introduction : disability, space, place and policy : new concepts, new ideas, new realities', Disability, Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion, Routledge 9780415854801.
  • Meekosha, H. and Soldatic, K. (2014), 'Disability-inclusive social work practice', Social Work Practice for Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Critical Issues, Routledge 9780415535205.
  • Frohmader, C., Meekosha, H. and Soldatic, K. (2014), 'Unruly mothers or unruly practices? : disabled mothers surviving oppressive state practices in Australia', Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarship by and about Mothers with Disabilities, Demeter Press 9781927335291.
  • Meekosha, H. and Soldatic, K. (2014), 'Human rights and the global South : the case of disability', Global Politics of Impairment and Disability: Processes and Embodiments, Routledge 9781138776005.
  • Grover, C. and Soldatic, K. (2014), 'Temporalities and spaces of disability social (in)security : Australia and the UK compared', Disability, Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion, Routledge 9780415854801.
  • Soldatic, K. and Meekosha, H. (2012), 'Disability and neoliberal state formations', Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies, Routledge 9780415574006.
  • Pini, B. and Soldatic, K. (2012), 'Women, chronic illness, and rural Australia : exploring the intersections between space, identity, and the body', Rural Women's Health, University of Toronto Press 9781442645394.

Journal Articles

  • Soldatic, K., Magee, L. and Robertson, S. (2019), 'Temporal negotiations of social inclusion : temporality, mobility, and encounter in disabled people's lifeworlds : commentary on "Using the concept of encounter" (Bigby & Wiesel, 2018)', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol 6, no 1 , pp 52 - 57.
  • Soldatic, K. and Fitts, M. (2019), '[In Press] Sorting yourself out of the system : everyday processes of elusive social sorting in Australia's disability social security regime for Indigenous Australians', Disability and Society, .
  • Fitts, M. and Soldatic, K. (2019), '[In Press] Why extended time on Newstart is unsuitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians living with a disability', Australian Social Work, .
  • Kandasamy, N. and Soldatic, K. (2018), 'Implications for practice : exploring the impacts of Government contracts on refugee settlement services in rural and urban Australia', Australian Social Work, vol 71, no 1 , pp 111 - 119.
  • 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. and Gilroy, J. (2018), 'Intersecting indigeneity, colonialisation and disability', Disability and the Global South, vol 5, no 2 , pp 1337 - 1343.
  • Soldatic, K., Melboe, L., Kermit, P. and Somers, K. (2018), 'Challenges in global indigenous-disability comparative research, or, why nation-state political histories matter', Disability and the Global South, vol 5, no 2 , pp 1450 - 1471.
  • Soldatic, K. (2018), 'Disability poverty and ageing in regional Australia : the impact of disability income reforms for indigenous Australians', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol 53, no 3 , pp 223 - 338.
  • Fitts, M. and Soldatic, K. (2018), 'Disability income reform and service innovation : countering racial and regional discrimination', Global Medial Journal: Australian Edition, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Uink, B. and Soldatic, K. (2018), 'Editorial reflections on Indigenous economic practices of contestation, resistance and wellbeing', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Kandasamy, N., Soldatic, K. and Samararatne, D. (2017), 'Peace, justice and disabled women's advocacy : Tamil women with disabilities in rural post-conflict Sri Lanka', Medicine, Conflict and Survival, vol 33, no 1 , pp 41 - 59.
  • Soldatic, K., Somers, K., Spurway, K. and Toorn, G. (2017), 'Emplacing indigeneity and rurality in neoliberal disability welfare reform : the lived experience of Aboriginal people with disabilities in the West Kimberley, Australia', Environment and Planning A, vol 49, no 10 , pp 2342 - 2361.
  • Spurway, K. and Soldatic, K. (2016), ''Life just keeps throwing lemons' : the lived experience of food insecurity among Aboriginal people with disabilities in the West Kimberley', Local Environment, vol 21, no 9 , pp 1118 - 1131.
  • Didi, A., Soldatic, K., Frohmader, C. and Dowse, L. (2016), 'Violence against women with disabilities : is Australia meeting its human rights obligations?', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol 22, no 1 , pp 159 - 177.
  • Dowse, L., Soldatic, K., Spangaro, J. and Toorn, G. (2016), 'Mind the gap : the extent of violence against women with disabilities in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol 51, no 3 , pp 341 - 359.
  • Chataika, T., Mehrotra, N., Soldatic, K. and Kolarova, K. (2016), ''What kind of development are we talking about?' : a virtual roundtable with Tsitsi Chataika, Nilika Mehrotra, Karen Soldatic and Katerina Kolarova', Somatechnics, vol 6, no 2 , pp 142 - 158.
  • Gartrell, A. and Soldatic, K. (2016), 'Rural women with disabilities in post-conflict zones : the forgotten sisters of Australia's disability-inclusive development', Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, vol 1, no 3 , pp 370 - 381.
  • Toorn, G. and Soldatic, K. (2015), 'Disability, rights realisation, and welfare provisioning : what is it about Sweden?', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol 2, no 2 , pp 109 - 115.
  • Walsh, J., Spangaro, J. and Soldatic, K. (2015), 'Global understandings of domestic violence', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol 17, no 1 , pp 1 - 4.
  • Soldatic, K. (2015), 'Postcolonial reproductions : disability, indigeneity and the formation of the white masculine settler state of Australia', Journal Social Identities, vol 21, no 1 , pp 53 - 68.
  • Samararatne, D. and Soldatic, K. (2015), 'Inclusions and exclusions in law : experiences of women with disability in rural and war-affected areas in Sri Lanka', Disability and Society, vol 30, no 5 , pp 759 - 772.
  • Soldatic, K., Somers, K., Buckley, A. and Fleay, C. (2015), ''Nowhere to be found' : disabled refugees and asylum seekers within the Australian resettlement landscape', Disability and the Global South, vol 2, no 1 , pp 501 - 522.
  • Grech, S. and Soldatic, K. (2015), 'Disability and colonialism : (dis)encounters and anxious intersectionalities', Social Identities, vol 21, no 1 , pp 1 - 5.
  • Soldatic, K., Toorn, G., Dowse, L. and Muir, K. (2014), 'Intellectual disability and complex intersections : marginalisation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol 1, no 1 , pp 6 - 16.
  • Soldatic, K. and Grech, S. (2014), 'Transnationalising disability studies : rights, justice and impairment', Disability Studies Quarterly, vol 34, no 2 .
  • Grover, C. and 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. (2013), 'Appointment time : disability and neoliberal workfare temporalities', Critical Sociology, vol 39, no 3 , pp 405 - 419.
  • Meekosha, H., Shuttleworth, R. and Soldatic, K. (2013), 'Disability and critical sociology : expanding the boundaries of critical social inquiry', Critical Sociology, vol 39, no 3 , pp 319 - 323.
  • Soldatic, K. (2013), 'The transnational sphere of justice : disability praxis and the politics of impairment', Disability and Society, vol 28, no 6 , pp 744 - 755.
  • Soldatic, K. and Meekosha, H. (2012), 'Moving the boundaries of feminist social work education with disabled people in the neoliberal era', Social Work Education, vol 31, no 2 , pp 246 - 252.
  • Soldatic, K. and Pini, B. (2012), 'Continuity or change? : disability policy and the Rudd government', Social Policy and Society, vol 11, no 2 , pp 183 - 196.
  • Soldatic, K., Meekosha, H. and Somers, K. (2012), 'Finding Ernesto : temporary labour migration and disabled children's health', International Journal of Population Research, vol 2012 .
  • Soldatic, K. and Meekosha, H. (2012), 'The place of disgust : disability, class and gender in spaces of workfare', Societies, vol 2, no 3 , pp 139 - 156.
  • Meekosha, H. and Soldatic, K. (2011), 'Human rights and the global South : the case of disability', Third World Quarterly, vol 32, no 8 , pp 1383 - 1397.
  • Soldatic, K. and Pini, B. (2010), 'Exploring disability', Health Sociology Review, vol 19, no 3 , pp 399 - 400.
  • Soldatic, K. and Chapman, A. (2010), 'Surviving the assault? : the Australian disability movement and the neoliberal workfare state', Social Movement Studies, vol 9, no 2 , pp 139 - 154.
  • Soldatic, K. and Biyanwila, J. (2010), 'Tsunami and the construction of disabled Southern body', Global South SEPHIS e-Magazine, vol 6, no 3 , pp 75 - 84.
  • Soldatic, K. and Fiske, L. (2009), 'Bodies 'locked up' : intersections of disability and race in Australian immigration', Disability and Society, vol 24, no 3 , pp 289 - 301.
  • Soldatic, K. and Pini, B. (2009), 'The three Ds of welfare reform : disability, disgust and deservingness', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol 15, no 1 , pp 77 - 96.

Other Publications

  • 2018, ''Out of the Shadows': War-affected Women with Disabilities in Sri Lanka: Final Report', Research Report
  • 2018, ''At What Cost?': Indigenous Australians' Experiences of Applying for Disability Income Support (Disability Support Pension)', Research Report
  • 2018, 'A Study of War-affected Women with Disabilities in Sri Lanka: Pre-consultation Report', Research Report
  • 2018, 'Circles of Social Life, Liverpool: Settling Strangers; Supporting Disability Needs', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Rural Disabled Women's Social Inclusion in Post-Armed Conflict Sri Lanka', Research Report
  • 2014, ''Hard Yakka': Living With a Disability in the West Kimberley', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Sport and Recreation Inclusion for People with Disabilities', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Stop the Violence: Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls With Disabilities in Australia: Background paper', Research Report

Current Projects

Title: New Public Management, Aboriginal Organisations, and Indigenous Rights [via ANU]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Karen Soldatic
Years: 2018-07-02 - 2021-07-01
ID: P00023878
Title: Individual-based measure of socio-economic disadvantage
Funder:
  • Department of Education and Training (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Russell Thomson, Christine Johnston, Kerry Staples, Roger Dawkins, Karen Soldatic and Jim Micsko
Years: 2017-11-09 - 2020-03-31
ID: P00024616
Title: Understanding the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ young people [via UWA]
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Karen Soldatic and Linda Briskman
Years: 2019-02-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00024909

Previous Projects

Title: Disability Pension Reform and Regional Australia: The Indigenous Experience
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Karen Soldatic
Years: 2016-06-01 - 2019-10-31
ID: P00023172
Title: LMRC-Circles of Social Life in Liverpool
Funder:
  • Community Migrant Resource Centre
Western Researchers: Karen Soldatic, Liam Magee and Paul James
Years: 2017-01-23 - 2017-06-30
ID: P00024240
Title: Researching the Rights of People with Disability and Inclusive Education in Islamic Educational Institutions in Indonesia [via State Islamic Uni - no funding to WSU]
Funder:
  • State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
Western Researchers: Karen Soldatic
Years: 2016-08-01 - 2016-12-01
ID: P00023698
Title: Sri Lanka LST - Women with Disability in War Study
Funder:
  • Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka
Western Researchers: Karen Soldatic
Years: 2016-12-01 - 2017-06-30
ID: P00024293

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