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Personal profile

Research Biography

My Research (some current examples):

1.Building Multicultural Relations at Adelaide Mosque, Adelaide Mosque Islamic Society of South Australia . Funding from Department of Premier and State, South Australia, Stronger Together Grants.

2.Women's public sector leadership: Learning from what works (Indonesia focus). National competitive funding, Australia-Indonesia Institute Grant Round 2018-19, project in Australia and Indonesia (link to more info)

3.Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness. National competitive funding, Australian National Competitive Grant, ANROWS Perpetrator Interventions Research Priorities 2017-19 (link to more info)

4.Women's & children's protection policy mapping in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. International research collaboration with Public Policy & Administration, and Social Welfare departments, Padjadjaran Universitas, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia (link to more info)

5.Evaluation Research: NDIS ILC ‘I am Woman’ personal development program, Minda Inc. South Australia.

6.Flinders University consortium of the Families and Children Activity Expert Panel, Australian Institute of Family Studies/Dept. Social Services (Cwth).


PhD Supervision

Are you interested in researching issues impacting women and children: social administration, social policy, social sciences - or, women's & children's protection, gender & development, community development, participatory engagement, social inclusion, quality of life, wellbeing, human rights, etc., Are you wanting to study phenomena in Australia, Asia or Pacific regions? If you are seeking a supervisor, send me your Acacemic Transcripts, CV and Research Proposal.


Prior to joining Flinders University:

  • Researcher, former South Australian Dept. Community Welfare; Australian Centre for Child Protection, UniSA; Ministerial Advisory Committee: Children with a Disability
  • Forensic & psycho-social therapist, Child Protection Services, Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital; Victim Support & Forensic Investigator, rape and sexual assault, SA's Justice Portfolio.



BSocWk (hons)

Key responsibilities
  1. Chief Investigator and Research Leader
  2. Teaching Program Dirctor, Social Work
  3. PhD Coordinator for Social Work and Social Administraiton
  4. Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Decentralization and Participatory Development Research, Universitas Padjadjaran, West Java Indonesia
  5. Founding Member/Researcher, Social Work Innovation Research Living Space, Flinders University, South Australia.

Research Interests

I am passionate about the research I do:

  • Gender and development
  • Women's empowerment, women's leadership from the grassroots to the top, prioritising women's voices in matters effecting them, sustainable development, and protective environments to ensure children's futures, prosperity and living well
  • I predominantly do research in Australia and Asia/Pacific Regions, including through my collaborations with Universitas Padjadjaran in West Java
  • I do qualitative, mixed-method and multi-method research - most often applying a feminist lens
  • I am a member of the scientific committee for the World Conference on Women's Studies. As well, I lead the Flinders delegation to the conference (including some my PhD students and research colleagues) each year. Flinders university is a hosting partner.

I supervise many domestic and international PhD students:

  • I will always support individuals applying for a PhD relevant to my research interest areas. E.g, women researching matters effecting women, the protection rights of women and children, quality of life of women, prioritising women's voice in matters affecting them, women's leadership however that may look, and more. Think of it this way, if you are heartfelt about Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, Women's Empowerment, Girls Education, Indigenous Development around the world, Peace and Justice, and want how to mobilise change - then, send me your ideas and your CV.
  • If you're not ready for a PhD, then contact me anyway. I'll help you put together a plan for building your research profile and a winning PhD application, and support with scholarship applications too. I know what is required to be accepted to study with us.

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Research Output

Covid-19 and women's triple burden: Vignettes from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia

McLaren, H. J., Wong, K. R., Nguyen, K. N. & Mahamadachchi, K. N. D., 21 May 2020, In : Social Sciences. 9, 5, 87.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness

    McLaren, H., Fischer, J. & Zannettino, L., Mar 2020, In : ANROWS Research Report. 5, p. 1-92 100 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Indonesia’s orphanage trade: Islamic philanthropy’s good intentions, some not so good outcomes

    McLaren, H. & Qonitah, N., Jan 2020, In : Religions. 11, 1, 12 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Prizes

  • Faculty Scholar in Teaching and Learning

    McLaren, Helen (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Other distinction