Senior Research Officer
Lena Etuk is a Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on the development of appropriate technological solutions for the collection and dissemination of scientific information to catalyse social impact. In addition, Lena’s research interests include community development, program evaluation, poverty, inequality, race and ethnicity, and community-based participatory research. Lena joined the Centre in September 2016.
Lena has a Master of Science in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialty in social stratification and demography. Prior to joining the Centre for Social Impact, Lena worked for 10 years as an applied Social Demographer at Oregon State University (USA). There she worked to increase Oregonians’ access to social scientific information that could help them and their communities realize positive change. Her research focused on evaluation of community development programs; community-based indicator systems; community vitality; social demographic analyses of rural communities, labour markets, and specific population sub-groups in Oregon; and the development of the Rural Communities Explorer (www.oregonexplorer.info/rural), a highly used website that provides community practitioners access to economic, social, and environmental information about Oregon and Siskiyou County California’s places and people.