Dr Archana Voola

Research Fellow

Dr Archana Voola is a Research Fellow at CSI UNSW and manages and undertakes the financial suite of our research projects, including our financial resilience and wellbeing research.

Archana comes to CSI with a PhD and Post Doc from the University of Sydney.

Her PhD in Policy Studies (2014) titled, Beyond the economics of gender inequalities in microfinance: Comparing problem representations in India and Australia, explored the way in which social, economic and education policy in both countries impacts inequalities and social justice. Additionally, the research disrupted binaries in the field of international development associated with ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries by reversing the gaze and providing lessons for Australia from India.

Archana has also engendered a program of research expertise focused on vulnerable groups such as ultra-poor women, financially excluded people, people experiencing food insecurity and domestic violence.

This research has been incorporated into various publications, including marketing strategies for social impact, gender equality strategies, anti-poverty program evaluations, comparative social policy and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

As founding member of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) Oceania Chapter - a coalition of academics from Australia and New Zealand focusing on poverty eradication - Archana has also provided thought leadership on conducting Poverty Audits of the major political parties in Australia.

Mahatma Gandhi’s quote best encapsulates Archana's ethos, ‘Be the change that you want to see in the world’.

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