Sandra Gendera

Research Associate
MA University of Vienna
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7642
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 208, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Consultation

Monday to Thursday
Fields: Social Policy, Migration, Sociology, Gender Specific Studies
Tags: Health Policy Evaluation, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare, Youth/child development and welfare, Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services

Sandra joined the Social Policy Research Centre in 2008. Prior to her appointment as a Research Associate she worked at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. Her research focused on European immigration policies and their intersection with the informal economy.

Since coming to the SPRC, Sandras' research has expanded to various social policy fields, including research with young people, disability and mental health research, and program evaluation. Currently she is working on two longitudinal research projects led by A/P Kristy Muir examining the outcomes of vulnerable young people. One is a large scale mixed methods evaluation of headspace, Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Program. The second project is funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. The project, “We Can’t Afford Not To”, investigates over a three year time frame how to better support young people in Australia within their families and communities. www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/ypfc

In 2013, together with colleagues from the SPRC Ilan Katz and Abigail Powell, Sandra completed a unique research examining the factors impacting on the wellbeing of asylum seekers, or Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMA) in immigration detention. This groundbreaking research, commissioned by the Australian Government Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), will be released in late 2013.

Research

Sandra joined the Social Policy Research Centre in 2008. Prior to her appointment as a Research Associate she worked at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. Her research looked at European immigration policies and their intersection with the informal economy. Sandra's work involved interviews with vulnerable and marginalised groups (e.g. sex workers; undocumented migrant workers). 

Sandra's expertise is in qualitative research, including projects involving mixed methods; longitudinal analysis; involvement of multiple stakeholder groups; and delivering research outputs to various audiences. Her research expands to various social policy fields: disability and mental health research; migration and immigration; research with young people and their families and supporters; and program evaluation.

Currently she is working on a Australian Research Council (ARC) grant (2015-18) looking at the nature of the relationship formed between young people with cognitive disability and their paid support.

Publications

    Books

    • Jandl M;Hollomey C;Gendera S;Stepien A;Bilger V, 2009, Migration and Irregular Work in Austria. A Case Study of the Structure and Dynamics of Irregular Foreign Employment in Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Original, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=show_visitor_book&isbn=9789089640536&l=2

    Book Chapters

    • Gendera S;Pe-Pua R;Katz I, 2012, 'Social cohesion and social capital: the experience of Australian Muslim families in two communities', in Mansouri F; Marotta V (ed.), Muslims in the West and the challenges of belonging, edn. Original, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 89 - 113
    • Gendera S, 2011, 'Gaining an insight into Central European transnational care spaces: migrant live-in care workers in Austria', in Bommes M; Sciortino G (ed.), Foggy social structures: irregular migration, European labour markets and the welfare state, edn. Original, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 91 - 115
    • Hollomey C;Bilger V;Gendera S, 2008, 'Changing dynamics in irregular migrant employment in Austria: results of a Delphi-Study', in Drbohlav D (ed.), Migrants` irregular economic activities: the Czech Republic in a European context, edn. Original, Karolinum, Prague, pp. 247 - 262

    Journal articles

    • Robinson S;Fisher KR;Gendera S, 2016, 'Can Case Management Contribute to Effective Use of Small Self-Directed Support Packages for People with Disabilities?', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 10, pp. 268 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12095
    • Fisher KR;Lutz D;Gadow F;Robinson S;Gendera S, 2015, 'A transformative framework for deinstitutionalisation', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 2, pp. 60 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2015.1028089

    Reports

    Theses / Dissertations

    • Gendera S, 2007, Transnational Care Space Central Europe. Working and Living Conditions of Migrants Irregularly Employed in Domestic Care Provision

    Conference Presentations

    • Gendera S, 2010, 'Meeting the Needs of Muslim Families in Australia: Exploring marginalisation, informal and formal support needs', presented at Diversity in Health Conference, Melbourne, 07 - 09 June 2010