Centre for Global Research Advisory Committee
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, Language and Literacy Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education, and serves as Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (the first educator elected to this role).
In 2012 he was appointed Research Director of the UNICEF Language and Peace building initiative in Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.
Since 2011 he has served as senior research advisor for LUCIDE, a European Commission project on Languages in Urban Communities - Integration and Diversity for Europe, conducting large scale 4 year research on multilingualism at the municipal level in 12 European cities.
Ms Beth Eggleston, Director, Humanitarian Advisory Group
Beth Eggleston has worked for fifteen years in the humanitarian sector and specialises in civil-military interaction and humanitarian coordination.
Beth also has experience working with alongside host governments (including with National Disaster Management Offices) and with local and international NGOs in Liberia, Tonga, Laos PDR, Sri Lanka and the Solomon Islands.
Beth has a Master of Development Studies and is a graduate of the Humanitarian Leadership Pro.
Dr Panayiota Romios, Senior Researcher, Strategy & Performance, Australian Red Cross
Panayiota Romios is a highly qualified researcher and team leader with over two decades of experience in the design and implantation of research and evaluation projects that support business strategic policy, prioritisation and performance measurement.
Her research has covered homelessness, cultural competency and cultural competency in health care, women’s health, Aboriginal communities, aged care, gender analysis, cultural analysis, outcome mapping, social return on investment assessment, and the circumstances under which these interrelate.
Dr Damian Grenfell, Director, Centre for Global Research
Damian Grenfell is the Director of the Centre of Global Research at RMIT University and a Senior Lecturer in Global Studies incorporating both International Studies and International Development; he is also the Manager of the Timor–Leste Research program.
He supervises Honours, Masters and Doctorate students, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students undertaking Field Projects, International Internships, and Minor Theses.
His work concentrates on gender and violence, security, reconciliation, as well protest and forms of social contestation.
Dr Georgina Heydon, Acting Director Centre for Global Research
Georgina Heydon is the Acting Director of the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University, where she is engaged in collaborative projects that explore gender in relation to the Centre's focus on conflict, development and governance.
She is currently the Vice President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists and an active member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group.
She is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of forensic linguistics and investigative interviewing, and has published numerous academic papers and a book.
Dr Kerry Mullan, Acting Deputy Director Centre for Global Research
Kerry is the Acting Deputy Director of the Centre for Global research at RMIT University and a Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Languages.
She teaches French language and culture and introductory sociolinguistics. Kerry’s main research interests are cross- cultural communication and the differing interactional styles of French and Australian English speakers.