Dr Linda Bartolomei

Forced Migration Research Network
BA, BSW, Grad Dip, MSW, PhD
School of Social Sciences, Centre for Refugee Research

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1859
+61 (2) 9662 8991
Room G23, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Migration, Social Work, Gender Specific Studies
Tags: Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare, Gender and Sexualities

Research

Linda Bartolomei is the Director of the Centre for Refugee Research and the co-coordinator of the Master of Development Studies program in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. She lectures in Community Development,  Refugee Studies and Advocacy at both Master and Undergraduate level in the Bachelor of Social Work. 

 Since 2001, Linda has been involved in a series of action-based research projects exploring the challenges associated with identifying and responding to refugee women and girls at risk in Kenya, Ethiopia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Australia. The results have had significant impact on research and policy and were instrumental in the introduction of the UNHCR’s Conclusion on the Protection of Women and Girls at Risk in 2006 and the implementation of the Heightened Risk Identification Tool.

Linda has contributed to several missions on behalf of UNHCR Geneva to support the implementation of the Conclusion and further development of the Tool and regularly presents research reports at UNHCR Geneva. One of the most significant international refugee and community development projects Linda undertook was the  “Survivors, Protectors, Providers” Project as part of the 60th Anniversary of the UNHCR Refugee Convention. With Professor Eileen Pittaway, she was selected for the project by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The project included a series of Dialogues with refugee and IDP women and girls, men and boys, from refugee groups from India, Colombia, Jordan, Uganda, Zambia, Thailand, Finland and Australia. Linda is currently leading a practice based research project in New Delhi India which is modelling refugee led community development and social support. The project, funded by the DIBP Displaced Persons Program, is being implemented in direct partnership with refugee communities from Afghanistan and Somalia with the support of UNHCR and BOSCO Delhi.

Research Areas

Refugee women and sexual violence, refugee women at risk, ethics of research with refugee communities, community development

Recent  Research Projects

Refugee women at risk: protection and integration in Australia
Eileen Pittaway, Richard Hugman and Linda Bartolomei, ARC Linkage Project LP0776591 (2007-2010) Australia is resettling a significant number of refugee women at risk from protracted refugee situations. Without an adequate body of theory to inform policy and service provision, service providers are struggling to cope with the additional needs of this group. Through consultations with refugee women and service providers, this research explored the experiences of refugee women at risk resettled to Australia, identified potential risk factors which may affect their ability to integrate successfully and developed a risk assessment and response tool to complement settlement service provision. The research will inform policy and service provision and contribute to a theoretical framework which will guide the process of refugee resettlement.

Building on strength to combat violence: Community based approaches to working with refugee families who are experiencing family, domestic violence and child protection problems
Eileen Pittaway and Linda Bartolomei, Australian National Committee on Refugee Women/Research Grant This project involves working with refugee communities across Australia to determine how they perceive the problems which they are experiencing and solutions which they suggest.  Models of service response are then developed and trailed with the communities.  AMES Victoria and Relationships Australia NSW are also partners in this project.

Beyond resettlement to sustainable solutions. Improving the protection of refugee women and girls at risk and other vulnerable groups– Trialling community involvement in the expanded use of the UNHCR Heightened Risk Assessment Tool – UNHCR Geneva/Jordan
Eileen Pittaway and Linda Bartolomei, Department of Immigration and Citizenship/Displaced Persons Program research grant. This project will develop and trial an innovative community based response to the protection of women and girls at risk. What is unique about the model is that it will draw on the knowledge, skills and capacity of the refugee population to enable them to them to plan and provide services for their own community. It will also evaluate the usefulness of the Heightened Risk Identification Tool in responding to the needs of vulnerable refugees.  It will be developed and implemented in partnership with The Community Development, Gender Equality and Children’s Services Section (CDGECS) and UNHCR Amman.  The project is based on the principles of human rights, community development and has a focus on livelihoods and sustainable outcomes. Jordan is the UNHCR preferred site for this trial. The model developed will include guidance notes and training materials so that it can be replicated in other refugee sites.

Survivors, Protectors Providers, Dialogues with Refugee and IDP Women and girls in 7 countries
As part of the UNHCR Commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the refugee convention, CRR has been commissioned by UNHCR Geneva to conduct consultations with Refugee and  IDP women and girls in India, Jordan, Colombia, Zambia, Uganda, Thailand and Finland, to determine their protection needs.  These will inform the pledges which the High Commissioner has asked governments to make at the High Level Ministerial meeting in December.  Eileen Pittaway and Linda Bartolomei will be working with refugee women to make presentations at UN meetings in June and December 2011 on this project. The results will inform a Book, “The Global Situation of Refugee Women and Girls”.

An International Conference to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention
In June 2011 Linda will co-host a large international conference, with Eileen Pittaway co-sponsored by UNHCR and the Refugee Council of Australia, DIAC and a number of other community based organisation.  This follows a very successful 50th anniversary conference also held at UNSW in 2001.  The outcomes of the conference will be taken directly to as series of UNHCR meeting in Geneva.  Interns from the Master of Social development and the Bachelor of Social Work will assist with the conference and attend the meetings in Geneva.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Refugee women and sexual violence, refugee women at risk, gender and community development, ethics of research with refugee communities,

Teaching

Teaching areas
Linda teaches into the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Development (MSD) programs. She also Coordinates the MSD. Social and Community Development, Refugees and Forced Migration, Internships in Social Development, Social Policy, International Social Development, Human Rights and Social Work, Issues in International Social development, International Community Education

Current teaching
SOCW4006 Social Policy 2
SOCW7851 Community Development
SOCW7885 Social Development Internship
SOCW7857 Refugees & Forced Migration
S OCW7883 Advocacy at the UN
SOCW7858 ISD Project
SOCW7885 Social Development Internship

Affiliation and Memberships

  • Deputy Director, Centre for Refugee Research at UNSW
  • Member, School Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, UNSW
  • Secretary, ANCORW Co-operative
  • Member, Australian Refugee Rights Alliance


Other Information

Linda’s advocacy, human rights and development related research and activities include:

  1. Since 2000 she has regularly participated in United Nations meetings of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and The Commission for the Status of Women in New York. In 2011 she was appointed as the official rapportuer for the UNHCR NGO Consultations held in Geneva in June.
  2. With Eileen Pittaway she has co-convened three major international refugee conferences in 2001, 2005 and 2011.
  3. She took an active role in the five and ten year reviews of the Beijing Platform for action attending the meetings in New York and presenting research findings related to the impacts and incidence of rape and sexual violence on refugee and conflict affected women.
  4. She participated in the 2000 Prepcom for the International Criminal Court in New York.
  5. Outcomes of her work with Eileen Pittaway for the project ‘Women at Risk in camps’ in Kenya and on the Thai Burma Border have been the generation of New International Law on the Protection of refugee women and girls, situational analysis and risk assessment tools. This includes the identification of compounded risk factors, and protection responses for women who have experienced multiple incidences of sexual and domestic violence in refugee situation, and who are in danger of further abuse.  They were called to use these tools in Sri Lanka, following the 2004 tsunami, when a high incidence of rape and sexual violence occurred in IDP camps and temporary shelters.
  6. Based on this experience, working with supportive governments in New York at the CSW meeting, they were able to draft and introduce a resolution addressing gender issues in the tsunami, ECOSOC Resolution number E/CN.6/2005/L.6 March 2005. It was adopted by consensus by all government.
  7. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 human rights documentation training, advocacy training and technical assistance was provided to the Women’s League of Burma and the Karen Women’s Organisation. This has assisted them to produce three books, Shattering Silences, Systems of Impunity, State of Terror and a number of published advocacy documents

Publications

    Books

    • Pittaway E;Eckert R;Bartolomei, LA, 2013, Improving responses to refugees with backgrounds of multiple trauma:Pointers for practitioners in domestic and family violence, sexual assault and settlement services, 1, Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse, University New South Wales, http://www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au/documents/PracticeMonograph_1_000.pdf
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Refugee Women at Risk - Assessment Tool and Response Mechanism, CRR/ANCORW
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2003, Seeking Hope Seeking Safety: Refugee Women at Risk, 1ST, ANCORW, SYDNEY
    • Bartolomei LA;Judd BH;Thompson SM;Corkery LF, 2003, A Bountiful Harvest: Community Gardens and Neighbourhood renewal in Waterloo, 1st, NSW Government, New South Wales
    • Bartolomei LA, (ed.), 2002, Power through Participation: A commonsense guide to working with Community groups., Original, ANCORW, Sydney

    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Pittaway EE;Bartolomei L;Doney G, 2016, 'The Glue that Binds: An exploration of the way resettled refugee communities define and experience social capital', Community Development Journal, vol. 51, pp. 401 - 418, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsv023
    • Bartolomei L;Hamidi M;Mohamed N;Ward K, 2016, 'Refugee Community Development in New Delhi', Forced Migration Review, pp. 48 - 50, http://www.fmreview.org/community-protection/bartolomei-hamidi-mohamud-ward.html
    • Lee JS;Bartolomei L;Pittaway E, 2016, 'Survey research with preliterate adult populations in post conflict situations using researcher-assisted self-completion questionnaires', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol. 19, pp. 717 - 730, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2015.1091236
    • Bartolomei L;Eckert R;Pittaway E, 2014, '"What happens there... follows us here": Resettled but still at risk: refugee women and girls in Australia', Refuge, vol. 30, pp. 45 - 56
    • Hugman R;Pittaway E;Bartolomei L, 2011, 'When 'do no harm' is not enough: The ethics of research with refugees and other vulnerable groups', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 41, pp. 1271 - 1287, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr013
    • Hugman R;Bartolomei L;Pittaway E, 2011, 'Human agency and the meaning of informed consent: Reflections on research with refugees', Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 24, pp. 655 - 671, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fer024
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei L;Hugman R, 2010, ''Stop Stealing Our Stories': The ethics of research with vulnerable groups', Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol. 2, pp. 229 - 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huq004
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei L;Rees S, 2007, 'Gendered dimensions of the 2004 tsunami and a potential social work response in post-disaster situations', International Social Work, vol. 50, pp. 307 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020872807076042
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei L;Rees S, 2007, 'Neglected issues and voices', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 19, pp. 69
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2006, 'A Lethal Combination', The Health Exchange, vol. May, pp. 8 - 11
    • Rees S;Pittaway E;Bartolomei L, 2005, 'Waves of violence - Women in post-tsunami Sri Lanka', Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, vol. 2005, pp. 19 - 27
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, 'We will not die because of Gender Again', SWIFT Social Work Information, Facts and Topics, vol. June 2005, pp. 18 - 20
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, 'Women at Risk Assessment and Response Training Kit', Training Kit produced for UNHCR, Geneva
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, '`Woman to Woman` - A Gender Sensitive Response to Tsunami Affected Women and Girls', Training Kit produced for UNFPA Sri Lanka
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, 'Kantha Halua - Training of Trainers Kit - Tsunami Disaster Response', Training Kit produced for UNFPA Sri Lanka
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, 'Refugee Women at Risk - Evaluating a Program', Sydney Papers, vol. 17, pp. 103 - 113
    • Hugman R;Bartolomei L;Pittaway E, 2004, 'It is part of your life until you die: Older refugees in Australia', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 23, pp. 147 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2004.00037.x
    • Bartolomei L;Pittaway E;Pittaway EE, 2003, 'Who Am I? Identity and citizenship in Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya', Development (Basingstoke), vol. 46, pp. 87 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10116370030463014
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2003, 'Where death is the only medicine - health risks', Health Exchange, vol. 1, pp. 10 - 13
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2002, 'The Silent Survivors Refugee Women, Violence and Human Rights', IHL Newsletter, vol. 8, pp. 10 - 11
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2002, 'Refugees, Race and Gender: the multiple discrimination against refugee women', Dialogue, vol. 21, pp. 16 - 25
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2001, 'Refugees, Race, and Gender: The Multiple Discrimination against Refugee Women', Refuge, vol. 19, pp. 21 - 32

    Conference Papers

    • Eckert R;Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA;Hugman R;Mitchell E, 2010, 'Surviving war but still at risk: the health needs of refugee women and girls at risk in regional Australia', in Surviving war but still at risk: the health needs of refugee women and girls at risk in regional Australia, Hobart, Hobart, 18 - 21 May 2010
    • Bartolomei LA;Eckert R;Pittaway E, 2009, 'What happens there follows us here’ – resettled but still at risk: refugee women and girls at risk in Australia”', in What happens there follows us here’ – resettled but still at risk: refugee women and girls at risk in Australia”, ational Refugee Conference: Looking Back and Moving Forward Together on Refugee Health and Wellbeing, Auckland, New Zealand, presented at ational Refugee Conference: Looking Back and Moving Forward Together on Refugee Health and Wellbeing, Auckland, New Zealand, 18 - 21 November 2009
    • Hugman R;Bartolomei L;Pittaway E, 2004, 'Older refugees - what are the special issues?', in AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. A10 - A10, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000208445000030&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Hugman R;Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2004, 'Older Refugees and the Family: Issues for Policy and Practice', in IFSW; IASSW; AASW; AASWWE (eds.), Global Social Work Congress 2004 - Reclaiming Civil Society, Global Social Work Congress 2004 - Reclaiming Civil Society, Adelaide, Sth Aust, pp. 83 - 83, presented at Global Social Work Congress 2004 - Reclaiming Civil Society, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 02 - 05 October 2004
    • Hugman R;Bartolomei LA;Pittaway E, 2002, 'Older Refugees in Australia: A Preliminary Study', in IFG/AAG World Congress, IFG/AAG World Congress, pp. 141 - 141, presented at IFG/AAG World Congress, 27 - 30 October 2002

    Reports

    Other

    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Leadership Training for Refugee Women, ANCORW

    Conference Presentations

    • Ward K;Bartolomei L, 2014, 'Beyond resettlement to solutions: A rights-based community protection model by refugees, for refugees', presented at Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, 09 July - 12 August 2014

    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Owning our Future - Refugee Women at Risk on the Thai Burma Border, Video
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Finding Solutions with Refugee Women at Risk, Video
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Reciprocal Research, Video
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Only Rape - Five Years of Activism with Refugee Women at Risk, Video
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Warehoused in the City - Refugee Women from Burma in New Delhi, Video
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Elizabeth, Video
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Refugee Women in Leadership Roles, Video
    • Pittaway E;Bartolomei LA, 2005, Hopes Fulfilled or Dreams Shattered, Video

Teaching

Lecturer/Subject coordinator

• Social and Community Development, Masters Course, UNSW Semester 1, 2003 - 2014

• Refugees and Forced Migration, Masters Course, UNSW Semester 2, 2006 -2014
Internships in Social Development

• Masters Project Supervision and assessment, Semester 2, 2005 -2014

• Social Policy 1 & 2, Undergraduate Social Work Program UNSW, 2007 - 2012

• International Social dev, Human Rights and Social Work 4th year elective, 2003

• Issues in International Social development, Masters Course, UNSW, Semester 1, 2002

• International Community Education, Masters Course, UNSW, Semester 2, 2002

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Domestic Violence and the refugee experience
Gender Empowerment and Dalit women in India
Gender and Rural Urban Migration in Cambodia

Honours and prizes

UNSW Community Engagement award, 2013

Affiliations and membership

Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Committee rep