Inclusive and Quantitative: Exploring Possibilities for Research Practice

When:27 Jun 2019, 10am - 12pm
Venue:Room 221-223, Level 2 John Goodsell Building (F20), Gate 8 High Street, Kensington NSW 2033
Who:Dr Allie Carter, Professor Ilan Katz
DIIU Seminar Series

Proudly presented by the Disability Innovation Institute UNSW

Quantitative research has a long history of exclusion. It is also critiqued for failing to produce rich, contextualized, and compassionate understandings of people’s lives. But quantitative science can help us in our efforts to expose and challenge how inequalities are created and sustained. The question is not so much if to use it, but how. This presentation will describe an inclusive approach to researching sexuality quantitatively by, with, and for women living with HIV based on 8+ years’ experience coordinating Canada’s largest longitudinal cohort study promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights for women living with HIV. Drawing on the lessons learnt from undertaking this work, this presentation will offer reflections for others interested in using quantitative methods but wondering how they could be implemented in more inclusive and empowering ways.

Professor Ilan Katz will respond to the issues raised in the presentation, drawing on his extensive experience undertaking quantitative research with vulnerable populations followed by discussion exploring applicability for inclusive disability research practice.


Dr. Allie Carter is a Lecturer in Sexual Health at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. Her research combines feminist theories with quantitative science to bring attention to the social, cultural, and political issues related to sexual health. She is involved with a number of inclusive research projects about sexual and reproductive health that involve the collection and analysis of quantitative data for social change in Canada, Australia, and the United States, particularly with communities that are less well-represented in research. Digital activism involving social justice, science, and health has become an important feature of her work. She is the author of the blog and in 2018, she co-founded which aims to give women living with HIV around the world greater power and a voice in discussions about sexuality.


Professor Ilan Katz joined the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney in 2005 and was its Director from 2005-2011. Professor Katz has led a large number of research projects on a wide range of social policy issues, specialising in mixed method evaluations of policies and programs. His research interests include evaluations of complex interventions; the interface between research, policy and practice; child protection systems; children in out of home care; international comparison of welfare systems; disability; Indigenous social policy; social inclusion and social capital; youth mental health; technology and youth participation, migration and asylum; race and ethnicity; social policy in developing countries; early intervention, support for veterans and homelessness.

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