I am currently an Honorary Associate Fellow and teaching and learning online coordinator at The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong. Before this I worked as a Research Associate on an Office for Learning and Teaching Project, Classroom of Many Cultures. My role in that project was to co-create teaching materials with international partners and students that are part of Macquarie University’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) initiative. In 2015 I completed a doctoral degree in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. My PhD research critically examined the post-colonial practice of international service‑learning and the foundational concept of reciprocity by focusing on the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous community based organizations in theNorthern Territory Australia, and Sabah, Borneo. Prior to commencing a PhD, I completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management majoring in Human Geography (2008) and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Human Geography in 2009. My Honours research focused on volunteering for international development. My recent research focuses on building a feminist ethics of care and reciprocity in the context of international service learning relationships and in centering the knowledges, experiences and expertise of community based partners in service learning research, education and practice.
Laura Hammersley (PhD)
I acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which I work and live – the Dharawal speaking peoples of the Yuin Nation – and pay my respects to Elders past, present and future.