Dr Caroline Lenette

Senior Lecturer
School of Social Sciences, Forced Migration Research Network


Room G18, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Mental Health, Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Policy Studies, Migrant Cultural Studies


Caroline Lenette is a Senior Lecturer of Social Research and Policy in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She is affiliated with the Forced Migration Research Network (FMRN@UNSW).

Caroline’s research focuses on refugee and asylum seeker mental health and wellbeing, forced migration and resettlement, and arts-based research in health, particularly visual ethnography. She is currently working on an Australian Research Council funded project on settlement services for Women-at-Risk in Brisbane with colleagues from the Queensland University of Technology and a community-based settlement organisation. She also works with a multidisciplinary team at UNSW to look at the ethics of visual-based research using methods like digital storytelling. 

Caroline was awarded a University Medal (Bachelor of Human Services) from Griffith University in 2003 and was the valedictorian. She was also shortlisted for the FASS Dean’s Research Award for Achievement as ECR (2016).

Recent research grants

  1. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage 2014: Developing Best Practice for Settlement Services for Refugee Women-at-Risk (QUT, $225,000).
  2. Australian National Commission for UNESCO grant 2018: Changing lives one degree at a time: Refugee students' digital narratives of higher education experiences ($12,000).
  3. UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme Cross-Faculty collaboration (del Favero): 3D Virtual prototyping system ($120,000).
  4. UNSW Collaborative Research Scheme Grant 2015 ($8,000) & 2016 ($3,000).
  5. UNSW School of Social Sciences Grants 2015 ($5,000 + $5800 + $1,800) and Conference grant.
  6. Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation (QCSSI) Grant 2013: Best Practice in Settlement Services for Refugee Women-at-Risk (QUT, $22,000). 


  1. 2017 European Union – Durham University Co-fund International Senior Research Fellowship in Research and EnterpriseCentre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK.
  2. 2014 Endeavour Executive Fellowship ($19,500) – Visiting Scholar: Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

Current teaching

  • SRAP3002 Social Science and Policy Project
  • SRAP5101 Research Methods
  • SRAP5102 Project Design
  • SRAP5103 Research Report

Affiliation: Forced Migration Research Network (FMRN), UNSW; Kaldor Centre Emerging Scholars Network, UNSW; Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW.


    Book Chapters

    • Lenette CD, 2018, 'Mental health and critical multicultural practice: An arts-based approach', in Nipperess S; Williams C (ed.), Critical Multicultural Practice: New perspectives in Australian social work
    • Sunderland N;Istvandity L;Lakhani A;Lenette CD, 2018, 'Community Music Research and Evaluation Through a Social Determinants Lens', in Sunderland N; Bendrups D; Bartleet B-L; Lewandowski N (ed.), Music, health and wellbeing: Exploring music for health equity and social justice, Springer, https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/978-1-349-95284-7_7
    • Lenette CD, 2018, 'Visual depictions of refugee camps: (de)constructing notions of refugee-ness?', in Liamputtong P (ed.), Doing Cross-Cultural Research in Health Social Sciences
    • Lenette CD;Procopis B;Caballero P, 2018, ''They’d just flown away’: reflections on shifting gender norms in the context of engagement with asylum seekers and refugees through community music.', in Shevellar L; Westoby P (ed.), Research Companion to Community Development
    • Lenette CD, 2017, 'Using digital storytelling in participatory research with refugee women.', in Research Methods Cases SAGE Methods Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526411273

    Journal articles

    • Lenette CD;Brough M;Schweitzer R;Correa-Velez I;Murray K;Vromans L, 2019, ''Better than a pill': Digital story telling as a narrative process for refugee women', Journal of Media Practice
    • Lenette C;Botfield JR;Boydell K;Haire B;Newman CE;Zwi AB, 2018, 'Beyond Compliance Checking: A Situated Approach to Visual Research Ethics', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11673-018-9850-0
    • Vromans L;Schweitzer R;Farrell L;Correa-Velez I;Brough M;Murray K;Lenette C, 2018, '"Her Cry is My Cry": Resettlement Experiences of Refugee Women-at-Risk Recently Resettled in Australia', Public Health
    • Lenette C;Miskovic N, 2018, '‘Some viewers may find the following images disturbing’: Visual representations of refugee deaths at border crossings', Crime, Media, Culture, vol. 14, pp. 111 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741659016672716
    • Blomfield I;Lenette C, 2018, 'Artistic representations of refugees: What is the role of the artist?', Journal of Intercultural Studies
    • Yeung J;Lenette C, 2018, 'Stranded at Sea: Photographic Representations of the Rohingya in the 2015 Bay of Bengal Crisis', The Qualitative Report
    • Hall S;Lenette C;Murray S;Chan C;Flannery A;Vickery K, 2018, '#LetThemStay: Visual representations of protests and community mobilization for asylum seekers in Australia', Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, vol. 7, pp. 38 - 55
    • Lenette C, 2018, 'Access to higher education: understanding global inequalities', HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, vol. 37, pp. 224 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2018.1403414
    • Lenette CD, 2018, 'Political cartoons and host nations’ public dispositions towards integration', Peace and Conflict: journal of peace psychology
    • Botfield JR;Newman CE;Lenette C;Albury K;Zwi AB, 2017, 'Using digital storytelling to promote the sexual health and well-being of migrant and refugee young people: A scoping review', Health Education Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896917745568
    • Curry O;Smedley C;Lenette C, 2017, 'What Is “Successful” Resettlement? Refugee Narratives From Regional New South Wales in Australia', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2017.1358410
    • Wright C;Lenette C;Lewis-Driver S;Larmar S, 2017, 'The revised 'Common Time' program as a strategy for student engagement and retention at university. A Practice Report', STUDENT SUCCESS, vol. 8, pp. 79 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ssj.v8i1.354
    • de Jager A;Fogarty A;Tewson A;Lenette C;Boydell KM, 2017, 'Digital storytelling in research: A systematic review', Qualitative Report, vol. 22, pp. 2548 - 2582
    • Vromans L;Schweitzer RD;Brough M;Correa-Velez I;Murray K;Lenette C, 2017, 'Contributions of Loss Events to Loss Distress and Trauma Symptoms in Recently Resettled Refugee Women at Risk', Journal of Loss and Trauma, vol. 22, pp. 357 - 370, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2017.1296302
    • Cooper S;Olejniczak E;Lenette C;Smedley C, 2017, 'Media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers in regional Australia: A critical discourse analysis', Media International Australia, vol. 162, pp. 78 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878X16667832
    • Lenette CD;Karan P;Chrysostomou D;Athanasopoulos A, 2017, 'What is it like living in detention? Insights from asylum seeker children’s drawings', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2017.1314805
    • Sunderland N;Graham P;Lenette C, 2016, 'Epistemic communities: Extending the social justice outcomes of community music for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia', International Journal of Community Music, vol. 9, pp. 223 - 241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.9.3.223_1
    • Laney HM;Lenette C;Kellett AN;Smedley C;Karan P, 2016, 'The most brutal immigration regime in the developed world":1 International Media Responses to Australia's Asylum-Seeker Policy', Refuge, vol. 32, pp. 135 - 149
    • Jops P;Lenette C;Breckenridge J, 2016, 'A context of risk: Uncovering the lived experiences of chin refugee women negotiating a livelihood in Delhi', Refuge, vol. 32, pp. 84 - 94
    • Lenette C, 2016, 'University students from refugee backgrounds: why should we care?', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 35, pp. 1311 - 1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1190524
    • Weston D;Lenette C, 2016, 'Performing freedom: The role of music-making in creating a community in asylum seeker detention centres', International Journal of Community Music, vol. 9, pp. 121 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.9.2.121_1
    • Cooper S;Olejniczak E;Lenette CD;Smedley C, 2016, 'Media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers in regional Australian press: A critical discourse analysis.', Media International Australia, pp. 1 - 12
    • Lenette CD;Cleland S, 2016, 'Changing faces: Visual representations of asylum seekers in times of crisis.', Creative Approaches to Research, vol. 9, pp. 68 - 83, http://creativeapproachestoresearch.net/wp-content/uploads/CAR9_1_Lenette_Cleland.pdf
    • Lenette C, 2016, 'Writing with light: An iconographic-iconologic approach to refugee photography', Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, vol. 17
    • Lenette C;Sunderland N, 2016, '“Will there be music for us?” Mapping the health and well-being potential of participatory music practice with asylum seekers and refugees across contexts of conflict and refuge', Arts and Health, vol. 8, pp. 32 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2014.961943
    • Lenette CD;Procopis B, 2016, '‘They change us’: The social and emotional impacts on music facilitators of engaging in music and singing with asylum seekers.', Music and Arts in Action, vol. 5, pp. 55 - 68, http://musicandartsinaction.net/index.php/maia/article/view/theychangeus
    • Lenette C;Weston D;Wise P;Sunderland N;Bristed H, 2016, 'Where words fail, music speaks: the impact of participatory music on the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers', Arts and Health, vol. 8, pp. 125 - 139, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2015.1037317
    • Sawrikar P;Lenette C;McDonald D;Fowler J, 2015, 'Don’t Silence “the Dinosaurs”: Keeping Caution Alive With Regard to Social Work Distance Education', Journal of Teaching in Social Work, vol. 35, pp. 343 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2015.1068262
    • Sunderland N;Istvandity L;Lakhani A;Lenette CD;Procopis B;Caballero P, 2015, ''They [do more than] interrupt us from sadness': Exploring the impact of participatory music making on social determinants of health and wellbeing for refugees in Australia.', Health, Culture and Society, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/hcs.2015.195
    • Lenette C;Cox L;Brough M, 2015, 'Digital storytelling as a social work tool: Learning from ethnographic research with women from refugee backgrounds', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 45, pp. 988 - 1005, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bct184
    • Lenette C;Ingamells A, 2015, 'Mind the Gap! The growing chasm between funding-driven agencies, and social and community knowledge and practice', Community Development Journal, vol. 50, pp. 88 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsu024
    • Lenette C, 2014, 'Teaching cultural diversity in first year human services and social work: The impetus for embedding a cultural safety framework. A Practice Report', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE FIRST YEAR IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 5, pp. 117 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/intjfyhe.v5i1.196
    • Lenette C, 2014, ''I am a widow, mother and refugee': Narratives of two refugee widows resettled to Australia', Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 27, pp. 403 - 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fet045
    • Lenette C;McDonald D;Fowler JL, 2014, ''Newstart' or 'Stop-Start'? The implications of recent welfare reforms on undergraduate students who are sole parents', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 33, pp. 627 - 630, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2014.881767
    • Lenette C;Sunderland N, 2014, '“Will there be music for us?” Mapping the health and well-being potential of participatory music practice with asylum seekers and refugees across contexts of conflict and refuge', Arts and Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2014.961943
    • Lenette C, 2013, 'Refugee women: beyond gender versus culture', GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, vol. 20, pp. 553 - 554, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.795724
    • Lenette C, 2013, 'Mistrust and refugee women who are lone parents in resettlement contexts', Qualitative Social Work, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473325013517924
    • Lenette C;Ingamells, 2013, '‘From ‘chopping up chicken’ to ‘cap and gown’: A university initiative to increase migrant and refugee pathways to employment', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education
    • Lenette C;Brough M;Cox L, 2013, 'Everyday resilience: Narratives of single refugee women with children', Qualitative Social Work, vol. 12, pp. 637 - 653, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473325012449684
    • Lenette C;Boddy J, 2013, 'Visual ethnography and refugee women: Nuanced understandings of lived experiences', Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 13, pp. 72 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14439881311314621


    Theses / Dissertations

    • Jops PT, 2017, Negotiating Survival: Uncovering the Lived Experiences of Chin Refugee Women in Delhi, India who Engage in Risky Livelihoods

    Conference Presentations

    • Lenette CD;Schweitzer R;Brough M;Murray K;Correa-Velez I, 2016, 'Digital narratives: A transformative storytelling process for refugee women in Australia', presented at Contemporary Ethnography Across Disciplines, South Africa, 16 - 18 November 2016
    • Botfield J;Newman CE;Lenette C;Albury K;Zwi A, 2016, 'Using digital storytelling to promote healthy relationships and sexual health among young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia: A scoping review', presented at Youth, Health and Practical Justice: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Sydney, 04 - 05 December 2016
    • Sunderland N;Isvandity L;Lakhani A;Lenette CD, 2015, 'They [do more than] Interrupt us from Sadness: Exploring the impact of participatory music making on social determinants of health and wellbeing for refugees in Australia', presented at Conference in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology of Music, Spain, 01 - 03 July 2015
    • Lenette CD;Ingamells A, 2012, 'Migrant and refugee pathways to employment: a university initiative', presented at AASWWE Symposium, Celebrating Diversity: navigating the challenges of inclusivity, 27 - 28 September 2012
    • Lenette CD, 2012, 'The everyday resilience of refugee women', presented at Australian Anthropological Society conference, 25 - 28 September 2012
    • Lenette CD, 2011, 'Narratives of widowhood among refugee women.', presented at Social Participation: Knowledge, Policy and Practice, 28 - 29 November 2011

    Creative Written Works

    • Lenette CD, 2012, From this time forward I pledge., Griffith Review 36: What Is Australia For? Some provocations.
    • Lenette C, 2012, The dishes can wait: a young mother’s reflection post-PhD, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, Healy K, (ed.)

    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

    • Sunderland N;Lenette CD;Bartleet B-L, 2015, Health and wellbeing outcomes of participatory music for asylum seekers and refugees., Editor(s): Monsour L
    • Sunderland N;Lenette C;Bartleet BL, 2014, The Scattered People: Exploratory research partnerships on music and wellbeing for asylum seekers., Editor(s): Monsour L


  • SRAP3002 Social Science and Policy Project
  • SRAP5101 Research Methods
  • SRAP5102 Project Design
  • SRAP5103 Research Report

Honours and prizes

2017 European Union - Durham University Co-fund International Senior Research Fellowship in Research and Enterprise: Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK.

2014 Endeavour Executive Fellowship ($19,500) – Visiting Scholar: Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

Shortlisted - FASS Dean’s Research Award for Achievement as ECR (2016) 

Griffith Health Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Teaching (2011)

Bachelor of Human Services Medallist, Griffith University (2003)

Professional contribution

  • Australian NGO delegate, UNHCR-NGO annual consultations, Geneva (2016)

Affiliations and membership

Forced Migration Research Network, UNSW

Kaldor Centre Emerging Scholars Network, UNSW

Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

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Other information

Supervision - PhD: 1. Mr Oscar Curry (2018, Co-Principal): Domestic migration of refugee populations in Australia. 2. Ms Amelia Wheeler (2015, Joint): Bringing the child’s perspective into family dispute resolution: a critical analysis of policy and legislation related to Australian post-separation family dispute resolution practices. 3. Ms Geneve O'Connor (2018, Co-Principal): Neoliberal appropriation of community development and young refugee women aged 15-25. 4. Ms Zoe Bell (2018, co-Supervisor): Regional responses to asylum seekers. Masters: Ms Catherine Clark (2018): Enabling Pathways for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Higher Education. Ms Grace Thomas: Women’s narratives and the #MeToo movement.

Completions - PhD: Dr R. Jurczyczyn (Associate): Higher education and young people in care (2014); Dr Paula Jops (Secondary): Negotiating Survival: Experiences of Urban Refugee Women in Delhi, India Who Engage in "Risky" Livelihoods (2017). Ms Annabel Dulhunty (Co-Principal): Gender and Development: Worth the Hype for the most marginalised? The impact on lower caste women in West Bengal, India. Honours: Mr Luke Upton (2015): Evidence-based refugee policy; Ms Hannah Zeb (2016): Visual representations of asylum seekers and terrorism. Ms Rachel Lui (2017): Narrative therapy and trauma among refugee women.