Dr Esther Alloun

Dr Esther Alloun

Senior Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy (2021) University of Wollongong

Master of Environmental Studies (2011) University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts, Political and Social Sciences (2008) Sciences-Po Paris

Medicine & Health
Centre for Primary Health Care & Equity

As an applied social researcher, I use qualitative methods to support health services in developing evidence-based action to tackle health inequalities. I also conduct research to evaluate the impact of implementation.

 

I work as a Health Equity Research Associate in the Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU), a partnership between the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW and the Sydney Local Health District. My research and teaching focuses on health equity, social determinants, barriers and enablers to health and wellbeing, and access to health care. I work collaboratively with health services and communities to explain causes of health inequities and develop evidence of effective actions to prevent and reduce inequities in health. As part of this work, I use a critical lens and my training in human geography to explore issues of power, inequalities, and belonging in diverse places. Ethnographic and narrative methods that attend to the ways people live and experience places are a central thread in my work. 

 

My research work at HERDU has a strong focus on outcomes that impact future policy and service models. For instance, our review of the equity-focused impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic informed recommendations to build resilience for future pandemic responses. These were submitted to the Federal inquiry into the pandemic. My work on new models of community-based peer education in social housing has also been commended for healthcare innovation and excellence. 

 

Location
AGSM Building - Level 3 (Room 343)
  • Book Chapters | 2014
    Alexander S; Alloun E, 2014, 'Transition Towns', in Alexander S; McLeod A (ed.), Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future, The Simplicity Institute, Melbourne, pp. 203 - 210
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Alloun E; Cook N, 2023, 'Actually existing intersectionality: The place-based and embodied politics of animal and human rights activism', Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, pp. 251484862311596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/25148486231159626
    Journal articles | 2023
    Alloun E, 2023, 'Gone to the Dogs', Feral Feminisms, pp. 29 - 35, https://feralfeminisms.com/gone-to-the-dogs-spoken-word/
    Journal articles | 2023
    Haigh F; Alloun E; Standen C; Olliek M; Wise M, 2023, 'An equity-focused health impact assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated response', Population Medicine, 5, pp. 547 - 547, http://dx.doi.org/10.18332/popmed/163941
    Journal articles | 2023
    Yashadhana A; Alloun E; Serova N; de Leeuw E; Mengesha Z, 2023, 'Place-making and its impact on health and wellbeing among recently resettled refugees in high income contexts: A scoping review', Health and Place, 81, pp. 103003, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103003
    Journal articles | 2022
    Mengesha Z; Alloun E; Weber D; Smith M; Harris P, 2022, '“Lived the Pandemic Twice”: A Scoping Review of the Unequal Impact of the COVID‐19 Pandemic on Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, pp. 6624, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116624
    Journal articles | 2021
    Alloun E, 2021, '[Review] Penny Johnson. Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine. Melville House Publishing, 2019', Animal Studies Journal, 10, pp. 273 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.14453/asj.v10i1.11
    Journal articles | 2020
    Alloun E, 2020, 'Veganwashing Israel’s Dirty Laundry? Animal Politics and Nationalism in Palestine-Israel', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 41, pp. 24 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2019.1617254
    Journal articles | 2018
    Alloun E, 2018, 'That’s the beauty of it, it’s very simple!’ animal rights and settler colonialism in Palestine-Israel', Settler Colonial Studies, 8, pp. 559 - 574, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2201473X.2017.1414138
    Journal articles | 2015
    Alloun E, 2015, 'Ecofeminism and animal advocacy in Australia: Productive encounters for an integrative ethics and politics', Animal Studies Journal, 4, pp. 148 - 173, https://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol4/iss1/9
  • Working Papers | 2022
    Alloun E, 2022, Investigating Strength Based Approaches, http://dx.doi.org
    Working Papers | 2015
    Alloun E; Paschen J-A; Beilin R, 2015, Working with risk and resilience - perspectives on the concepts, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, http://dx.doi.org
    Working Papers | 2015
    Paschen J-A; Alloun E; Beilin R, 2015, Working with risk and resilience in theory and practice: experiences from bushfire management in Victoria, Australia, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, http://dx.doi.org
    Working Papers | 2014
    Alloun E; Alexander S, 2014, The Transition movement: Questions of diversity, power and affluence, Melbourne, 14g, http://dx.doi.org, http://simplicityinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/TransitionMovement.pdf
  • Conference Presentations | 2023
    Alloun E; Brown S, 2023, 'Waterloo Peer Education Program: lessons learnt from implementation of a peer education program in Sydney', presented at 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care, 13 November 2023
    Conference Presentations | 2023
    Alloun E; Haigh F; Standen C, 2023, 'Equity infrastructure: understanding a local health service's equity focused response to a crisis', presented at Public Health Association of Australia Conference, 26 September 2023
    Conference Presentations | 2023
    Alloun E; Haigh F, 2023, 'Equity infrastructures and ​just health care in pandemic times​: a case study from NSW', presented at CARE INFRASTRUCTURES IN UNEQUAL WORLDS SYMPOSIUM 2023, 22 June 2023
    Conference Presentations | 2023
    Alloun E; O'Callaghan C; Haigh F, 2023, 'Investing in community based peer educators: engaging, enabling and influencing', presented at Public Health Association of Australia Conference, 26 September 2023
    Conference Presentations | 2023
    Alloun E, 2023, 'Enduring crisis and resilience in Australian health care work: what can a critical lens tell us?​', presented at Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Congress, Online, 19 April 2023
    Conference Presentations | 2023
    Alloun E, 2023, 'Intersectionality and multispecies justice in conflict​', presented at MANCEPT Workshop, The University of Manchester and online, 11 September 2023
    Conference Presentations | 2023
    Alloun E, 2023, 'Intersectionality in conflict: the affective geographies, politics, and practices of shared struggles', presented at Australasian Animal Studies Conference, 27 November 2023
    Reports | 2023
    Haigh F; Alloun E; Standen C; Olliek M; Page J; Wise M; Page J; Wise M, 2023, An Equity-Focused Health Impact Assessment of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sydney Local Health District: Technical Report., http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28736, https://www.unsw.edu.au/content/dam/images/medicine-health/cphce/websites/2323-02-cphce-website/10_2023%20HERDU_EFHIA_COVID_Technical_Final%202023.pdf
    Reports | 2023
    Haigh F; Alloun E; Standen C; Olliek M; Page J; Wise M; Page J, 2023, Equity-focused health impact assessment (EFHIA) of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sydney Local Health District (SLHD): Summary Report, SLHD and UNSW, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28735, https://www.unsw.edu.au/content/dam/images/medicine-health/cphce/websites/2323-02-cphce-website/10_2023%20HERDU%20EFHIA%20COVID%20Summary.pdf
    Conference Presentations | 2023
    Haigh F; Alloun E; Standen C; Olliek M; Page J; Wise M, 2023, 'Sustainability and resilient equity infrastructure: understanding a local health service’s equity focused response to a crisis', presented at 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care, Sydney, 13 November 2023 - 15 November 2023
    Reports | 2023
    Haigh F; Alloun E; Standen C; Olliek M; Page J; Wise M, 2023, An equity-focused health impact assessment of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sydney Local Health District. Supplementary Material., SLHD and UNSW, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28734, https://www.unsw.edu.au/content/dam/images/medicine-health/cphce/websites/2323-02-cphce-website/10_2023%20HERDU_EFHIA_COVID_Supplementary%20Material_Final%202023.pdf
    Conference Abstracts | 2023
    Haigh F; Alloun E; Standen C; Olliek M; Wise M, 2023, 'An equity-focused health impact assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated response', in Population Medicine, Vol. 5, pp. 547 - 547, http://dx.doi.org/10.18332/popmed/163941
    Reports | 2023
    Haigh F; Alloun E; Standen C; Wise M, 2023, Submission COVID-19 Response Inquiry, UNSW and SLHD, Sydney
    Conference Presentations | 2022
    Alloun E; Drysdale K; Green J; Haigh F, 2022, 'Enduring crisis and resilience in health care work: the affective lives of a pandemic', presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, 01 December 2022
    Creative Written Works | 2022
    Alloun E, 2022, Gone to the dogs (slam poetry and statement)
    Conference Presentations | 2022
    Alloun E, 2022, 'Refugee place-making in high-income resettlement countries: What contributes to health and wellbeing?', presented at CPHCE Annual Forum, 30 August 2022, https://www.unsw.edu.au/research/cphce/news-events/events/cphce-annual-forum-2022
    Theses / Dissertations | 2021
    Alloun E, 2021, The politics of ‘actually existing intersectionality’: animal and human rights activism in Israel-Palestine
    Reports | 2014
    Paschen J-A; Beilin R; Alloun E, 2014, Defining bushfire risk and resilience in the everyday landscape: knowledge, communication and practice, Melbourne

2023- Highly Commended. "Health and Wellbeing Social Housing Peer Education Program".  Innovation and Excellence Award, Sydney Local Health District.

2023- Highly Commended. "Equity-Focused Health Impact Assessment of the COVID-19 Pandemic". Innovation and Excellence Award, Sydney Local Health District.

2022 - Professor Jim Hagan Memorial Prize for best PhD thesis completed in Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong

2021 - Two commendations for outstanding doctoral thesis, University of Wollongong

2017 - Winner, Global Challenges Program's 'PhD Travel Scholarship Video Challenge'

2010 - Graduate Study Award, Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne

 

My Teaching

PHCM 9626 Inequalities, Inequities and Health