D.Phil. University of Glasgow and University of New South Wales 2019
B. Social Research and Policy (with a major in Politics and International Relations) – First Class Honors and the University Medal, University of New South Wales 2009-2012
Georgia is a political sociologist specialising in international social policy, politics, disablement, and social justice. Her research explores global transformations in welfare governance, with a particular focus on processes of marketisation, the commodification of social care, and the growing impact of data analytics and algorithmic decision-making in the public sector. Much of her work to date has centred on the changing nature of disability welfare and social reproduction more generally under neoliberalism, notably in the contexts of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Georgia currently teaches social policy in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. She is also an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, where she studies the social justice implications of, and grassroots political responses to, increasing government uses of algorithmic data systems. In 2023 Georgia was awarded a research fellowship at the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University, where she undertook participatory research into the ways automated systems can be recognised, resisted, and reoriented to promote disability justice.
Georgia is the author of The New Political Economy of Disability and has published articles in academic journals such as Critical Social Policy, Environment and Planning A: Economy & Space, Disability and Society, and New Media and Society.
Data Justice Lab Fellowship
Cardiff University, United Kingdom
June - August 2023
Amount allocated: £3000
This project is focused on the public sector's use of automated decision making systems and how these can be influenced, resisted, and reoriented to promote disability justice. The project involves a participatory research workshop that explores how people with disability and their representative organisations understand the potential benefits and risks associated with public sector ADM, and aims to map out new research agendas that draw on and advance civil society responses to its social impacts.
NDIS Workforce Research (CI)
Funding bodies: Health Services Union, Australian Services Union (ASU) and United Workers Union (UWU)
February 2020 – May 2020
Amount allocated: $33,000
This project explores the status of the workforce delivering disability services in the context of the NDIS in early 2020. In partnership with the three unions, the research team will develop a survey and capture information from disability workers about their characteristics, the nature of their work and job quality, their experiences and perceptions of delivering services and supports to people with disability, health and safety, and other workforce issues. The findings will provide a current profile of the disability workforce to provide a basis for evidence-informed policy development and advocacy and inform public debate and directions for further research.
Dean's Prize for Research (Society) Impact Award (2014)
Australian Post-graduate Award, 2013-2017
Research Excellence Award 2013-2015
U21 Joint PhD Research Scholarship, 2013
University Medal (Social Research and Policy Hons 2012)
My Research Supervision
Molly Saunders, SPRC
SOSS2005 Policy and Politics
SOSS3003 Policy Analysis
SRAP5004 Policy, Accountability and governance