Ms/Mr Sandra Gendera
Senior Research Officer

Ms/Mr Sandra Gendera

BA, MPhil (Master of Philosophy) University of Vienna

Arts,Design & Architecture
Social Policy Research Centre

Sandra Gendera (BA, MPhil) is a Senior Researcher at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) and the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH). Her research spans 17 years at UNSW and international organisations. Sandra's background is in social and cultural anthropology, and her work takes a person-centered approach. Through qualitative in-depth methodologies she explores the intersection of social, relational, economic, policy and cultural aspects that shape people's experiences of health, disability, drug and alcohol support, and the services they use. Sandra is experienced in the design of methodologies building community research capacity and undertakes mixed method program evaluation for state and federal government and NGOs.

+61 2 9385 7642
208 Goodsell Building

  • Dean's Social Impact Award, 2015, Specialist Supported Living Services - Post Implementation Review (team submission)
  • Dean’s Social Impact Research Award 2013, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW, for Independent Evaluation of headspace, 2009 (team submission)
  • Gabriele Possanner Prize, 2008, $7,000 Bi-annual award by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research for outstanding research promoting gender equality based on Master of Philosophy thesis 2007.
  • Upper-Austrian Labour Union Research Award, 2008, $5,500 outstanding research based on Master of Philosophy thesis 2007 on the topic ‘Challenges in the Austrian Health System’
  • Dr Maria Schaumayer Foundation Award for exceptional research based on Master of Philosophy thesis 2007.

Disability research and social policy research into health and mental health 

Social research into health and drug use

Migration networks and citizenship rights of precarious workers in domestic care provision and sex work.