Meredith Nash is Professor and Associate Dean – Community in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. She previously served as the Australian Antarctic Division’s Senior Advisor on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. She is a cultural sociologist and her work broadly captures the lived and multifaceted experiences of people at the crossroads of oppressed identities and social positions/locations. It is firmly grounded in a social justice agenda that engages key community stakeholders to enable social change. Throughout her career, Meredith has employed intersectionality as a theoretical lens, research method, and analytic strategy. Her current projects focus on inclusion, diversity, and equity in STEMM fields and in remote polar fieldwork specifically. She led the first study of gendered barriers in Australian Antarctic fieldwork. Meredith is also an accredited executive coach who specialises in developing the talent of early-career researchers.
Research projects / interests:
- Leadership for women in STEMM
- STEMM institutional equity initiatives/awards (e.g. Athen SWAN)
- Inclusion in remote polar fieldwork
- The role of the social sciences in Antarctic Studies
- Critical qualitative and visual methods, ethnography
Keywords: Antarctica, Antarctic studies, Arctic, cultural studies, diversity, equity, ethnography, fieldwork, gender, inclusion, intersectionality, polar, qualitative, sociology, structural change