Lisa Hartley is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University. Her interdisciplinary teaching and research is focused on questions of human rights and social change and is driven by a desire to bridge the gap between theory and practice. As a research active and teaching academic, the integration of community engagement, teaching, and scholarly research is germane to Lisa's academic life.
Lisa's research cuts across the fields of refugee and migrant studies, sociology, and community and social psychology. Her research interests include refugee resettlement issues; the rights of refugees and asylum seekers; and prejudice towards marginalised social groups and interventions to reduce prejudice. She is on the Editorial Board of Human Rights Education Review and the Management Committee of Australia Asia Pacific Institute.
Lisa has extensive community-based experience in casework and advocacy, particularly working with asylum seekers in immigration detention and refugees in the community. This includes engaging with Members of Parliament in relation to the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, writing government submissions and engaging with the media on this issue.