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Alexia Simpson


Alexia Simpson

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Development Studies

"I chose Development Studies as it was well suited to my interests of working in developing countries."

In her third year of University, Alexia secured an Arts Internship at World Wide Project Management Services, an Adelaide-based organisation that specialises in international development. In this role she undertook a research project analysing issues of ownership and aid effectiveness and produced a document that was geared towards policy makers and practitioners outlining current issues and recommendations.

"At the end of my third year I applied for and was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship to work as a research assistant for the Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, Dr. Andrew Rosser. We compiled a policy brief based on his current research (ownership and aid effectiveness), which was subsequently submitted to the Murdoch University Asia Research Centre and was published online as part of their Policy Brief series."

"My Honours dissertation in 2009 analysed the issue of rebuilding governance in fragile states, using Afghanistan as my case study, for which I received a First Class result."

Alexia is employed by the Australian Refugee Association (ARA), where she works in community development. Her role of Project Officer has her working across three different programs, where she provide case management, advocacy, support and practical assistance to refugee and migrant families to help increase their access to services and their independent living capacity.

"I work with people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, including from Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, and South and North America, and have gained a deeper understanding of their issues, including war and conflict, governance, political injustice, discrimination, and social and economic development."

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