Passionate about sharing the insights of up-close participatory social research
The Social Context team brings to you a wealth of expertise and broad experience in human and social science research. We also bring a deep passion for uncovering social and cultural insights through up-close participatory research methods. We help you get close to the people you need to understand.
The Social Context Team
Tim Pilbrow, PhD
Tim has a passion for helping organisations and communities deepen their self-awareness so they can make better decisions and improve their systems and services. He has degrees in anthropology (PhD, New York University), Slavic languages and linguistics (BA Honours, Monash University) and industry training in User Experience research and design (UX). Tim is a fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society and a Professional Member of the American Anthropological Association. Alongside his qualitative research practice, Tim has acquired skills in facilitating group decision-making, through training in Transformative Mediation and the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy.
Tim has long been fascinated by the social and cultural processes through which people in communities define, share and dispute aspects of their group identities. For his PhD he undertook ethnographic research in post-socialist Bulgaria on the transformation of educational practice and re-negotiation of cultural identity narratives under rapid social change. He has also undertaken considerable applied ethnographic research documenting Victorian Aboriginal communities’ cultural resilience to help them achieve practical settlements of their native title interests.
Luki studied South East Asian anthropology at Charles Darwin University and received a Masters in Indonesian Gender Studies (2003) after conducting intensive ethnographic research in Indonesia. She also holds a Diploma In Community Services Work (2017).
Luki has worked for internationally funded community development projects in the Indonesian province of West Nusa Tenggara (2004 to 2013) including educational skills programs for women, micro finance and craft development programs for women in isolated areas, and porcelain design projects in West Sumbawa. She also implemented teacher training programs at two schools in Lombok.
In conjunction with the University of Mataram, Lombok, she designed a cultural immersion program (Indonesian Language, Culture, Religion) for Australian government employees (AFP / Border Control) selected for service in Indonesia.
Suzi Hutchings, PhD
Suzi is a Social Anthropologist (PhD, U Adelaide) and member of the Central Arrernte Nation. Her research career spans academic and applied research on the social impact of criminal justice and welfare interventions on Indigenous youth and families; defining community and country in native title claims; and how Indigenous and minority groups in Australia and the USA use Hip Hop music, art and performance to maintain and express cultural identities.
Suzi is an Associate Professor at RMIT University, where she teaches Indigenous Studies, Indigenous policy and policy design. She also produces and presents “Crossing Tracks” on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM.
Hannah trained in anthropology at La Trobe University, receiving First Class Honours. Her experience in research, policy and program delivery in community, government, and organisational settings includes roles in Aboriginal community and Country contexts. Drawing from this experience, Hannah brings a grounded understanding of how social context impacts decision-making and action.
Daisy trained in anthropology, psychology and Italian at the University of Melbourne, completing an Honours thesis in anthropology. She also has training in health care design (RMIT). Daisy is drawn to the way anthropology and ethnography help us see ourselves in different light by ‘making the familiar strange’, and so enable us to analyse and understand our own behaviours and practices that we so often take for granted. Daisy’s multidisciplinary background has allowed her to develop both qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, cultural sensitivity and an ability to work with complexity.
“I am thrilled to be joined by a like-minded team of practically-oriented ethnographers and design professionals. Together, we bring grounded social analysis and human-centred design thinking to the task of identifying and reconfiguring knowledge systems and practices.”