Ms Kathryn Allan

Ms Kathryn Allan

Position: PhD Candidate in Anthropology
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology


Location: Banks Building (#44), Linnaeus Way


Bachelor of Social Science (Hons), USC Bachelor of International Studies, USC  

Kathryn Allan is a PhD student at the Australian National University where she is looking at the lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. Prior to embarking on PhD studies she was an activist with Amnesty International for over 10-years with a focus on campaigning on refugee and asylum seeker policy. She also worked in the International Development sector with DFAT Australian Awards and ACIAR capacity building programs. Kathryn graduated as the Chancellor’s Medallist from the University of the Sunshine Coast, awarded for both her work in the community and honours thesis entitled ‘Identity management in disaster response environments: a child exploitation mitigation perspective’ for which she was awarded the IDCARE honours scholarship. Kathryn is passionate about gender equality and social justice. 

Refugees, asylum seekers, informally displaced persons 
Identity and statelessness
Gender and feminism 


  • Allan and Mortenson 2020, ‘Legal Identity Documenting in Disasters: Perpetuating Systems of Injustice’, in Anna Lukasiewicz and Claudia Baldwin (Eds): Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice, 978-981-15-
  • Wyre M, Lacey D & Allan K 2020. The identity theft response system. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 592. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
  • Allan and Lacey 2018, ‘Identity management in disaster response environments: a child exploitation mitigation perspective’, Australian Journal of Emergency Management vol 33, 3: 22-29

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