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Malita Allan
Research Officer, Work and Economic Security

Dr Malita Allan is a Research Officer in the Work and Economic Security team. 

Malita joined the Research and Policy Centre in 2011 after gaining a PhD in Anthropology from La Trobe University. 

In previous roles she worked as a tutor and tutor coordinator in Anthropology and Sociology at La Trobe University, and has tutored Aboriginal secondary school students under the Victorian Government’s Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.


She has also worked as a Senior Research Assistant at RMIT on a project titled ‘Cultural Economies of Hard Rubbish’ and has been co-editor of the Australian Anthropological Society newsletter.

She is currently working on the longitudinal Life Chances study, which began in 1990 and focuses on the education and employment pathways of the study group, who are now 24–25 year olds.

Malita is also a member of the Brotherhood’s Reconciliation Action Plan working group.


Research interests

  • Poverty and marginalisation
  • Everyday practices, strategies, negotiations and transformations
  • Social-cultural attitudes, values and identities
  • Ethnic tourism in South-east Asia
  • Qualitative research methodologies, ethnography

Affiliations/Associations

Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)

Vietnam Studies Association of Australia (VSAA)

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