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Dr Susan Carland

Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, where she is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Her teaching and research expertise are in gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, and the modern Muslim experience.

Susan is a regular paper reviewer and Friday panelist on ABC TV’s News Breakfast, and was also the host of the ABC Radio National Series Assumptions.  She has appeared on the Agony series, Lateline, Q and A, The Drum, Home Delivery, and has featured in Harpers Bazaar, Dumbo Feather and Sunday Life magazines. Her PhD will be published by Melbourne University Publishing under the title “Fighting Hislam” in 2017 and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.

In 2012 she was named on the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices list by The Age. She has also been named on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” by the UN Alliance of Civilisations.

Susan is an ambassador for the charity Possible Dreams International, and also a certified scuba diver!




Susan was engaged by the Hollard Diversity Council to address our team on the topic of “Unconscious Bias in the Workplace”.  Susan delivered with a well-prepared, tailored and on-point presentation.  Her three sessions were all well attended and our team found her approachable, entertaining and highly informed!  We recommend Susan to any progressive workplace which is keen to hear from a talented and enthusiastic speaker on a complicated workplace issue.

—Hollard Insurance - July 2016

Susan’s presentation at our annual conference was terrific – it gave each person an insight into how they might approach being a change maker – at all levels! The Q&A session at the end was extremely good – there was no question that was off limits and Susan was open and honest…which was extremely refreshing!

—Jo Fisher Executive, July 2016

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