Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra
Jane’s PhD thesis is entitled ‘Negotiating Sisterhood in the Pacific Region: Feminist Alliances across Diversity.’ The threat to feminist advocacy and women’s human rights worldwide flags an urgent need to identify what pathways are available for regional collective alliances, and how feminists make use of these pathways in their efforts to respond to the threats they experience and to amplify voices and actions. The thesis investigates the ways feminist civil society actors in the Pacific region respond to the shrinking opportunities for inclusion, and the type of alliances they build to consolidate and amplify their voice in the region.
More specifically, the thesis seeks to respond to the following questions:
- What are the prospects and challenges of building regional feminist alliances in the Pacific region?
- How do the Pacific feminist civil society actors navigate the challenge of building a unified regional voice that is attuned to the differences across the region and its peoples?
- What impact, if any, do the feminist alliances have regionally and globally?
- A/Prof Selen Ercan (Primary Supervisor)
- Prof John Dryzek (Secondary Supervisor)
Jane Alver has more than 25 years of experience working in the fields of law, governance, gender, and international development. She currently provides gender advice for a government agency in the foreign affairs portfolio. Jane's areas of expertise include research design in partnership, participatory research, facilitation and training, stakeholder engagement, and strengths-based approaches to development. She has a passion for enabling spaces and conditions for women to step into their own leadership and amplifying the voices of activists, grassroots organisations and communities creating change for gender equality and this is reflected in her areas of research.
She has sectoral experience and expertise related to gender and social inclusion, governance and law. Jane has conducted consultancy and facilitation activities with: World YWCA, Queensland University of Technology, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, Integrity 20 (Griffith University), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the London Borough of Brent and the Women and Equality Unit (UK). She has work experience in Australia, Kiribati, England, Nauru, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu, Myanmar and PNG.
Jane has served on many boards including YWCA of Australia, YWCA of Canberra, Women Lawyers Association of ACT, Women Lawyers Association of NSW, Canberra Mothercraft Society, and Motivation Australia.
Jane is completing her PhD with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy at the University of Canberra (2021). She holds a Master of Studies (Women’s Studies), University of Oxford, (2004); and a Bachelor of Arts (1992) and Bachelor of Laws Honours (1995), Sydney University.
- 50/50 by 2030 Foundation Steering Committee 2018 - present
- IGPA HDR Representative 2017 – 2018
- Research for Development Impact Network Ethics Advisory Committee 2020
- Interviewer, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance’s Book Drop Series.
- Alver, J. (forthcoming) ‘Negotiating Sisterhood in the Pacific Region: Feminist Alliances Across Diversity.’ Global Policy
- Bett, B., Alver, J. and O’Keefe, G. (2021) ‘Sexual and Gender Minorities in Agricultural Research: The Hidden Mirror.’ International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies 4(1).
- Rowe, P. and Alver, J. (2021). ‘Unpaid Labour in Australian Politics’ in Z. Ghazarian and K. Lee-Koo (Eds). Gender Politics: Navigating Political Leadership in Australia, Sydney: NewSouth Books.
- Alver, J. (2020) ‘Building inclusive young women’s leadership in the Pacific: Spaces for change’ in K. Lee-Koo & L. Pruitt (Eds.) Young Women’s Leadership. London: Routledge
- Parry, L.J., Thompson, N. and Alver, J. (2019). ‘Democratic Innovation in Australasia’ in S. Elstub and O. Escobar (Eds.) Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
View Jane Alver’s complete list of publications here.
- Alver, J. (2020), Beijing + 25; The way forward: Pacific perspectives, UNSW, December 2020
- Alver, J. (2020) Pacific Feminism, Oceanic Conference on International Studies, ANU December 2020
- Alver, J. (2020); Can a t-shirt slogan ever be counted as part of the ‘system’ of reasoned deliberation? Or: Does my activist agenda look big in this? Deliberative Democracy Summer School, Canberra, February 2020
- Alver, J., O’Keefe, G. and Bosibori, B (2019) Breaking down the binary in agricultural research, Seeds of Change, April 2019, Canberra
- Alver, J. (2018); Building inclusive young women’s leadership in the Pacific; spaces for change; Political Organisations & Participation workshop, Sydney, November 2018
- Alver, J. (2018); Regional solutions to global issues: Addressing Marginalisation through the Pacific Feminist Forum, IPSA World Congress, Brisbane, July 2018
- Alver, J. (2017) Feminist Utopias, ANU, September 2017
- Alver, J. (2017) ‘Advancing Pacific Regional Feminism through New Spaces for Talk & Action’ , International Studies Association conference, Hong Kong University, June 2017, later published by www.sistersforchange.org.uk
- Alver, J. (2017) ‘Pacific civil society ‘feminisms’: Where theory and practice meet’, International Feminist Journal of Politics Conference, Delhi, India, April 2017
- Alver, J. (2017) Achieving a regional sisterhood through democratic dialogue
- Alver, J. (2016) Feminist democratic innovations in the Pacific region, 2nd Deliberative Democracy Summer School, February 2016, University of Canberra
- Alver, J. (2016) ‘Innovation and Design Ideas to Capture Community Voice and Vision’, ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) Conference on ‘Citizen Voice, Community Vision’ 4-5 August 2016, ACT
Scholarships & Prizes
- 2021 Finalist, ACT Women of the Year Awards
- 2016 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 3 years
- 2017 Travel Grant International Feminist Journal of Politics Journal Conference, New Delhi
- 2017 Travel Grant International Studies Association Conference, University of Hong Kong
- 2018 Travel Grant Political Organisation & Participation Workshop, Macquarie University
- 2019 Travel Grant, Gender in Australian Politics, University of Monash
- 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence
- 2018 VCs Award for Excellence in Diversity for 50/50 by 2030 Foundation team
- Alver, J. (2021) Commission on the Status of Women. Who is left out of the digital frame? BroadAgenda, 16 February
- Alver, J. (2021) Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future, ACIAR, 5 March
- Alver, J. (2020) How Pacific Feminists Respond to Global Backlash Against Women’s Rights, International UN Watch, 2 July
- Alver, J. (2020) Are Young Women Leaders in the Pacific Being Heard During the COIVD-19 Crisis? Developmental Leadership Program, 11 May
- Alver, J. (2020) Regional Security Measures Include Hearing Diverse Women’s Voices, The Strategist (and republished by New Zealand Institute of International Affairs as Regional Security Measures (nziia.org.nz)), 1 May
- Alver, J. (2020) Virus Shuts UN Meg Meeting Amid Rising Criticism, BroadAgenda, 3 March
- Alver, J. (2019) A job that can actually make a difference; The Footnotes
- Alver, J. (2019) Removing Barriers for Gender Diverse Agricultural Workers , BroadAgenda, 20 March
- Alver, J. (2019) Beyond the Headcount; Diversity in Diplomacy, BroadAgenda, 6 February
- Alver, J and Stephenson, E.(2018) Is Diversity Disrupting Diplomacy -and are we doing enough to ensure it is? Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, 5 December
- Alver, J (2018) From Global to regional; Meeting in the SDGs in the Pacific region, BroadAgenda, 5 November
- Alver, J. Our Time Now, Pacific Feminists Creating New Spaces to Talk and to be Heard, Fawcett Society
Alver, J. (2017) Quotas in Australia – What Has Changed in 13 Years, BroadAgenda, 5 December
Alver, J. (2017) Redefining Leadership for Young Women by Young Women, BroadAgenda, 24 October
Alver, J and Bhusal, T. Participatory Democracy in Emerging Contexts; Fiji & Nepal Open Democracy, 15 September
Alver, J. (2017) Feminist Innovations in the Pacific – The Inaugural Pacific Feminist Forum , Development Policy, 16 January
Alver, J. (2017) Pacific Feminist Civil Society, BroadAgenda, September 19, 2017
Alver, J. (2016) What makes participatory processes democratic? From external to internal inclusion, Policy Space