Professor Gemma Carey

National Research Director & Academic Director (UNSW), Centre for Social Impact

Professor Gemma Carey comes from a family that has shifted from deprivation and limited education, to fully tertiary educated in two generations.

Since turning 30, she has lived with varying levels of physical disability, when her immune system attacked her nervous system. She believes that working to create equitable living conditions and opportunities is a fundamental responsibility of communities and governments.

These beliefs underpin her work as the Academic Director the Centre for Social Impact UNSW, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers committed to addressing inequality.

She works with governments and non-government organisations to identify and change structures and processes that impact inequality.

At the moment, her research is primarily focused on the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Gemma has published 4 books and over 70 journal articles on different aspects of policy and health. She has a PhD in social policy and population health, and a Masters of Arts (Anthropology and sociology). She is the Academic Director at CSI UNSW and National Research Director for the CSI network.

Gemma's papers and industry pieces can be read at

Gemma will participate in 10 years of reform of the for-purpose sector: Where have we come from and where are we going? as a presenter and panellist.

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