Specialist areas of work and services:
Bodean Hedwards is a criminologist with a background in responses to slavery, with research experience in the government, NGO and university sector.
Experience, Background and Services:
Dr. Bodean Hedwards is a criminologist, focused predominantly on responses to slavery, human trafficking and related forms of exploitation in Australia and abroad and specialises in qualitative research design and implementation.
Currently, she is the project manager for Monash University’s Global Immersion Guarantee; an Australian first initiative that seeks to engage students in issues and solutions to the human impact on the environment in innovative and sustainable ways. Prior to this, Bodean was a Research Associate at the Border Crossings Observatory and the Rights and Justice Priority Area at Nottingham University, where she worked on a variety of research projects focused on slavery and trafficking. She was also a Researcher with the Walk Free Foundation where she specialised in assessing government responses to modern slavery throughout Southeast Asia. Bodean has also worked with the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra on a range of issues, including anti-human trafficking, countering violent extremism and indigenous justice. Outside her formal employment, Bodean was also the Vice-Chair of the Canberra Chapter of Young UN Women and established ‘A Million Hands Project’, a small NGO that supported a health clinic in Lucknow, India.
Bodean has published on a range of issues, including the response to modern slavery in Australia and abroad, refugees, people smuggling, Indigenous justice programs, technology and crime, and qualitative research methods.