Fatima joined UNU-IIGH in June 2018 as a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on international projects aimed at achieving Gender Equality. Her doctoral research in social epidemiology used data from a large multilevel longitudinal study called HABITAT to identify the social and physical changes required to mitigate gender and age inequalities in recreational and utilitarian walking within neighbourhoods. Her research was part of the broader efforts conducted by the Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities to inform the development of ecological interventions that support active living and ageing communities, funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council.
Previously, Fatima completed a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Public Health. She has also worked within the Australian Public Health sector in a range of projects involving communicable and non-communicable diseases, and in roles including health promotion, health surveillance, policy development and data analysis at the Australian Government Department of Health, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the former Australian National Preventive Health Agency.