Yaso Nadarajah is Researcher, Educator and Development Sociologist with special interest in the areas of human ingenuity, community engagement, sacred investment, and international development. Commitment to establishing an international and regional cross-sector reference in the Indo-Pacific has meant spending more than sixty percent of her time in the field, and working through both local and global challenges in areas stretched and remade by reclaimed customary practices, national agendas and global markets.
As a key researcher in RMIT’s Centre for Global Research, Yaso’s primary undertaking was the Local-Global Community Sustainability project, a study of communities across a range of sites in Australia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea. This study has generated a wide range of research reports and academic publications, with visible influence in public and community development policy. She is continuing her research in Papua New Guinea, India, Malaysia and Australia, where she is working on a body of work around the questions of the sacred, social change and ‘building from the ground-up’ development approach.
Yaso was an Executive Member of the Centre for Global Research (2005-2009) & Research Program Manager of the Community Sustainability Program in RMIT Global Cities Institute (2009 – 2013). She was Head, Intercultural Projects & Resources Unit (IPRU) 1997-2005; and alumna, Committee for Melbourne Future Focus Group Leadership program.