Lindy Kanan

Senior Research Officer
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Lindy Kanan, Senior Research Officer, Department of Pacific Affairs

Lindy Kanan is a Senior Research Officer at the Department of Pacific Affairs. She works on multiple projects relating to gender, domestic violence, and women’s safety.

Previously, Lindy was Assistant Director of the Family Violence Programs Section at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and Development Manager of Femili PNG.

Lindy is an experienced international development practitioner and has lived and worked in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. She has worked for the United Nations, the Vanuatu Skills Partnership and various non-government organisations including Oxfam Australia and Childfund Australia.

Lindy’s research interests are centred around international development, gender equality, justice and aid investments to combat gender-based violence.

External Publications:

Kanan L and Putt J 2018, Family protection orders in Lae: some positive signs, Canberra: Development Policy Centre, Australian National University.

Kanan L 2015, Gender-based violence: hurting the bottom line for business in PNG, Canberra: Development Policy Centre, Australian National University.

Putt J and Kanan L 2021, Do protection orders make PNG women safer?, Canberra: Development Policy Centre, Australian National University.

by Lindy Kanan

Research on Family Protection Orders in Papua New Guinea

The Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) is conducting research on how Family Protection Orders are being used in Papua New Guinea.

New report on Protection Orders in Lae, PNG

A new report authored by DPA’s Judy Putt, as well as Theresa Phillips, Davida Thomas and Lindy Kanan, details the results of a study into the the uptake and efficacy of family protection orders(FPO

PNG woman with bruised eye

Family protection legislation in PNG - new pilot research

Dr Judy Putt explores how family violence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been impacted by family protection legislation.

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