Dr Faiza El-Higzi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Faiza El-Higzi OAM is an early career researcher and nationally recognised professional career. Her professional work was recognised with an Order of Australia Medal (2020) and a Queensland Outstanding Achiever Award (2018).

Faiza is a researcher interested in the translation of knowledge and has a strong interest in the dynamics of power and social inequality across gender, faith and cultural indicators with a focus on culturally diverse communities in western contexts.

Faiza brings practical knowledge and experience in government processes and policy development having worked for both State and Federal governments, private sector, and the NGO sector before joining academia.

Research Interests

  • Domestic and family violence among culturally diverse communities
    Domestic abuse and violence among culturally and linguistically diverse people remain an under-researched area. I am interested in projects that focus on the impact of migration and settlement on family dynamics, extended family dynamics and case studies that address male behaviour amongst Middle Eastern and West and South East Asian communities.
  • Islam gender and agency
    Muslim women agency is an emerging area of research. I am interested in projects that explore leadership and advocacy among migrant Muslim women. I am also interested in projects that explore women's advocacy movements and feminism concepts using an Islamic lens.
  • Multiculturalism, Diversity and Inclusion
    My research interests focus on structural and systemic contributors to inequality especially among multicultural groups . I welcome projects that explore specific issues among these groups such as leadership, advocacy, settlement, identity, as well as workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Research Impacts

Faiza plays an important role in local policy development as a sought-after expert on cultural diversity. Currently she advises the State government through the Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council and the Multicultural Advisory Council. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Cultural Inclusion Council at UQ. Through these roles Faiza has contributed to the inclusion of multicultural policy options across domestic and family violence, government boards representation and human rights law reform.

Faiza practical knowledge of institutions has enabled her to contribute to local national and international not-for-profit boards.

As Chair of Ethnic Broadcasting Association Queensland Ltd she has informed organisational governance reform and participatory decision-making processes. As Chair of Welcoming Cities Advisory Council Faiza has informed a review of the organisation’s accreditation standards of Australian cities as cities of welcome for refugees. She also participated to peak bodies such as National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasting Council and Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) on strategic issues such as the Community Broadcasting Road Map 2033 and the review of QCOSS Strategic Plan.


  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), University of Khartoum
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Education (Leadership), Queensland University of Technology
  • Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Man, Queensland University of Technology
  • Masters Degree, Queensland University of Technology


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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