Dr Karen Block has an interest in qualitative methodologies, mixed methods research and research ethics. She is currently working on a range of projects involving children and young people with a focus on social inclusion, health inequalities, evaluating complex interventions and working in collaborative partnerships with the community. She is an active member of a number of interdisciplinary groups including Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) and the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program.
Karen's PhD project 'Refugee Youth, Social Inclusion and Health', aimed to contribute to a deeper understanding of the issues impacting on social inclusion for newly-arrived adolescent and young adult refugees in Australia and to inform policy and program development relating to service provision for this population and was supported by a NHMRC postgraduate scholarship and a Sidney Myer Health Scholarship. Building on this, current projects focus on refugee background young people and families in a range of Australian settings. She is also a member of the Beyond Bushfires research team, engaged in a study of the medium to long term impacts on communities of the February 2009 'Black Saturday' bushfires in Victoria