Chantal Bourgault Du Coudray

Dr, BA PhD W.Aust.

    • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

      6009 Perth


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    Personal profile


    I am the convenor of Gender Studies and a practicing psychotherapist. Teaching and research interests include relational philosophy and praxis, experiential education, post-oppositional politics, and feminist thought, and I have experience leading humanities/STEM collaborations as well as place-based and transdisciplinary collaborations between university and community partners. My research and teaching is facilitative, deploying communicative and organisational processes that foster diversity and inclusion, through making visible the cultural roots of inequality, emphasising ‘eloquent listening’ and stressing the importance of ‘first person research’ or internal work/knowledge. My work is designed to produce attitudinal shifts in individuals that will support them to advocate for and lead a more diversified, tolerant, and communicatively competent workforce, government, society, and culture.

    I arrived at this praxis via thoroughly humanistic pathways: a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history and English, a PhD in History and Women’s Studies, and an interdisciplinary teaching career in the fields of cultural studies, communication and media studies, and gender studies; complemented by creative praxis as a musician and dancer, as well as industry experience as a film-maker and screenwriter which included major projects—including a full-length feature film—supported by private investors and entities such as Screenwest. As a result, my work foregrounds the value of a humanities education in supporting transformative experiential learning experiences, new paradigms for collaboration between universities and their constituents, and (re)conceptualised understandings of leadership.

    Roles and responsibilities

    Convenor of Gender Studies (School of Humanities)

    Chair of the Bachelor of Arts Standing Working Group (responsible for oversight of the Bachelor of Arts)

    Current projects

    Co-leading the design of collaborative and multi-stakeholder processes for stewarding mine closure and relinquishment

    Industrial relevance

    The mining industry is of signature importance to the economies of Western Australia and Australia. It is also a focal point for social tensions arising from the inequalities and privilege that have resulted from the intertwined histories of colonisation, capitalism and patriarchal domination. The industry is now at a 'tipping point' in terms of reckoning with these histories, and my current work stewards the possibilities for economic and social transformation that flow from this awareness.

    Funding overview

    "Driving Transitions for Closure and Relinquishment", Mine Pit Lake Assessment and Management: A National Initiative to Support Mine Closure and Regional Opportunities, CRC TiME (Transformations in Mining Economies) 2022


    "Locating Loss from Climate Change in Everyday Places", ARC Discovery Project 2017

    "Cross-Faculty Wheatbelt Service Learning Project", UWA Alumni Fund, 2014

    "Social Memory and Feminist Cultural Histories", UWA Research Collaboration Award, 2013

    "Blogging from Stuttgart: Improving and Evaluating Cultural Competence through Student Exchange", UWA Improving Student Learning Grant, 2012

    "The Wishbone Bag", Screenwest Project Development Funding, 2011

    "What’s Your Vocation? A Student-Centred Approach to Employability", UWA Teaching Fellowship, 2007

    "The Sickness", Screenwest Development Investment Grant, 2005.

    Teaching overview

    My teaching draws on combinations of my expertise in the following fields:

    • Dialogic and Phenomenological (or Relational) Praxis
    • Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Methodologies
    • Feminist Theory and Practice
    • Masculinity Studies
    • Gestalt Psychotherapy
    • Critical Theory
    • Experiential Learning
    • Popular Culture
    • Screen Culture
    • Film-making and Screenwriting
    • Creative Writing
    • Digital Story Production

    Previous positions

    Academic Director, McCusker Centre of Citizenship (2016-2019)

    Lecturer in Media Studies at Curtin University of Technology (2001-2002)

    Lecturer in History and Cultural Studies at Murdoch University (1998)



    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    External positions

    Counsellor and Gestalt Psychotherapist, Applecross Counselling Centre

    2020 → …

    Industry keywords

    • Mining and Resources
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Environmental
    • Government
    • Health
    • Not for Profit
    • Social and Welfare Issues

    Research expertise keywords

    • Gender theory
    • Feminist philosophy
    • Phenomenology
    • Relational praxis
    • Interdisciplinarity
    • Cultural theory
    • Psychotherapy
    • Screenwriting
    • Participatory action research


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