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Baden Offord
Professor Baden Offord
BA(Hons), BA(Syd), PhD(SCU)
Current Appointment: Adjunct Professor
Organisational Unit: School of Arts and Social Sciences

Telephone: 02 6620 3162
Facsimile: 02 6622 1683
Location: B 2.41 Lismore Campus (Tue/Thur)
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website

Baden Offord currently holds the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights and is a Research Professor in Cultural Studies and Human Rights as well as Director of Curtin University's Centre for Human Rights Education. He is Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University. Baden was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand of Maori and Pakeha heritage, and has lived most of his life in Australia, as well as several years in Spain, South India and Japan. He was educated at The University of Sydney, Australian National University and Southern Cross University. A recipient of several national teaching awards including an ALTC and Carrick, he has an abiding passion for the purpose of higher education and its tranformative potential. An internationally recognized specialist in human rights, sexuality, culture and education, he is part of a scholarly and activist community that works collectively to decolonize and destabilize the study of sexuality in Southeast Asia. Prior to Curtin University, he has held positions at Southern Cross University (1999-2014); in the Centre for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo (2010-2011) and in the Facultad de Filologia at The University of Barcelona. In the field of human rights he is known for initiating a series of landmark Activating Human Rights conferences and books that were inspired by a morning he spent with Desmond Tutu. A recent article by him is: "Becoming human: lived experience, suicide and the complexities of being," Back to Staff Directory