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Baden Offord
Professor Baden Offord
BA(Hons), BA(Syd), PhD(SCU)
Current Appointment: Adjunct Professor
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

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

Baden Offord AO is Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights and Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights at Curtin 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 transformative 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. He has held positions at Curtin University, where he was the Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights Education (Jan 2015 - Dec 2020); Southern Cross University (1999-2014); in the Centre for Pacific and American Studies, The University of Tokyo (2010-2011) and in the Facultad de Filología 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," In 2021 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The citation: "For distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity."