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Professor Baden Offord
BA(Syd), BA(Hons), PhD(SCU)
Current Appointment: Thesis Markers
Organisational Unit: Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Telephone: 02 6620 3162
Facsimile: 02 6622 1683
Location: B116
Campus: Lismore


Born in Aotearoa/NZ of Maori and Pakeha heritage, Baden is Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights and Co-Director of the Centre for Peace and Social Justice. He was educated at The University of Sydney, Australian National University and Southern Cross University.

Baden is an internationally recognized specialist in sexuality, human rights and culture. His work on LGBTQ human rights in Southeast Asia and Australia is widely cited. In 2012 he was a sponsored speaker to the 14th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels and conducted a lecture tour of Japan sponsored by the Australian Prime Minister's Educational Assistance Funds post the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.


Baden's research focuses on questions of identity, social justice, sexuality and gender, human rights, diversity and pedagogy. His research cuts across the fields of Cultural Studies, Asian studies, Australian Studies. He sees culture as the crucial fabric of political and social life.

He was the 2010-2011 Chair (Visiting Professor) in Australian Studies, The University of Tokyo and has held Visiting positions to universities in Spain, New Zealand, Australia, India and the United States.

His book, Homosexual Rights as Human Rights: Activism in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003), won the George Duncan Memorial Award in 2005. In 2006 he received a Manning Clark House Honourable Mention for an Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture.

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Editorial Boards

The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies

Coolabah, Observatori: Centre d'Estudis Australians

International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies


A recipient of several national teaching awards, Baden teaches Cultural Studies in the Bachelor of Arts. He has had many Honours students and 12 PhD student completions with projects on gender and LGBTQ identity, cultural citizenship, surfing culture, refugees, Indigenous and critical pedagogy, journalism ethics, decolonisation, creative writing, ecocultural studies, activism, belonging, Buddhism and Foucault, critical race studies, human rights. He welcomes new Honours, MA and PhD students.

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Vice-President (International) Cultural Studies Association of Australasia CSAA

Since 1997 he has provided expert testimony pro bono for more than 47 asylum cases by LGBT Southeast Asians in the USA & to the Canadian government and CNN.

Board Member, Centre for Australian Studies, University of Barcelona, Spain.

Prior to his academic career he worked for The Theosophical Society in Chennai, India, from 1986-1988, lecturing widely on Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and contemporary Indian philosophies.

His passwords for life are curiosity and compassion.

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