Ruth De Souza is a writer, a podcaster, a researcher and a consultant.

Services

Research and Writing

Passionate about addressing inequities, with theoretical interests in feminist theory, postcolonial theory and critical qualitative research methodologies.

Media Presenter

Media expert on health inequities in refugee and migrant communities; birthing and mental health.

Consulting

Available for engagement in projects including: facilitation, consultation, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement organisational development, research, training and project management.

Keynote Speaker

An experienced speaker, presenter, MC and facilitator with specific professional expertise in cultural safety, maternity, cultural issues in health, migration and health, social inclusion, mental health and more.

Podcast

Conversations with changemakers about birth, racism, and cultural safety.

Recent Episode

  • Series 4 Episode 5: Aseel Tayah on connecting communities through creativity and storytelling

    Series 4 Episode 5: Aseel Tayah on connecting communities through creativity and storytelling

    Aseel Tayah is a Melbourne-based Palestinian artist, creative director and cultural leader who uses her practice to advocate for artists of color, mothers, children and young people, changing the world, one project at a time. Resident in Melbourne since 2016, Aseel works globally, using the power of storytelling to create awareness, facilitate connections and humanise […]

Research

I am a nurse, academic and community-engaged researcher in gender, race, health and digital technologies. Based on the lands of the Kulin Nation in Victoria, Australia, my ancestral heritage is in Goa, India but I have had the privilege of living and working in Tanzania, Kenya, Aotearoa New Zealand, The Kingdom of Tonga, England and Switzerland. My lived experiences in these places has profoundly shaped my commitment to care, justice and equity. I am committed to collaborative, creative and participatory approaches to research and design with the aim of informing policies and services that can serve communities better. I write, teach, and speak about cultural safety, birthing, racism and healthcare.

Research Areas (thanks for your patience, I am revamping the website, so content will be appearing slowly)

Arts and Health Birthing Data/Digital health Mental health Migrant health

Writing + News

Reviews, notes and reflections, focussing on race, health, and current projects.

  • Teaching into a headwind and Nursing a Radical Imagination

    Teaching into a headwind and Nursing a Radical Imagination

    So, this incredible book Nursing a Radical Imagination: Moving from Theory and History to Action and Alternate Futures, Edited by Jess Dillard-Wright, Jane Hopkins-Walsh, Brandon Brown has been published, and what a thrill to have a chapter in it! The book is described as “Examining the historical context of healthcare whilst focusing on building a […]

  • The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange

    The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange

    It has been a privilege to be a part of the team who created The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange, at the RMIT Design Hub Gallery as part of the Big Anxiety Naarm/Melbourne. The exhibition highlights creative responses and stories from nurses and midwives who worked through the pandemic in Australia and the US. We […]

  • Birthing and Justice: From intimate, asynchronous, mobile media to a scheduled live audience

    Birthing and Justice: From intimate, asynchronous, mobile media to a scheduled live audience

    When I was twelve years old I went on a work experience trip to a Radio station 1ZM in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland with my pal Mandy Cunningham. I had big dreams of being a DJ and radio announcer but I was disappointed that DJs were not autonomous. They had to play particular songs. That was not […]

About Ruth De Souza

Ruth De Souza is a nurse, academic and community engaged researcher in gender, race, health and digital technologies.

Ruth is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at RMIT University, based in the School of Art and Design.

Ruth’s Fellowship has focused on knowledge translation using creative methods.

Testimonials

“Ruth was wonderful to work with – responsive, highly experienced, and understood our organisational context very well. Her workshop was very engaging and appropriately challenging. I’d have no hesitation in inviting her back!”
— Tseen Khoo,
La Trobe University, Melbourne

“The team absolutely loved Ruth’s work and ability to engage with all disciplines and different knowledge levels.”
— Chiedza Malunga, Monash Health

“The team absolutely loved Ruth’s work and ability to engage with all disciplines and different knowledge levels.”
— Chiedza Malunga, Monash Health