Dr Lisa Stefanoff

Senior Research Officer /Research Fellow


PhD, New York University, 2010; MPhil, New York University, 2005; MA, New York University, 2002; Certificate in Culture and Media (Documentary, New York University, 2002; BA Hons (1), University of Sydney, 1993

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:



Alice Springs - CDU Building 15


Dr Lisa Stefanoff is a cultural anthropologist and community media-arts producer, currently Senior Research Officer on the ‘Air in Alice’ project.  She also holds senior Adjunct positions at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Charles Darwin University (CDU).

 Lisa specialises in co-developing qualitative methodologies informed by Indigenous standpoint, story, art and design, and brings these skills to Citizen Science health and climate research at Menzies.

Lisa undertook her graduate studies at New York University as a GSAS MacCracken Fellow. She has conducted collaborative, participant-action and cultural practice-led research in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) since 2002, funded by major Australian and US research programs, institutes and foundations. 

Prior to joining Menzies, Lisa was a UNSW ARC DECRA Research Fellow. Her work there enabled the first ever Pitjantjatjara language mental health tjukurpa Virtual Reality film ‘Waumananyi – the song on the wind’ (2019), a collaboration between NPYWC Uti Kulintjaku and the UNSW fEELab / ‘Big Anxiety’ project.

Across her first decade in Alice Springs Lisa held research and project management positions at the CRC-REP/UniSA, IAD Press, and CAAMA Productions.

Before undertaking her graduate studies in the US and moving to the desert, Lisa worked on multicultural HIV/AIDS community research projects for the NSW Department of Health.

Lisa is a regular peer reviewer and serves on social research journal editorial committees.

Research Themes
  • Environmental health and climate
  • Air in Alice