Professor Jaya Dantas is Dean International in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University and Professor of International Health, in the School of Public Health where she leads a program of research in refugee and migrant health.
Jaya has worked for more than 30 years in India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Australia and has undertaken teaching and research in Pakistan, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, Singapore and South Africa. In 2010, she was awarded a National Award for University Teaching by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, in 2013, she was made a Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia. She has been a delegate of Graduate Women International to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations from 2015 onwards.
Her central research interests focus on the consequences of post-conflict adversity on women and youth; resilience among refugee and migrant populations, health equity, the social determinants of health, and participatory research. Jaya's research uses rights based participatory approaches to understanding health and social inequalities. She is experienced in international mixed methods field based research especially in post-conflict nations comprising household surveys, rapid ethnographic assessments and community engagement having undertaken research in Rwanda, Uganda, Timor Leste and Sri Lanka.