• 85 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
1989 …2020
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Personal profile


My work over the last decade has focused on autism, inclusive schooling and the politics of stigma. I have two PhDs - one in social anthropology awarded in 1994 by the Australian National University and the other in early childhood awarded in 2015 by Macquarie University. My work is interdisciplinary, spanning anthropology, sociology, feminist theory and disability studies. After working for Autism Spectrum Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission, I have returned to Macquarie University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in autism. To date, I have published 2 books, 16 sole-authored journal articles and 5 book chapters (2 in-press) as well as journalism, memoir, poetry and theatre reviews. My most recent book is a memoir, Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life (UWA Publishing).


External positions

Honorary Associate, Anthropology, University of Sydney

2017 → …

Project Officer, Australian Human Rights Commission


Research Assistant, Autism Spectrum Australia


Editor, The Australian Journal of Anthropology


Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies, Lingnan University


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University


Tutor, Anthropology, University of Sydney

1988 → …

Associate Lecturer in Aboriginal History, University of Western

1988 → …

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Research Outputs 1989 2020

Drawing in the margins: my son's arsenal of monsters - (autistic) imagination and the cultural capital of childhood

Lilley, R., 2020, Monster anthropology: ethnographic explorations of transforming social worlds through monsters. Mushabash, Y. & Henning Presterudstuen, G. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, p. 191-211 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

cultural capital
primary school
social development

Fostering collaborative family-school relationships to support students on the autism spectrum

Lilley, R., 2019, The SAGE handbook of autism and education. Jordan, R., Roberts, J. M. & Hume, K. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications, p. 351-362 12 p. (Sage Reference).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

research focus

Knowing autism: the place of experiential expertise

Pellicano, E., Den Houting, J., du Plooy, L. & Lilley, R., 2019, In : Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 42, 2 p., e107.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinionResearch

Autistic Disorder

Do oysters get bored? a curious life

Lilley, R., Apr 2018, Perth: UWA Publishing. 228 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

Medieval Period
Inner World

Flight Paths theatre review: a drama of big ideas (Riverside, Parramatta)

Lilley, R., 18 Mar 2018, Daily Review.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteBook/Film/Article reviewResearch

performing arts


Activities 2018 2019

  • 6 Invited talk

poetry at the house

Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
13 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Author Talk

Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
18 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life

Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
24 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Speaker Series: Do Oysters Get Bored? by Rozanna Lilley In conversation with Catherine du Peloux

Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
13 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life

Rozanna Lilley (Speaker)
25 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Women Who Write About Their Feelings and Lives

Rozanna Lilley


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

The best books of 2018 ... and a few more as well

Rozanna Lilley & Jennifer Maiden


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Australian WWI fiction

Kate Evans & Rozanna Lilley


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment