Dr. Naomi Joy Godden is a community worker, activist for social justice and environmental integrity, and feminist participatory researcher from the rural community of Margaret River, Western Australia. For more than 15 years her work has bridged feminism, activism, research and policy in Australia and internationally in areas such as gender justice, Aboriginal family violence prevention, youth participation, education access, poverty alleviation, homelessness and affordable housing, sexual exploitation of women, environmental conservation and the gendered impacts of climate change. Naomi has worked in urban, rural and remote communities in Australia, Peru, United States, Honduras, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and India, and has participated in numerous United Nations processes for women’s rights and climate action.
In 2015, Naomi completed her PhD at the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit (GLASS) at Monash University. Her research was entitled ‘The love ethic in international rural community work’, and involved feminist participatory action research with community workers in Australia, Timor-Leste and Peru to develop a radical, non-violent framework of community work and activism for structural change.
Naomi is a Research Fellow at GLASS, researching feminist climate justice activism for transformational change. She is also involved in numerous social justice and environmental justice activist collectives at local, national and international levels. She is a founding member of Just Home (housing justice organisation, Margaret River) and the Women’s Climate Justice Collective (Australia).