Jane Alver has more than 25 years of experience working in the fields of law, governance, gender, and international development. She currently provides gender advice for a government agency in the foreign affairs portfolio. Jane's areas of expertise include research design in partnership, participatory research, facilitation and training, stakeholder engagement, and strengths-based approaches to development. She has a passion for enabling spaces and conditions for women to step into their own leadership and amplifying the voices of activists, grassroots organisations and communities creating change for gender equality and this is reflected in her areas of research.
She has sectoral experience and expertise related to gender and social inclusion, governance and law. Jane has conducted consultancy and facilitation activities with: World YWCA, Queensland University of Technology, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, Integrity 20 (Griffith University), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the London Borough of Brent and the Women and Equality Unit (UK). She has work experience in Australia, Kiribati, England, Nauru, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu, Myanmar and PNG.
Jane has served on many boards including YWCA of Australia, YWCA of Canberra, Women Lawyers Association of ACT, Women Lawyers Association of NSW, Canberra Mothercraft Society, and Motivation Australia.
Jane is completing her PhD with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy at the University of Canberra (2021). She holds a Master of Studies (Women’s Studies), University of Oxford, (2004); and a Bachelor of Arts (1992) and Bachelor of Laws Honours (1995), Sydney University.