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Eva Cox

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Eva Cox was born on the 21st of February 1938 in Vienna, Austria. Being born into a Jewish family during Hitler’s annexation of Austria, Cox and her family were declared stateless, and fled to England, where she lived as a refugee until 1946, and later Italy until 1948. She arrived in Australia aged 10, and after heading back to Europe briefly in her twenties, undertook her studies in sociology at the University of New South Wales, graduating with Honours in 1974. First working as a researcher and tutor in the department, Cox became Director of the New South Wales Council for Social Services (1977-81), before taking up a position as adviser to the Federal Shadow Minister for Social Services, Senator Don Grimes. After running a private consultancy, she returned to the academy in 1994, becoming a Senior Lecturer and later Program Director of Social Inquiry at the University of Technology, Sydney, until 2007. Cox has become well known as a public commentator, passionate in her advocacy for women’s rights and the alleviation of social injustice. Her more recent work has included the evaluation of Indigenous policies. Cox has published widely in books, journals and newspapers, and gave the prestigious ABC Boyer Lectures in 1995 on the theme A Truly Civil Society, followed by her monograph Leading Women in 1996. For her extensive contributions, particularly concerning the advancement of women’s welfare, Cox was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 1995, named Humanist of the Year 1997, and featured on a postage stamp, as an Australian Legend in 2011. Cox’s most recent post is as Professorial Fellow at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney.