Dr Marika Guggisberg joined CQUniversity’s Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research earlier this year and is already making in roads in the battle against domestic and family violence. As an expert and adviser in criminology, psychology, as well as being a sexologist, Dr Guggisberg has a wealth of experience to bring to the fore. Based in Perth, Marika conducts research and also teaches units as part of the University’s postgraduate courses in domestic and family violence practice. Along with this Marika also collaborates with the University’s counselling team providing advice and recommendations on policy and student support.
What is your first memory?
Having the opportunity to see myself in the mirror (I have an identical twin) – it was fabulous growing up together and we are still very close (geographically and otherwise).
What was a recent highlight of your life?
Commencing work at the CQUni Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) while teaching the postgraduate course in Domestic and Family Violence Practice. This allows me to pursue my passion to help victimised women and children through different avenues (advocacy, education, and research).
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
The great opportunities, a forward thinking and being a great place to work.
What do you like most about the work arrangements at CQUni?
The interesting concept of belonging to different communities (being based at Perth campus, situated in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences, and being part of the great QCDFVR team that is based in Mackay).
What is the best thing about your CQUni campus?
The small friendly team; many of us started in February 2017 or later and can relate to each other in finding our feet.
Describe the greatest moment in your life so far?
Becoming a mother – I have three wonderful (grown up) kids and enjoyed every moment seeing them become their own independent feminist contributors.
What’s the biggest way a student has surprised/inspired you?
Some of my past postgraduate students asked me to be their mentor and use me as their role model in their professional endeavours, which is a huge compliment and honour.
If you could solve any social issue what would it be?
Violence against women and children.
Jamie Oliver is coming for dinner, what do you make for him?
An authentic Hungarian main dish with Swiss Chocolate dessert.