Dr Shamim Samani is a Research and Evaluation Officer at Ethics Equity and Social Justice at Curtin University. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia and a University Associate at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy institute where she completed her PhD. She has an MA in Ecologically Sustainable Development from Murdoch University and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Kingston University, UK. She is actively engaged in the NGO sector and her research interests are social sustainability, human and gender development, community development and engagement, and multiculturalism.