Emily Rowe is an Australian born, Bali based post-doctoral researcher who has been living in Indonesia since 1998. Emily joined Harm Reduction International in June 2017 as Project Officer for the Global Fund regional Harm Reduction Advocacy in Asia project, coordinating research projects in 7 countries in Asia (India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and the Philippines). The project aims to maximize impact of investments that help break the cycle of transmission of HIV among PWID in concentrated epidemics by addressing legal, policy and health system barriers that hinder necessary outreach, coverage and access to core services.
Prior to joining Harm Reduction International, Emily’s work has predominately concentrated on evidence based community programming, with a particular focus on HIV prevention and treatment among vulnerable communities, including female sex workers, MTF transgender women, MSM and, in particular, PWID. She has experience collaborating with projects in Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Philippines, Timor Leste, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, among others.
She has worked extensively on prison health projects and sits on the Board as Advisor for the national peak advocacy body for sex workers in Indonesia, OPSI. Her academic affiliations include The Canadian Institute for Health Research, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS, University of British Columbia, Canada; the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia; the School of Social Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand; and Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia, where she is an adjunct lecturer in public health.
As a health anthropologist she is especially passionate about work that promotes inclusion and the meaningful involvement of disenfranchised communities, as well as community based participatory research approaches.