Emily Rowe is a post-doctoral researcher who has been living in Indonesia since 1998. She is a Project Officer for the Sustainable Financing team, and works on 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 maximise the impact of investments that help prevent HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID) by addressing legal, policy and health system barriers that hinder necessary outreach, coverage and access to core services.
Prior to joining Harm Reduction International in 2017, Emily’s work 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 an 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.