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Critical Issues in Social Change in the Asia-Pacific (Chair: Ross Gordon)Ross Profile Cropped.JPG

This special session will consider some of the issues, challenges and future reflections on social change efforts in the Asia-Pacific. Topics that will be discussed through a critical perspective include the gendered social change, the role of culture, domestic violence and female empowerment, social activism and LGBTIQ rights, and some of the social, cultural and political issues that frame social issues and social change activities in the region. Our excellent panel members are Nathaly Aya Pastrana, Irma Martam, Nicholas Deroose and Tom Carroll.



Nathaly 1-0001.jpgNathaly Aya Pastrana

Doctoral Student and Research Assistant, BeCHANGE Research Group, Institute for Public Communication, Universitá della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland


Gender, culture and social change (including reference to the COHESION project Nepal)


Nathaly is a doctoral student and research assistant in Social Marketing at the Università della Svizzera italiana and a PhD student at the Swiss School of Public Health Plus. She contributes to research and communication as part of a research for development project addressing the double burden of non-communicable and neglected tropical diseases in Mozambique, Nepal and Peru. She has worked across sectors on projects related to inclusive education, community development, gender equality, sustainable fishing and public health. She is interested in advancing the use of gender responsive social marketing interventions adapted to the context of low and middle-income countries to respond to international development issues. Nathaly is a founding member of the emerging Latin American Social Marketing Association.




Irma Martam

Domestic violence and gender equality social change programmes in Indonesia


Irma Martam Psy, MPH is a psychologist, behavioral change specialist and researcher graduated from University Indonesia and took her Master degree at George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services, specializing in Health Communication and Marketing. She has over 20 years’ professional experience and also more than 10 years experience in civil society organization (Yayasan PULIH). She has work in various issues from health issues, gender based violence, environment and community development. She has various experiences in conduct monitoring and evaluation program for development agency such as USAID, UNICEF (Evaluation on Child Protection Program), UNFPA consultant to review guidelines for Male Engagement program in Indonesia and also involved in Social Marketing program mostly for prevention of Violence Against Women such as Unite Campaign (UN Women and Pulih), Men Care Program a global male engagement to prevent violence against women. She has experienced conducting studies in various ASEAN countries and across Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua.






Nicholas de Roose.jpgNicholas Deroose

Social activism and representing the LGBTIQ community in Singapore


Nicholas Deroose is a gay activist in Singapore. He has been featured in SQ21: Singapore Queers of the 21st Century and GASSP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose. He is also the co-host of Queercast, Singapore’s only podcast covering LGBT issues. Most recently, he worked with a team of lawyers to produce Singapore’s first LGBT legal guide for couples and families. In his free time he enjoys cafes, partying and daydreaming.


Dr Tom Carroll.jpgTom Carroll    

Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health    
at the University of Sydney    


Cultural and political challenges    
in public health change programmes across Asia    


Dr Tom Carroll is a psychologist with thirty-five years’ experience in public health social marketing in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Sydney, he is a senior advisor on policy and communications with global public health organisation, Vital Strategies, and oversees the organisation’s tobacco control, road safety and sodium reduction social marketing programs in China and South-East Asia. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and was previously senior advisor on social marketing and research to the Australian Department of Health, consulting across a broad range of public health areas. He was recently honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Social Marketing award at the inaugural World Social Marketing Achievement Awards in 2017.