In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Ainslee Hooper speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Ainslee’s journey from her anthropology schooling to becoming a disability inclusion consultant and podcaster.
About Ainslee Hooper
Ainslee Hooper is an Anthropologist specializing in disability inclusion. For the past three years, she has worked on numerous projects utilizing her ethnographic & qualitative research skills with a focus on disability inclusion for councils, disability service providers, public venues and sustainability services firms.
Ainslee combines her unique knowledge of disability with her professional skills, along with her evidence-backed research methods to empower businesses and organizations to remove invisible barriers and be more inclusive and accessible, reducing the risk of ableism.
Ainslee has been recognized in her field, receiving the Employment Award in the Geelong Awards for People with Disability in 2020. This award recognizes someone who has achieved success or made a substantial contribution to empowering and developing others in the workplace or the community. Ainslee graduated from Deakin University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology. Ainslee is currently completing a PhD in Anthropology at Deakin University, researching the experiences of people with disabilities during the COVID19 pandemic and “COVID normal”.
Ainslee is currently a Community Representative on the Access & Inclusion Advisory Committee for the City of Greater Geelong and is an advisor on the ‘Women and Body Mapping’ Research Study Advisory Group and sits on the board of the Barwon Disability Resource Council & MuMEcations.