The Equality Institute, in consultation with Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS)

Research Priorities and Pathways for Progress

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Research Priorities and Pathways for Progress: Mapping the Global Shared Research Agenda Against Australia's National Research Agenda was produced by The Equality Institute, in consultation with Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS).

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The resource presents key areas of research related to violence against women and children that have been identified as priorities for the field in Australia and globally. It shows that there is broad agreement and relevant contextual differences between agenda-setting processes at global and national levels.

The document also identifies lessons learned in the research agenda-setting processes, which should inform future efforts to identify research gaps and set collective priorities.


This document is designed for use:

  • by researchers, funders, practitioners and policymakers to assist with their research planning
  • and resourcing;
  • as an advocacy tool to highlight gaps and areas of research that have been identified as important; and
  • as a reference for researchers to situate their research within national and international priorities.


This resource is based upon an analysis and mapping of two comprehensive research agendas: Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children: ANRA 2020 – 2022 and the Global Shared Research Agenda for research on violence against women in low- and middle-income countries (GSRA). While the agendas were developed separately through distinct processes, the comparison demonstrates that there is significant alignment between the two research agendas. This strengthens the argument for directing research efforts and resources towards identified gaps and priority areas.


This resource can support research efforts by:

  • supporting researchers, academics and others to highlight the relevance of their VAW research in the field;
  • guiding early-career researchers and higher degree researchers to identify and select research areas of focus where there is a clear research gap;
  • guiding research grant awarding bodies and funders, and assisting in directing resources towards priority areas;
  • encouraging the generation of evidence needed to inform policy and practice design to reduce VAW and improve outcomes for victims and survivors and their children;
  • guiding researchers in the ways in which they conduct VAW research, by encouraging approaches that place intersectionality, inclusion and the perspectives of victims and survivors at the centre; and
  • steering future work and agenda-setting processes, such as through the adaptation of the GSRA to the Asia and Pacific region.