Deanna completed her PhD at the University of Sydney on the subject of child trafficking for sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia. She has also completed a Master of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and a Master of International and Community Development.
Since completion of her PhD, Deanna has worked in research positions for a number of government agencies, international organisations, and non-government organisations. She recently spent four years living in Southeast Asia researching trafficking in persons for various United Nations agencies and non-government organisations, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Children's Fund, and ECPAT International.
Deanna's research on child sexual exploitation has largely focused on strengthening our understanding of country frameworks for identifying and protecting vulnerable and exploited children. Prior to joining the PIER team, Deanna was employed as a Research Fellow (modern slavery) at the University of Nottingham.