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Recent Speaking Events

  • - TEDxSouthBank: 'Why sex (as we know it) doesn't matter,' Dec 6th, 2014.

  • - Australian Institute of Sexual Health Medicine conference: 'In pursuit of female desire,' - keynote speaker, November 15, 2014.

  • - Sydney Opera House: 'How to have better sex,' - Kaz Cooke, Bella Ellwood-Clayton, Natasha Mitchell - March 30th, 2014.

  • - Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers & Therapists, NSW: 'Factors that impact women's low libido' - guest speaker, August 15th, 2012.

  • - Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Science, Melbourne: 'Dr Bella Ellwood Clayton and Professor Susan Davis discuss women's low libido' - guest speaker, August 23rd, 2012.

  • - Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra: 'Sex after children,' - guest speaker, September 10th, 2012.


    -  (2003). Virtual strangers: Young love and texting in the Filipino archipelago of cyberspace. In K. Nyiri (Ed.), Mobile Democracy: Essays on Society, Self and Politics (pp. 225-239). Vienna: Passager Verlag. Link
  • -  (2005). Desire and loathing in the cyber Philippines. In R. Harper (Ed.), The Inside Text: Social Perspectives on SMS in the Mobile Age. London: Springer-Verlag. Download

    -  (2005). Folk Catholicism in the cyber Philippines: The Lord is my textmate. In K. Nyiri (Ed.), The Global and the Local in Mobile Communication: Places, Images, People, Connections. Vienna: Passagen Verlag. Link

    -  (2006). Unfailthful: Enchantment and disenchantment through mobile use. In J. Hoflich & M. Hartmann (Eds.), An Ethnographic View on Mobile Communication. Berlin. Download

    - (2007). Constructions of Seduction: Premarital Sex in the Catholic Philippines. Journal: Pilipinas. Download

    - (Sept 1, 2007). Australian Journal of Anthropology: Book review of Transforming Technologies, Altered Selves: Mobile Phone and Internet Use in the Philippines by Raul Pertierra.


    - 1999 First Class Honours.

    - 1999 Mark Doughty Scholarship.

    - 2000 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship.

    - 2002 Asian Travelling Fieldwork Scholarship, the University of Melbourne.

    - 2002 Travel Bursary from the Key Centre for Women’s Health in Society, the University of Melbourne.

    - 2003 Travel Bursary to attend Mobile Communications: Social and Political Effects conference (Budapest), from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and T-Mobile.

    - 2004 Population Health Investing in Research Students’ Training Grant. School of Population Health, the University of Melbourne.

    - 2004 Travel Bursary to attend The Global and the Local in Mobile Communication: Places, Images, People,
    conference (Budapest), from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and T-Mobile.

    - 2006. Travel Bursary to attend Cultural Space and Public Space in Asia, Seoul, Korea.

    "Texting in the Philippines is transforming conventional fairy tales. Not unlike a Cinderella-themed narrative: the ballroom can be conceived as cyberspace, where instead of dancing, Cinderella and the Prince text one another. The fit of the glass slipper can be compared to text skill. The fairy godmother
    can be envisioned as technology; the evil step-mother, the cost of pre-paid calling cards; the three evil
    step-sisters: a stolen phone, a faulty SIM card, and no signal."
    (Bella Ellwood-Clayton 2003)


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