Dr Joy Townsend is a sociologist whose area of expertise is in the field of gender and sexualities. Her work centres on the lived experiences of young Australians as they navigate gender, relationships and sexualities. Joy is the Founder and CEO of Learning Consent.

Learning Consent partners with leading educational institutions across Australia to deliver comprehensive relationships and sexuality education programs aligned with international best-practice for the prevention of gendered violence. The Learning Consent curriculum aligns with the UNESCO International Technical Guidance for Sexuality Education. The Guidance presents the evidence base for delivering comprehensive sexuality education within a framework of human rights and gender equality.